There were some tired and sore athletes today at camp. We switched the morning run to a morning walk and stretch, but of course we still managed 40 burpees before breakfast.
We had a cool mixture of activities in the morning switching from Cooking to Obstacle courses, to an intense discussion on Sports Psychology. In the kitchen, they made Energy Bars and one of our all time favorite recipes, Yogurt Banana Bread. They also learned the 6 nutrients and which ones provide energy. In the Psych talk, we made a list of race-day distractions and a plan to handle them. In the woods, it was all about quick feet with lots of running, jumping, climbing and hopping through the Obstacle Course.
After lunch we practiced the dance again to dial it in for tomorrow. Then it was SANDPIT Slalom time. The racing action was as hot as the weather. Hydrating between runs, the athletes had three training runs to learn the intricacies of the 30 second sprint down the pit. Then it was race time and the campers upped their game. We finished with a well-deserved dip in the pond to cool off and wash away all the sand.
Pizza awaited the campers for dinner. They needed the calories as we got right back at it with the Climbing Wall and Capture the flag. To end Friday night, as always, it was Andrew’s Crazy Relays lead by Coaches Dan & Anna. Halfway through the mayhem it started to pour so we quickly ran inside the gym to finish. Right before bed we handed out the special ELITEAM T-shirt for 2013. The secret t-shirt color and design were presented. The campers responded with cheers!
It is 9:10 and there is not a peep to be heard in the Boys dorm! Thank goodness as I am exhausted. We are hoping for a break in the storms tomorrow for our ELITEAM Olympics at 10AM. See you there.
QUOTES FROM THE KIDS:
So far, what has been the best part of ELITEAM and Why?
Mason- Ropes course because the Vertical Playpen seems so high from the bottom but when you touch the banner it’s not so bad.
Max- I think the sandpits are my favorite because it is just like a real ski race and also it was fun to be timed.
Jonathan- I loved all of it because I got to be crazy and push myself.
Emma- The leg routine (Love ya Dan!)
What has a coach said to you that got you really motivated, focused or excited?
Max- They all say stuff like “You can do it” which helps because Eliteam is hard.
Jonathan- My coach told me to push my limits.
Russell- Run run push it!
Asa- When a coach said, “Come on Asa. Climb the wall like your life depends on it.”
Pepper- Molly said, “When you get to the flats, go fast and be strong.” That got me focused.
How did your legs feel during the Leg Routine?
Jonathan- My legs killed and I could barely walk.
Logan- Tired and strong.
Russell- My legs were so sore that I had to ice them twice!
Asa- My legs felt very powerful. They also hurt crazy bad!
Annie- Like Jello!!
What did you think of Sandpits today?
Mason- Way different than I thought and the sand made you fall.
Max- They were challenging but fun as well as an experience I’ll never forget!
Zach- So much fun and challenging because could you imagine having 2 lbs of sand in your shoes it’s awful.
Molly- IT WAS AWESOME.
Lizzy- They were fun and exciting and people cheered you on.
Pepper- At first I was nervous then they were AWESOME.
Max- Intensely fun and is the best camp.
Jonathan- The best camp in the world.
Logan- AWESOME! Because you sweat until you sweat the last drop.
Zack- Extremely FUN.
Asa- A place where kids go to push your limits and unleash your inner beast.
Annie- A camp that inspires athletes to try their best.
Lizzy- Totally awesome.
Amy- Fun, helpful, motivational.
Emma- BEST THING EVER!
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