Although the heat did not let up all night, the campers awoke with excitement for the hike up Sugarbush this morning. We were on a tight schedule, so if we wanted to hike the 2600 vertical feet to the summit, we would have to work it. And that’s what we did. Resting every now and then in the shade, and drinking lots of liquids, the majority of the group reached the summit in plenty of time to spare. Our reward? A fun ride down the chairlift!
After lunch we had a quick discussion about Sports Nutrition and talked carbs versus fats for energy, as well as compared fast food nutrition or lack thereof. Then it was off to the Vitamin Water Sandpit challenge, which is everyone’s favorite at ELITEAM. After an inspection, it was two training runs to learn and perfect the course. I must say that this camp’s athletes were really pushing it, which means fast times, but some crashing too!
As dusty and dry as the sandpits were, the swim in the pond cooled and cleaned everyone off. There were some great catches made off the dock, as well as a few impressive belly-flops.
After dinner it was craziness. We had the final dance rehearsal followed by our signature “Crazy Relays” led by Coach Chad. By the end of the relays, Chad had lost his voice, his balance and control, but the entire camp, including athletes and coaches, got a great workout and sore bellies from laughing. We finished the night off with another camper favorite, the infamous Jello Drop.
All the campers received their coveted ELITEAM t-shirts and filled out their goal sheets which Kelley and I will mail to them in October. We’ll see how many of those goals are actually completed. I have a feeling that this camp will reach a few.
Tomorrow is the ELITEAM Olympics and it will be hot once again. Be sure to arrive on time as we start at 10 AM sharp.