Hatmaker’s Readiness Test — Part 2

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If you missed Part 1 in this series, click here.  In a nutshell, author and martial arts coach Mark Hatmaker recently posted The Self-Resilient Readiness Test  and I’m working my way through them to assess my ability to self-rescue.

Mark’s motivational scoring method is: You get zero points for not facing the challenge, 1/2 a point for failing and 1 full point for successful completion.   

In the video below I’m facing questions 2, 3, and 5 and I’m moving with the agility and grace of a ‘possum dragging a #1 Bridger trap.  But the point is to face your readiness or lack thereof, so…

My Scores So Far

#2: Run at top speed for 200 yards.  I’m slow, but I did it. 1 point.
#3: Jump over waist high obstacles.  Close but no cigar.  1/2 point.
#5: 25 dips.  They were pathetic and I had to take breaks.  1/2 point.
#9: One minute unprepared breath hold. Check.  1 point.
#13: One minute shower on full cold. Check.  1 point.
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Total Score so far: 4 points out of max score of 5

Wanna play along?  Post your scores in the comments!


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2 responses to “Hatmaker’s Readiness Test — Part 2

  1. Done:
    * Swim at least half a mile or more – 1 pt. Slow AF, some of it just casual breaststroke – but did not drown!
    * Sprint two hundred yards+ – 1 pt. Again, not Olympic, but max effort for me.
    * Hold your breath comfortably for one minute with only a 5-second preparation time? – 1/2pt. Giving myself half a point because that was harder than I thought it would be! I did hold it but not comfortable – I think that’s the key word.

    Trying next:
    Jump over obstacles higher than waist level
    Drag a 100-pound sandbag 50 yards in under 30-seconds
    “Buddy carry” another human at least 25-yards?
    Can you carry an unsupported 45-pound weight 1-mile in under 12-minutes without putting it down?

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