After a morning run followed by stretching and 50 push-ups, it was time to suffer. This was the first time that we have done Sufferfest with the Europa Cup camp, and the athletes rose to the challenge. The Goal: 50 rock squats, 50 rock throws, 50 rock presses, 50 rock passes, 50 yard rock sprint, 50 rock core, 50 burps, 50 push-ups, and 50 tuck jumps. The campers somehow smiled and suffered through it all, along with the coaches. It was awesome.
After suffering we played an intense game of swedish dodgeball which loosened up the body and brought out the competitive spirit. That was followed by huge helpings of Mac & Cheese for lunch. After lunch, half the group hit the high ropes course challenge while the other half hit the COE for a sports psych talk, an endless obstacle and a foam pit challenge. At 3:00pm we all came together for a body awareness session on the tramps taught by Olympian Fuzz Federson and USST Alum JJ Boyzcuk. The campers absolutely loved it!
After dinner, the fun continued with half the group cooking a Black Bean Brownie recipe while the other half did archery biathlon. And finally it was time to get the whole group together for a yoga and relaxation session. The coaches were blown away as 35 campers lay quiet and still for 12 minutes through a visualization relaxation. (Some may have fallen asleep…)
Tomorrow is the infamous Sandpit Slalom, followed by more ropes and obstacles.
The dorm is quiet at 9:05 as the campers are spent.
What did you think of SufferFest?
“It was really hard and I suffered more than Doug could ever imagine.” – Leyton
“I absolutely loved Sufferfest.” – Gabe
“I loved Sufferfest. I suffered so much I almost died.” – Wes
“My body feels way stronger than it was 2 weeks ago. My muscles feel so buff.” – Casey
“We suffered a LOT!” – Wynter & Mattigan
“I thought sufferfest was hard, but also fun.” -Reece
“The sufferfest was super-fun. I enjoyed the challenge.” – Logan
“It was so so so amazingly fun!” – Sammy
“I liked it , but I suffered.” – Parker
Best part of your day?
“High Ropes Course” -Leyton
“The best part of the day was the tramps.” – Wes
“The foam pit and the boxing.” – Max
“The tramps at the COE.” – Sebastian
“My favorite part was the COE where we boxed and did the fit light thing.” – Carly
“The tramps and ropes as I like flipping and climbing.” – Reece
“I did a double flip off the tramp into the foam pit!” – Sammy
“Tramp & Foam Pit.” – Shen & Parker
How does your body feel?
“Tired and sore.” – Gabe
“Tired.” – Cal
“Very sore, tired, muscles cramping.” – Wynter & Mattigan
“My body feels sore, but also relaxed.” – Carly
“My body feels tired and strange.” – Reece
“A little sore in the arms but other than that great.” – Sammy
“My body feels sore and tired, but that is a good thing.” – Shen