Daily Dose of Doug…
You think you know everything and then along comes a ten year-old and you discover something different. In the woods today, the campers found new ways to conquer the elements. In particular, in trying to break the all-time record of crossing the Burma Bridge, Ford invented an innovative way to cross and set a new standard by 5 seconds!!! That was done all day long at this camp by athletes working together to solve problems. Fun to watch in my 24th year of ELITEAM.
As part of our Jump out of your Comfort Zone theme this year, each room of campers has to sing in front of the entire camp at the meals. The campers are signing on 100% and tonight was listened to the Star Spangled Banner, We Will Rock You and the Macarena. What will be hear tomorrow!!!???
This afternoon I had the opportunity to work with the kids on reaction time training and distraction training. For reaction training we utilized the highly technical eliteam fit light. The campers working frantically to reach as many lights as possible in competition with the coaches to see who would have to do burpees. The coaches are quite sore. Then we went out to slalom hill where the campers had to focus and learn how to ignore distractions such as foggy goggles and extra large, extra soft “hail balls”. Both the coaches and the campers had a blast and the campers will leave camp with a new ability to focus on race day.
Eliteam was epic today! We did a lot of cooking with a focus on nutrition. We made zucchini bread muffins and energy bites! Super yummy! The muffins had fresh squeezed oj, coconut oil, and honey as a natural sweetener. The energy bites were made with chia seeds, flax seeds, and peanut butter to name a few. The campers even learned that Americans eat enough peanut butter each year to coat the floor of the Grand Canyon! Woah!
What did you do to jump out of your Comfort Zone today? How did it feel?
Christian- I pushed myself on the Bergundthal. I felt very good when I shaved 3 seconds off my time.
Will- I did the Vertical Playpen. I conquered my fear of heights.
Julian- Climbing the Vertical Playpen.
Gabe- I jumped out of my comfort zone in dryland slalom. I got 8.61.
Ben H- Slalom. Amazing cause it felt so good.
Dylan- Climbing to the top of the Vertical climb thing.
Theo- I climbed the Vertical to the top.
Ford- I climbed the Vertical blind folded. It felt a little scary in the middle not being able to see but really well at the top.
If you did Ropes today, what is the key to staying calm and positive in the Ropes Course?
Will- To not look down if you are scared of heights. Do not think that everything is easy because it ends up being hard.
Julian- Focusing and having a friend with you or encouraging you.
Dylan- Just keep going.
Theo- Tell yourself “you’re harnessed in.”
If you did the leg routine today, how much did your legs hurt? How did you push through the pain?
Christian- My legs hurt so much I could have fried eggs on them. I pushed myself because I knew it would make me fit.
Gabe- My legs cried in pain.
Ben H- From 1-10, probably 9 but I always wanted to get to the top and then run down.
What did you learn today?
Will- To try your best to push your comfort zone.
Julian- It’s better to push as hard as you can than to push as hard as you think you can.
Gabe- I learned the Bergundthal.
Ben H.- That carbs are good for athletes.
Dylan- I learned that burpees are fun.
Theo- I learned the key to the bergundthal is to keep on moving.
Ford- Pace yourself.
If you could tell your Dad one thing right now, what would it be?
Christian- The bergundthal.
Will- I’m having the best time ever!
Julian- My legs hurt because of all we did today and it feels good.
Gabe- I did really good in the dryland slalom. I got 8.61 seconds.
Ben H- I have the record for Bergundthal.
Theo- I did 210 burpees.
Ford- I climbed the ropes course and it was fun.
Other Random Quotes-
Today in nutrition when discussing the benefits of oatmeal… Coach asks, “What does oatmeal do?” … Camper answers, “It makes oatmeal.”
Sitting in the common room with one of the boys, Coach asks, “What are you singing tonight?” Camper answers… “Star Spangled Banner. We’re trying to get the ladies.”