Tuesdays are big days at ELITEAM as we hit all the high ropes and hammer the quads in the leg routine. It is always fun to watch the campers eye the ropes and create an expectation of what the experience will be like. Then after they have completed the element, they describe how different it actually was. Everyone met their goals in the ropes and over half surpassed their goals. It is satisfying for both the campers and the coaches.
Out on the field it was all about the legs. Hill sprints, tuck jumps, skiers jumps, agility courses, the quickfeet slalom and the Berg und Tal. Three hours of punishing workouts that somehow seem fun to the athletes. They will be sore tomorrow, as will the coaches!
After dinner it was our first rotation of Cooking, Climbing and Games. The climbers challenged themselves with blindfolds and tying their legs together. The cooking crew made granola bars that we will enjoy tomorrow on the bike. And the activity crew cranked out more burpees before playing Swedish dodgeball.
Finally it was time to chill with some yoga and relaxation in the gym. Tonight’s session was great with all 47 campers quiet and still for 10 straight minutes during visualization.
Coach Sara- You guys sound like you’re having too much fun, so let’s do 10 burpees.
Jackie- It just burns, it doesn’t hurt. (At leg routine, while in a tuck.)
Coach Sara’s reply to Jackie- It will hurt tomorrow.
Ian – I am sore in places I have never been sore in.
Henry – I remembered everything about ELITEAM, except for being this sore.
The best part of today was… Why?
Charlie- Ropes course because we could set a goal and achieve it and I achieved mine.
Alex P- Doing the ropes course because I set new goals for myself from last year.
Ned- The ropes course. I liked it because I felt like I pushed my limits.
Ian- The World Cup because I liked the height.
Sydni- The Dangle Duo because it was a challenge and it helped me see how much I was capable of plus it was fun.
Ella- The Dangle Duo because it challenged me and my goals and it was fun to stand on the top while everyone cheered me on.
Kat- The Zipline because it made me feel so very confident in myself.
Haley- Completing the World Cup ropes course because I set a goal and achieved it while grunting.
How did your legs feel during the Leg Routine on the hill?
Charlie- Sore but strong.
Alex P.- They hurt so much but it was still fun!
Kyle- My legs were in pain. It burned in the thighs.
Ian- They were burning from the tuck.
Sydni- They felt super sore.
Kat- When you do the leg routine on the hill you feel strong and weak all at the same time.
Haley- They felt strong and powerful and a little sore.
What is the trick to having a fast, clean run on the Berg und Tal?
Charlie- Focus and keep your balance.
Alex P- Keeping your upper body still and your hands up.
Ned- You need to keep your weight forward.
Kyle- Look ahead to the next block.
Olivia- Look ahead and know where your feet should go next.
What was your most challenging moment in the Ropes Course? How did you push through it?
Charlie- Having to go up the Vertical Playpen with our ankles tied together. We figured out a strategy and worked as a team and made it to the banner.
Alex P- Doing the Vertical Playpen with one of my legs tied to one of Frans’ but we rested and strategized.
Ned- Dangle Duo. Everytime I thought I couldn’t but I tried and made it.
Kyle- It was the Vertical Playpen. I pushed through it by working together with Joey.
Sydni- The last log on the Dangle Duo. I achieved it by taking a deep breath and trying again.
Haley- Trusting my belayer, but I knew he would save me if I fell.
What did you learn about yourself today?
Charlie- I can do anything if I set a goal and work and push until I achieve that goal and never give up.
Alex P- I learned that breathing steadies your body movement allowing you to move forward on some challenges.
Ned- That I am more afraid of heights than I thought.
Kyle- I learned I am strong. I am also confident.
Ian- I learned I can push my limits.
Sydni- That I can do a lot more than I thought.
Ella- That I am capable of setting goals, achieving them and pushing past my extreme tiredness and exceeding my goals!
Kat- I learned that I can do anything.
Liddy- That I could push myself further than I thought.
Caroline- That my limits were further than I thought they were.
Olivia- I learned that I could do more than I thought I could.
Haley- That I can do anything I set my mind to.
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