Aiming high and making a comeback! Was that too much of a tip-off about the subject of this post? Oh well, if you've been following me on my Twitter account, you probably already knew the results.
Everything has been building up to this weekend's UTA and my PT retest. I was anxious about this one, understandably, since so much was riding on my results. I couldn't proceed with my OTS package without a passing fit test score. So many members of the Air Force are being discharged due to PT failures (albeit, not after the second one, at least not that I've heard). I am definitely not ready to leave the Air Force behind - heck, I have seventeen more years to go! ;)
Back in November, I shared with you the result of my first PT test failure, my first test after having DD. Since that time, I slowly got back into making an effort to work out, or at least do something physical in preparation for my PT test. Every other day I would do sit-ups and pushups in my daughter's room after I put her to bed. I would do at least my minimums (as a 33 year old female) - 14 pushups and 29 sit-ups. By the time the test came, I felt confident that I could at least do the minimums. Over winter break I did seven days of Annual Training, and all but one of those days I hit the gym, alternating between running and strength training.
All of that being said, the night before and the morning of my test I was really nervous. I was ready to get it over with. So, SO ready. I headed over to the Fitness Assessment Cell (FAC) nice and early to take some deep breaths and get in the zone. We started right away with height, weight, and measurements. How did I fare?
Weight: 171 lbs [Seriously?! 12 lbs lower than last time?! Yes!]
Height: 71 inches
Waist: 30.5 inches [I was surprised by this one, since she was measuring around the peak of my "baby muffin."]
Sit-Ups: 40 [Yes! I doubled my total from last time!]
Run: 13:54, adjusted due to altitude to 13:37
The FAC staff won't tell you your total score. You sign off on your sheet, but must either calculate the score on your own or look back online later once they've entered it. When I was trying to get a quick calculation on my own later, I was shocked to realize that, holy crap, I think I may have gotten a 90! Sure enough, my final score was a 91.20! If that's not reason to celebrate, I don't know what is! Going from an unsatisfactory to an excellent after having a baby? Game on! Quick recap - a score below 75 is a failure (as well as if you don't meet the minimums in each category), between 75 and 90 is a satisfactory and requires a retest in six months, and a score above a 90 is an excellent and doesn't require a retest for another year.
Needless to say, I pigged out at lunch. What you don't see on my DFAC tray is the ice cream sandwich behind that red sports drink and the second cookie. ;) Yes, yes I did! And I deserved it!
The new strategy I tried for this test? Stopping short of the minute time limit during the pushups and sit-ups. I had heard it from someone else, the idea that you should figure out on your charts when it's "not worth it" it to proceed further because of the point values, for the sake of saving your energy. After 23 pushups and 40 sit-ups for me, it required too many more repetitions to get the next point, so I just stopped and saved my energy. Let me warn you - don't try this strategy at BMT. This is more one for the operational AF, since the MTIs will be yelling at you if you stop short versus giving it your all until the very end.
Hope you had a great weekend! Keep positive when thinking about your PT tests - if I can do it, you can do it! Take time to encourage each other too. During each step of the way, I tried to keep my wingmen motivated to meet their own goals. We all need our cheerleading sections!