Thursday started out slowly as the campers were tired at morning run & stretch. However, after a good warm-up and some core work, they were ready to go. French toast, bagels, fruit, eggs and cereal were consumed in mass quantities to fuel a huge day. After a quick practice of the dance, we dove into circuit training. The music was loud, the intensity high and the effort was top notch. I love to see the coaches working out side by side with the campers. I don’t know who was sweating more, Coach Gunnar or his crew of five.
Then it was our last rotation of cooking, climbing and games. However, just before lunch all of the activities morphed into one HUGE game of capture the flag in the pouring rain. Lunch was mac & cheese with a side of peas. Congrats to this group of athletes as we ran out of peas, which has never happened before. After lunch it was our daily Notebook meeting where we tackled the Sports Physiology section. We talked about sweat, glycogen, heart rates, injuries, and dynamic stretching.
Physical testing was after lunch and the campers got a kick out of the “Beep Test” which measures aerobic capacity. You run 10 yards every time the machine beeps. As the test progresses, the time between beeps gets shorter and shorter. We also measured push-ups, sit-ups, the berg-und-tal and flexibility. The beep test may have been the most strenuous, but the painful grunts and intense grimaces during the stretch test were awesome too. During Andy’s sit-&-reach, Sam urged him on by yelling, “Fight the Pain!”
A wild and crazy adventure race followed which included blindfolds, tire rolling and flipping, memorization, knot-untying and transporting water in leaky pipes. It was certainly entertaining for the coaches to watch. Colby’s “backwards” tire rolling technique was admired by all. Check out the videos below for some of the action.
Thursdays always end with our dress-up night. This year the theme was “Goggles, Gloves & Stripes” and the campers went over the top. Just check out the pictures! After a treat of frozen yogurt and “Popeye’s Bunny Brownies”, we plugged in “The Blind Side” and it was movie night.
Tomorrow’s highlights include a hike up Mad River Glen, the Vitamin Water Sandpit Challenge and Jello Drop!