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JASON JAKSETIC’S 100-MILE SNOWSHOE RACE VIDEO   Leave a comment

This is the story of Jason Jaksetic’s 100-mile snowshoe race. Like it says, “It’s about pushing past what is realistic so you can find out what’s possible.” This is the story and the guy that inspired me to take up snowshoe racing this year. I like cold weather, I like endurance challenges, and I like being in the wilderness. I’m going to start with a 10K race, but I would like to see and learn how far I can go, especially if it helps others. – Tom (Support me at www.active.com/donate/MARSOCDelaney)

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ENDURANCE-BUILDING TRAINING STRATEGIES   1 comment

Endurance is the ability to maintain work and physical exertion over extended periods of time. Endurance is a necessary capability for situations that are not resolvable in a finite episode or short period of time. In terms of physical fitness, endurance comes into play when, e.g.: long distances need to be run, swam and/or rowed; when physically engaging with an opponent multiple times or with multiple opponents, perhaps in the process of crossing long distances; or when an adverse physical, mental or environmental condition must be successfully met and overcome over an extended period of time. This last situation is a compelling reason why I advocate all-seasons outdoor training – it builds endurance. At the time that Dick Couch wrote The Warrior Elite the BUD/S candidates with the highest probability of passing BUD/S were coming from Minnesota. If you ask me, it’s because the weather here develops endurance in the people who live here in Minnesota. In my own training, I work on developing my endurance with multiuple training approaches: trail running, ruck running, interval sprinting and suspension training to name just a few. Recently Greatist author Laura Schwecherl wrote a very good summary article on strategies for developing endurance. She lists 7 strategies to consider that I wrote down as:

1. Rest Up
2. Eat Right
3. High Intensity Interval Training
4. Resistance Training
5. Favorite Music (Navy SEAL Stew Smith also recommended this.)
6. Train to Correct, Compensate or Cover Weaknesses & Vulnerabilities
7. Beet Juice (for real)

Take a look at the list and see if you’ve got your endurance training covered, or are there a couple of new strategies to consider for yourself. You can check out the full article HERE.

S.E.R.E. READING LIST   Leave a comment

My approach to tactical fitness training has four key components: physical fitness; land and riverine navigation; team leadership; and situational awareness. This is different from what you will encounter in many other tactical fitness programs which focus solely on physical training at the expense of developing mental fitness and leadership skills. My goal is to develop a trainee into a someone who can assume a leadership role in crisis situations, whether in the field or in the office. The physical dimension of training is matched with an equally important (if not more important) mental dimension of training. Being able-bodied is not enough! A leader must be able-minded in crisis situations, for her or himself, and especially when others are not and are counting on the leader for a survival or success strategy.

The United States Air Force’s Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape program recently publicized a reading list of the books most read and referred to by SERE Specialists. SERE Specialists train special operations teams on methods for surviving in a variety of wilderness environments with minimal (if any) equipment, how to evade capture, hot resist captors if taken prisoner, and how to escape captors. The mental challenge of these types of situations is off the scale. One Navy SEAL commented that BUD/S (SEAL training selection) was tough, but that there were experiences in SERE that he was glad he only had to get through once. All of this is to say that this reading list is HIGHLY VALUABLE INFORMATION, not only for anyone who aspires to a special operations career, but also to anyone who wants to cultivate the self-confidence, attitude and perspective required of a high performing team and its leader. Here is the list, I am placing two asterisks “**” next to the texts I have read and personally recommend! For more info, contact me, Tom Delaney (Tactical Fitness Trainer) at greatriverfitness@gmail.com!

