Friday, June 18, 2010
Team Pain… ‘not as easy as it looks’
Getting dirty, in all honesty, seems like a heck of a lot of NO fun.
But today, it was confirmed.
Let me preface by saying that I am in no shape or form a man’s man. I drink light beer, I let my fiance ban beef in our house and I think Toy Story is a better trilogy than the Godfather. Hence my aversion to filth, grime, dirt and disgust.
Now a soldier, on the other hand, is undoubtedly categorized as a man’s man.
Their reputation speaks for itself. I’m convinced that Dos Equis’ “Most Interesting Man in the World” was at one point a soldier.
To the point…
Today I watched as security forces airmen tested their will and skill in a competition known simply as Team Pain.
Sounds fun, huh? Not so much, kiddos.
I’ve seen some pretty grueling rights of passage and displays of physical prowess — this event is their father. Groups of four soldiers are given three simple tasks — carry a giant log, flip two 400-pound-plus tires repeatedly, and finally, a thatch-style group push up in a pool of muddy water.
It’s filthy, it’s gruesome and it’s what separates — amongst other things — the men from boys like me.
I watched with onlookers as stacked dudes broke down and fell face first into the mud. They groaned as their muscles drained from exertion few ever experience.
In all of this, not once did anyone complain about the brutal task at hand. To say the least, they weren’t concerned in the least about getting dirty.
Perhaps was wrong about stains. Tonight I will prepare for next year’s Team Pain by getting a grass stain and working towards the deadly trio.
Mmmm… maybe I’ll just stick to photos and leave the work to the men.
Yep, that’s it.