Sunday, March 29, 2009

PT-That's for Me

PT stands for Physical Training. The Air Force is real big on being "FIT TO FIGHT." Each year we have to take a physical fitness test (PFT). Historically the testing has been done by one's own squadron (for me the dental clinic is the squadron). Recently the AF has turned the testing over to the HAWC (Health and Wellness Center). This should be a good thing since it becomes more standardized as well as eliminates any favoritism, i.e. letting your friend get away with a pansy push-up rather than a manly one. The only down side to this is there are LOTS of people failing their tests. What is the big deal? It majorly affects one's ability to increase in rank, especially for the enlisted. Also if you keep failing you will be kicked out of the Air Force. Hmmm?

Well what does the PFT consist of? Well, the score is determined by height, waist circumference, 1.5 mile run, # push-ups in 1 minute, and #of sit-ups in 1 minute. Most of the points come from the run. (We even get offered a day off if we get a 100%!) (I'll never get that day off =() Why do I bother blogging about this? I'm not sure since no one will read it! But I have 2 reasons: #1 to give you all another glimpse into the AF and #2 Because I just took a practice PFT on Friday. I actually did really well. I felt great during my run and I attribute it to my increase in healthy eating, since I haven't been running a lot lately. Thanks Merrill! I was able to sustain a faster pace longer without feeling as fatigued. It was very nice. Maybe if I keep it up I will get that day off!

BTW read the previous posts cause it looks like no one read them!

13 comments:

tiff said...

hi im tiffany im lindsay dunns older sister in las vegas i actually have read your previous posts they are amazing i enjoyed the last post how long are you & your family in japan for?

tiff said...

and if you want to i will invite you to my blog just email me your email address to tiffanytaylor2910@yahoo.com

Sheba said...

Hey Captain! Nice job on the run and especially the 20 lbs you dropped. Does chocolate count as healthy? I can do 20 sit ups in one minute and my waist is nice and squishy. Will they let me come play? The kindergarteners keep tapping me in my gelbelt and I must tell them to not tap me in my fat!

The Jonas Family said...

good to see what you are up to. I read your post from time to time! Keep up the great work!

Foot Handle Pete said...

Hey, sounds like you are doing well. Congrats on the 20 lbs. I lost 15 and then put back on half of it. I went to try the "tower run" in Lagoon valley. Between here and Vacaville. Very long and very steep. Total of about four miles. This is part of the Loop the Lagoon race in may. trying to decide if I want to train enough to do it. It was kinda hard on my knee. Hope you are good. Have you heard on the boards yet?

FOX said...

Hey I read every post!!!

Bartimaeus said...

We are in Japan Until Aug 2011.

No news on the Boards.

crimendelsiglo said...

hey i read your blog. rare as entries are. AND i enjoy it. i still think the fish were carp which i know for a fact the orientals LOVE to eat disgusting as that seems (and is) but somehow they make it tasty. they say.
on the way to toys are us why did you run out to the ocean. isn't it cold. after all it is the same one that makes calif. beach water cold in winter.

acte gratuit said...

Maybe people are mad that you didn't ever answer their dental questions and that's why they're not commenting!!!

FOX said...

That is my beef with you Doug!!! Thanks EM! I was just to nice to say it!!! (yah right!)

You advertised free dental answers, now give us the scoop!!!!! Because I am nervous to get my son's teeth whitened from a dentist who uses the name "foot" in his title!!!! JK FHP!

mama bear said...

what's the Sir Force? J/K. I read your posts, I'm just too lazy to comment. Besides, when was the last time you commented on my blog(s)?

threeorangewhips said...

I'm a fan.

Sweetest Of All said...

oh come on, I happened by and I happened to read. So someone reads ya! Occasionally! And at least 12 other people are interested in how fast you run a mile old man!