SERE BOOK LIST
by RC DeLano

A. GENERAL

1. Be expert with Map & Compass, The Orienting Handbook** by Bjorn Kjellstrom. Joline Press, Any Edition.

2. Map Reading and Land Navigation, FM 21-26 (1987), FM 3-25.26, (2011)** by Headquarters Department of the Army.

3. The Basic Essentials of Map & Compass by Cliff Jacobson. ICS Books, Inc., 2007.

4. A Comprehensive Guide to Land Navigation on GPS by Noel J. Hotchkiss. Alexis Pub; 3rd edition, 1999

5. GPS Made Easy by Lawrence Letham. The Mountaineers Books, 2008.

6. AF Regulation 64-4, Vol 1, Search and Rescue Survival Tree by Department of the Air Force, 1985.

7. The SAS Survival Handbook** by John Wiseman. William Morrow Paperbacks, 2009.

8. Staying alive in the Arctic, A Cold weather Survival Manual by Frank Heyl. American Petroleum Institute. 1976.

9. How to stay Alive in the Woods by Bradford Angier. Collier-Macmillan LTD, Any Edition

10. Fieldbook, Boy Scouts of America** by Boy Scouts of America. Older versions discuss more primitive skills.

11. Tom Brown’s Field Guides: Wilderness Survival; Edible and Medicinal Plants; Nature &ampSurvival for Children; Nature Observation & Tracking. By Tom Brown. Berkley Publishing Group

12. High Angle Rescue Techniques, A Student guide for Rope Rescue Classes by Tom Vines and Steve Hudson, Mosby-Year Book, Inc. 1992.

13. River Rescue by Les Bechdel and Slim Ray. Globe Pequot Press.

B. FLORA & FAUNA

1. Field Guide to Medicinal Plants by Bradford Angler. Stackpole Books, 1978.

2. Best-Tasting Wild Plants of Colorado and the Rockies by Bob Seebeck. Westcliffe Publishers, Inc., 1998.

3. Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Rocky Mountains and Neighboring Territories by Terry Willard Ph.D. Wild Rose College of Natural Healing, Ltd., 1992.

4. Plants of the Southern Interior, British Columbia by Ray Coupe, Roberta Parish, Dennis Lloyd. Lone Pine Publishing, 1996.

5. Deer from Field to Freezer by John & Geri McPherson. Ag Press, 1995

6. Step-by-Step, Brain Tanning the Sioux Way by Larry Belitz. Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, 1995.

7. Complete Guide to Game Animals by Leonard Lee Rue III. Grolier Book Clubs, Inc. 1981.

8. Catching More Freshwater Fish by Barney Rowe. Wellspring, 1993.

9. Tom Brown’s Field Guides, Wild Edible & Medicinal Plants: by Tom Brown. Berkley Publishing Group, 1983.

C. MEDICINE

1. Medicine for Mountaineering & Other Wilderness Activities by James A. Wilkerson, MD. The Mountaineers, 1992.

2. Wilderness Medicine, Management of Wilderness and Environmental Emergencies by Paul S. Auerbach, MD, MS, FACEP. Mosby-Year Book, Inc. 1995.

3. Hypothermia, Frostbite and Other Cold Injuries by James A. Wilkerson, MD. The Mountaineers, 1986.

4. The Outward Bound, Wilderness First-Aid Handbook by Jeffrey Isaac, PA-C. Lyons Press, 1998.

5. Emergency Care and Transportation of the Sick and Injured by American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. 7th Edition, 1999.

Cold Weather PT: Hydration & Nutrition   Leave a comment

My 5K run this morning with 16F on the thermometer felt like running in a tropical paradise! Physical training in cold weather conditions does require a bit of a game plan, and ultrarunner Marshall Ulrich packs good advice in two basic principles:

1. Start out and stay hydrated.
2. Keep fueling.

These are principles that have been helpful for me, and might give you an advantage as well. Another advantage I had this morning were my Columbia Bugalite 2 boots. Look for a review of these in my upcoming “Gear” tab on this blog. You can read the full Marshall Ulrich article HERE.

Cold Weather Operations: The Swedish View   Leave a comment

Physical training in cold weather like we have during our Minnesota winter season challenges our endurance and adaptability. Small tasks can quickly become major challenges when snow, ice and cold temperatures combine to work against us. The below video from the Swedish Armed Forces (Försvarsmakten) explores the role of experience, leadership, adaptation, mental strategy, and even culture, in cold weather operations. This is a great video – Skål!

Winter Training Season is Here!   Leave a comment

When it snows, it’s time to switch gears and get into training in the wintertime environment! Colder temperatures, ice and snow provide a special opportunity to work on endurance and cross-train with activities like cross-country skiing. The outdoor wintertime environment presents its challenges, but also provides scenic landscapes of incredible serenity for the outdoor training enthusiast.

Throughout the winter months, HT Fitness – St. Paul will continue to meet at Harriet Island Regional Park on Mondays and Fridays at 6:00 AM. Check out the PT Schedule tab on this website. Need a little motivation? Get out your ski wax and check out this promotional video for the Norwegian School of Winter Warfare!