The day dawned clear, bright and very brisk. Morning run helped to warm everyone up, and so did 25 burpees. Everyone was excited for the day ahead, which included the high ropes and the leg routine. By the way, the burpee count stands at 450!
The ropes courses bring out the determination, energy and ingenuity of the campers. Two of the three elements were partner climbs and the campers worked together well. Some even tied themselves together to up the challenge factor. At the end of the day, when I asked if any of the campers had set a goal and surpassed it, every single hand went up.
In the leg routine, the athletes get to feel what it’s like to push their legs to the max. The only good part of backwards tuck jumps uphill, is finishing! After the leg routine, it is agility central with the Slalom Course, the Berg Und Tal and the gym obstacle course. These exercises are a blend of speed, balance, agility and risk. Every camper lowered their times in the course through visualization and practice.
Finally it was time to let loose a little and relax. It was Olympic Theme night for dress-up, followed by fudgesicles and a limbo contest. Tomorrow is a hike up Mad River Glen and then the infamous Sandpit Slalom and Jello Drop. Both are camper favorites! Stay tuned.
Best part of ropes course?
Frenchman- Zipline! I loved going fast.
Ian G- Challenging yourself.
Ben A- Finally getting the chicken and hearing it screech as I reached my goal.
Will- Squeezing the chicken because it was so hard to get there.
Harry- Conquering my fears and going super high.
Hardest part of leg routine?
Tyler- Backwards tuck walk because it hurt. We were in a tuck for a long time.
Brendan- The backwards tucks because they were leg killers.
Wyatt- Backwards tuck because it burned.
Ben A- Walking uphill in a tuck as slow as possible. My legs nearly fell off.
Key to fast SL runs?
Thomas- Get the gates out of the way and don’t eat it!!!
Harry- Going fast and moving quick.
Will- On the last few gates, aim 3ft inside the gate , grab it and jump over it.
What did you learn about yourself today?
Jillian & Colleen- We can push ourselves further than we expected.
Cat, Allie, Elena, Taylor- It’s ok to push yourself and test your limits.