Civvy going for 21 sas (r)

#1
Hi, so i have decided to go for it! i first thought of joining about 6 months ago thought i'd better get in shape been training hard! can run 8 mile 60 mins (average) mixed terrain. Been out tabbing today with weight not sure how much, no scales but got bruised shoulders and my legs feel f*cked (love it^^). 4 hrs fast pace apart from the first incline, it was a very steep incline. Been out a few times now gets a little easier each time until i add more weight :p.

Anyway my question is am i doing enough??? I run 3-5 miles twice a week always pushing harder and harder if it starts to feel easy i push harder until it hurts. 8 mile run once a fortnight mixed terrain and try for somewhere different each time. gym 2-3 times a week.

swimming is a slight problem!! Haven't swam properly for years and my technique is all out of whack but have been informed swim test is next feb so should have plenty of time to practise.

Reason i ask is because most threads i see a lot of people are saying its very hard, almost impossible to pass unless your some kind of olympic runner/worlds strongest man/ land rover

Any info would be a great help! i haven't made this decision lightly. Excitement has turned into panic could be starting in jan! Just need a real insight to what to expect.
 
#3
Hi, so i have decided to go for it! i first thought of joining about 6 months ago thought i'd better get in shape been training hard! can run 8 mile 60 mins (average) mixed terrain. Been out tabbing today with weight not sure how much, no scales but got bruised shoulders and my legs feel f*cked (love it^^). 4 hrs fast pace apart from the first incline, it was a very steep incline. Been out a few times now gets a little easier each time until i add more weight :p.

Anyway my question is am i doing enough??? I run 3-5 miles twice a week always pushing harder and harder if it starts to feel easy i push harder until it hurts. 8 mile run once a fortnight mixed terrain and try for somewhere different each time. gym 2-3 times a week.

swimming is a slight problem!! Haven't swam properly for years and my technique is all out of whack but have been informed swim test is next feb so should have plenty of time to practise.

Reason i ask is because most threads i see a lot of people are saying its very hard, almost impossible to pass unless your some kind of olympic runner/worlds strongest man/ land rover

Any info would be a great help! i haven't made this decision lightly. Excitement has turned into panic could be starting in jan! Just need a real insight to what to expect.
It's TA SAS selection therefore by default it is a piece of piss.

Use it as a stepping stone to regular RLC service.
 
#4
Get yourself a book on ironman training...when you've cracked that, start to work on your nav skills and, assuming that you can commit to 40 or so weekends, and several 2 week concentrations over a 2 yr period whilst balancing family and work commitments you'll sail through...
 
#5
Also info on pirbright would be nice :) assault course. what's it like? will i be using it? (maybe a silly question) please bare in mind i'am a civvy and don't know much about army life etc.
 
#6
Pirbright is a lovely village in Surrey. The nearest town is Guildford which is noted for the comeliness of the resident young ladies. The lab for investigating horrible farmyard diseases is located there.
 
#14
another question. Why is pen y fan referred to as the fan dance? where can i pick up some good map reading skills? would really like to be ahead of the game so im not struggling and have a better understanding
 
#16
The old fan dance is long gone, it was replaced back in the late 80's by the balloon dance.
Below is one of my personal pictures of the DS demonstrating it.

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That's Bob and Steve, middle and right. I'm sure the gent on the left needs no introduction.
To the OP, you couldn't run a bath, try harder.
 
#17
Thanks for the info i will try anything to get where i want to be. i must admit when i first started running (for a purpose) it was hard going being an ex smoker 20 a day i didn't think i'd make it to this stage. I was sick after my first hill run haha. fitter than the average reg!! i know some very fit regs. trying to keep positive, onwards and upwards :)
 
#18
Agree with the above because on reading your first post my initial thoughts were you're not going anywhere near far enough. Short runs in fast(ish) times will not give you adequate fitness for SAS reserve selection. I've never done it myself but know a few who did, some passed, most failed. Fell running (I have some experience here) has to be one of the most physically and mentally demanding sports going. Go join a running club and get some competative fell runs under belt and you'll have an idea of what selection may involve. Even short cat A fell runs are tough. Best of luck and if you biff out of selection always remember 49 PARA recruit direct from civi street.
 
#19
Thanks for the info i will try anything to get where i want to be. i must admit when i first started running (for a purpose) it was hard going being an ex smoker 20 a day i didn't think i'd make it to this stage. I was sick after my first hill run haha. fitter than the average reg!! i know some very fit regs. trying to keep positive, onwards and upwards :)
Don't give up smoking. The best trainig regime is Rose wine and menthol tabs. And running. Lots of running.
 

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