Earlier this month we received an e-mail from Original BootCamp Malaysia (or was it on FaceBook group? Can’t remember) saying that there will be new toys to play with. A few of us asked the instructors for some hints of what the new toys would be. Of course they only grinned and refused to tell us. Well, no harm trying our luck, kan?
Seriously, what else can be so terrible? We’ve gone through sandbags, tyres, mock rifles (pipes filled with lots of sand), ropes, small tanks of water… We also got to know new friends such as Mud, Rain, Sun, Grass, Allergy Reactions, Sweat, Blisters, Bruises, Aches, Sand Flies… Though the good part is that they also come with Weight Loss, Endurance, Strength and Muscles I Thought I’d Never See In My Lifetime.
So the question is, WHAT ELSE CAN BRING US DOWN?!? HAR? HAR?!?! BRING IT ON LAH!
They did, and it came in the form of The North Face backpacks filled with 6kg, 8kg and 12kg of what feels like cement. They are probably sand packs, but they felt like lead.
We get a backpack each with different weights – Rangers get the 6kg, Seals get the 8kg and Deltas get the 12kg. I’m in Seals this month and I don’t envy the Deltas. This morning was the first time I regretted bringing a 1.5L of water because that goes into our backpacks as well. We jogged, ran, sprinted (or at least tried to sprint) around the entire Padang Astaka a few times. Only stopped to do assorted push-ups, squats, jumps, lunges and relays WITH the bloody backpacks on. Then back to brisk-walking, jogging and running, repeat cycle.
Before we get to warm down, we had to do 2 mins of planks and 2 mins of shoulder holds. A plank is when you lie on the ground and you support your body weight with toes and forearms. Shoulder holds (my term, really) is when you support your body weight with your palms. Both suck. Anyone who drops to their knees, get grunts as punishment. Grunts suck too.
And that’s when you’d hear strange noises and screams from me. I’m sorry if they sound a tad obscene but I really can’t help it. That’s my way of pushing myself so I suppose you guys will have to live with it
I’m still amazed that I managed to pull it off. I was the slowest in the Seals/ Deltas, but I completed the damn thing! Couldn’t feel my legs, couldn’t even think properly to let the pain register. Sweat literally poured down my face. Felt like swinging the damn backpack to hurt somebody, felt like vomiting, felt like passing out, felt like giving up. Most happy that I didn’t.
Felt grateful to Sergeant Sim for pushing me to limits that I didn’t know I was capable of.
By the way, this whole psychological mind mental battlefield can be a rough game. I didn’t want to be in Seals, I didn’t ask to be in Seals. Inherent lazy nature, not wanting to do more what. So at the beginning of the month, I was up to my usual bitching – complaining and whining about being in Seals. After all I like to whine and I’m pretty good at it. Whine bitch whine bitch whine.
Then Sergeant Sim said, “Well, you are a Seal now. You may not be in Seals next month. You have to earn your place.”
I tell you ar, they really know which buttons to push.