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Hatmaker’s Readiness Test — Part 3

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If you missed Part 1 & 2 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.

In the video below I’m facing question #6 — drag a 100 lb. sandbag 50 yards in under 30 seconds.  Was I cheating a little by using a trashcan lid as a sled?  Not sure, test doesn’t specify.  But to compensate I set a course that was slightly uphill for the first two-thirds — and I still made it 19 secs.  Video below.

Off camera I also tried question #11: Walk 50 yards out and back on one breath (without hurrying).  Totally failed that one.  Barely got the 50 yards!

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.
#6: Drag a 100 lb. sandbag 50 years in under 30 seconds.  19 seconds.  1 point
#9: One minute unprepared breath hold. Check.  1 point.
#10/11: Swim 25 years underwater or walk 50 yards out and back on one breath. Picked the later and failed.  1/2 point.
#13: One minute shower on full cold. Check.  1 point.
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Total Score so far: 5 ½ points out of max score of 7

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Hatmaker’s Readiness Test — Part 2

Click here to see Mark’s entire post

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

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Hatmaker’s Readiness Test #1 — Part 1

Click here to see Mark’s entire post

Author, martial arts coach, sailor, adventurer and man-about-town Mark Hatmaker recently posted The Self-Resilient Readiness Test Part 1.  and it’s outstanding.

By the way, Mark is my coach.  Yes, I’m a “martial arts master” (whatever the hell that is).  Yes, I’ve studied under masters and grandmasters galore since starting martial arts in ’86.  But Hatmaker is my coach.  Mark’s the guy who, in 2003, helped me understand the meaning of the word fitness.  He’s the the guy who showed me the terrifying beauty of wrestling.  He’s the guy who pulls me toward excellence from in front by demonstrating, every day, what hard work looks like.  He sets the benchmarks.  He’s the guy.

Anyway, the “questions” on Mark’s test are designed to spur you toward assessing your readiness inside and out.  I love this test so much (despite the really clunky name — sorry Mark but what a mouthful!) that I’m going to start blogging, and maybe videoing, my “answers.”

His genius scoring method really kicks you off the couch.  You get zero points for not facing the challenge, 1/2 a point for failing and 1 full point for successful completion.   As Mark says,

“If you do not perform any tests or skip a test, even if you know in your heart of hearts you could do it—give yourself a big fat zero, because maybe, just maybe, that “prepared mind” assumes something that the body can’t really deliver.”

Ouch.  When I read that, well, I didn’t have any choice to but to press on.

So without further ado, here are my scores on two of the tests.  Because some of them require special locations and/or planning — like #1: Swim a half mile — I’m doing them in no particular order.

My unprepared breath hold was 1:03

#9: One minute unprepared breath hold.  I got 1 point for a hold of 1:03.  Surprisingly hard.  I actually practice breath holding on a regular basis (I’m good for 1:40 or so), but I never practice unprepared.  Going forward I will though.
#13: One minute shower on full cold.  I got 1 point.  Awhile back I spent about six months showering cold exclusively.  This was like falling off a log.
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Total Score so far: 2 points

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