So I got my letter from Madison Police Department today, looks like I am not a total moron and can at least past step 1 (ie fill out the damn application properly, attach necessary documents.)Anyway, the gist of the letter says that testing is done on Sundays with the written being at 0800-0930 and the heats for the physical agility assessment start around 1030. So, I should be getting a letter in August giving me the date I will be testing.
Oh here is the kicker, and I know they put this on all letters but I can't help but feel that it's just mine, "in conclusion, thanks again for your interest in MPD and keep working out--we don't want to lose qualified candidates because of their inability to master the physical agility assessment."
Here is the breakdown of what I will be expected to do, I will keep this more as a check list, so I can mark when I comfortable with my skill in each area:
- Abdominal Strength: Twenty-five (25) sit-ups in one (1) minute, performed while sitting on the floor, legs secured, knees bent, hands folded across the chest with the torso reaching at least a 90 degree angle with the floor.
- Flexibility: One (1) sit-and-reach; a toe-touching test performed (for three seconds) from the sitting position, the legs will be straight.
- Cardio-Vascular Endurance: One and one-half (1 1/2) miles in no more than fourteen minutes, thirty seconds (14:30) running and/or walking on an indoor track.
- Upper Body Strength: (Candidate’s Choice) a) Bench press one-half of your body weight to a locked-elbow position from the chest, fifteen (15) times in one (1) minute; b) Fifteen (15) “perfect protocol” pushups in one (1) minute.
If I can recall the good 'ole Army days, my toughest challenges were the sit ups (although 25 with my legs secured isn't too bad, I tend to use all leg muscles anyway) and of course the run. At one point I was able to do the 2 mile in about 14:20 so hopefully, in the next 2 months, I can at least get the 1 1/2 mile in that time, note it does say walking as well. Which means, sprint the first part until you think you will die, then just walk it in. Yeah right!! I have the flexibility thing down, and I am going to do some testing today to see if I want to bench press or do the pushups. I used to do so good on pushups so I am not sure, 15 in 1 minute are really not that hard if you think of it, that is just knocking out 5 every fifteen seconds if you need that long. In fact please hold while I test .............................................................................................................................................................................Okay back again, thanks for waiting :O) totally do' able for the pushups...I might have to try the bench press thing too. Although if you think about it, it is the same thing. Anyway, I will have to work on this a little since my elbow is slightly sensitive from the surgery.
Also on the plan, is some sort of diet. I HAVE GOT TO LOSE WEIGHT! This is not something I want to do, I must do it. I felt better when I was about 30 lbs lighter, so I will focus on that as well.
So there it is....guess it's time to start kickin my own ass. I think today is looking like a good day for a run!