Since our supply training is done, it was back to PT this morning. I got picked on a little bit. We do PT by squads, and our squad leader leads PT. We started the morning with our minimum for pushups (the minimum number needed to pass a PT test), and my min. is 17. The guys in the squad all picked on me cuz of that. LOL Then we did min. of situps, and it’s 45 for me – and for any males in the same age group. For situps, the standards are the same for males and females. Then we ran to the fence and back. I ran with the new trombone player, SPC H. It was a nice change running wth someone different. He’s a rather larger guy, and I was taking 2 or 3 steps to each of his one. He pushed me without even know it, and I ran one of my fastest fence runs ever. We finished the 3.4 miles in 32:32. And I felt good after, too. I need to push myself more often.
After morning formation, we had Brass Quintet rehearsal all morning. Our rehearsal went pretty well. I’m not comfortable still, but we have a gig on Sunday and we’ll go with what we have. I’m sure we’ll do fine. After a quick trip home at lunch to get my canteen (so why couldn’t they have told us we needed it before today?), it was back for formation at the gym at 1300. We were in PT’s with green socks and our boots, and with our rucksacks and other combat gear. Once inside, we donned BDUs that the trainers provided, and we did Combat Water Skills Training. The first thing we did was waterproof our rucksacks using garbage bags and waterproof bags. Then we learned how to enter the water, and to move – with our rucks on and carrying a weapon. They had dummy weapons for us, so that was good. I did ok on the traveling when it was only like chest deep, but when I went deeper, my ruck was floating really good (it’s supposed to) and it was pushing my helmet and then I couldn’t see, and then I kept ending up like a turtle – face down in the water with my ruck on my back pointing up. They had plenty of lifeguards and trainers in the water with us, and I always came up sputtering, but laughing. I did finally manage to get back to the edge of the pool, but not without some help from a lifeguard. It was ok though – I didn’t give up! Then for the 3rd step, they let me go to the alternate where I had my ruck in front and used it like a buoy or something. It uses more legs that way, but I was fine. Then it was Exit the Pool which was pretty easy. That was the hard part. The rest of the stuff was fun! We had a 15 meter rifle swim – you had to swim 15 meters with a rifle and your combat gear on, but no helmet or ruck. You had to keep the rifle out of the water – pretty easy. Then we did the 3 meter drop. That was with rifle and that was it (well, uniform and boots). We were up on the 3 meter platform diving board, and the guy in charge up there put a blindfold on you and led you to the edge of the board. Then on the count of 3, he pushed you off. Lots of people had to drop their rifles when they hit the water, and that was ok, but when I hit, I had a firm grasp on it with one hand. I handed the blindfold to one of the lifeguards and I swam back to the edge. I managed to impress a few people by doing that since so many people needed assistance getting to the edge. That was the “funnest” part of the day – I wanted to do it again!! The last thing we did was a LBE drop (LBE = Load Bearing Equipment = combat equipment). We had to jump into the deep end of the pool and remove our gear. It was pretty easy. The whole afternoon was a lot of fun, despite the fact that half the pool was in my boots when I walked out. I did bring dry clothes to change into, but since we were done for the day after that, I didn’t bother. We stood out in the parking lot and talked enough and it was really windy that I was mostly dry before I got in the van. I did take my boots and soggy socks off and use my towel to dry my feet and I put dry socks and my running shoes on before heading out to get Robbie from daycare.
We headed home and he and Ryan headed outside to play and I got supper going and then headed up for a shower. That felt good getting all the chlorine off and getting warm. Standing out in the wind with wet clothes on had made me chilled. After supper we played for a little while and then we headed to the ice cream place. They have a Cruise-In on Friday evenings, so we went to look at all the cars and stuff. We had ice cream, too, of course – can’t go to the ice cream place without getting ice cream! LOL Then it was home for bedtime and once Robbie was in bed, I got some stitching done while we watched TV.