We gathered at 7am for our daily warm-up run and stretch. Maddy Maddog joined us for some morning cuddles with the girls, then took off with Will’s group. While they stopped to stretch, she stretched out too… in a muddy stream. For the morning session, we again had the two groups- ropes & leg routine/agility. The favorite today in the leg routine was “skipping with flair”. Not everyone was graceful, but all were enthusiastic. Over in the ropes, we again had excellent team support and cheering. Ethan yelled up to Mitchell, who was halfway across the tightrope traverse, “It’s good to breathe. It really works!”
We reviewed the Sports Physiology section after lunch and then hopped in the vans to the infamous Sandpits. Here, the coaches set a ten gate slalom down a steep and gnarly pitch. Each athlete had an inspection run followed by two training runs. Then the clocks came out for the official “Vitamin Water Sand Pit Challenge” and the campers put it all on the line! See for yourself… below are links to three POV videos I shot. (Thanks to our friends at MyPov360.com for use of their “Drift X170” Point-of-View camera!)
To cool off, and to clean off, we hit the pond. The water felt great and there were a lot of smiles. Back at the dorm it was clean-up and a preliminary packing job followed by a Room Inspection. I was amazed at how clean the boys dorm was, but had a feeling that a lot of dirty clothing was just stuffed into duffle bags from the floor. In the girls dorm, Kelley reported that the rooms were neat and tidy, as they had been all week… beds made, clothing folded, shoes lined up… awesome!
Right before dinner we managed to get in a World Cup Soccer tourney with Brazil beating out the Netherlands in a shoot-out to win the Cup. Dinner was pizza, and then it was one final trio of activities – Pig Racing, Crazy Relays, and the Jello Drop. The campers showed exceptional skill and wide mouths in the jello event, which went into extra rounds with two campers beating out the coaches to take top prize.
The rain is just finally arriving and cooling the air. Let’s hope that it takes a break tomorrow at 10am so we can continue our steak of “dry” Eliteam Olympics into our nineteenth year! We’ll see all of you parents and friends tomorrow at 10am sharp. We’ll meet out on the field by the Eliteam kick-wall. If it’s raining, we’ll be in the gym.