Friday greeted us with some light rain and sore muscles from the “Sufferfest”, but the troops rallied for the morning run and another 50 push-ups. We’re at 950 and will pass 1000 push-ups tomorrow before breakfast!
After breakfast today we loaded up the big yellow bus and headed to Sugarbush’s Lincoln Peak for a hike. Although our legs were a bit heavy from a huge week, we pumped it up to Allyn’s Lodge in approximately 45 minutes. About half the group then left with a goal of reaching the top. 25 minutes later they stood atop the peak in complete fog. Finally, we all enjoyed the reward… a ride down the Super Bravo Quad to the base.
After lunch it was back in the bus for the infamous Sandpit Slalom competition. This year it’s a dual course and after an inspection plus three training runs, it was “game-on” head to head racing down the steep face of the Fayston Sand Pits. The training runs were flawless, but as soon as the runs counted, the intensity rose a few notches and the crashes began. Two by two they pushed it right to the limit and sometimes beyond. We saw some exciting races!
We’ve had an excellent week, but for some of the 14 year olds, this camp has been bittersweet. Andrew, who wins MVP in the kitchen for his Hobart work, was bummed that these will be his final days as a camper. Tomorrow marks his 6th ELITEAM Olympics! And when we asked Rachel what she’ll be doing after camp, she replied simply, “Crying that it’s over.” We’ve had a great time with the many 14 year-olds this camp. So many have shown great maturity, enthusiasm and leadership. We’ll miss you!
Tomorrow calls for some wet weather, but nothing will stop us from getting out there and holding the Olympics at 10am. London’s got nothing on ELITEAM. Bring a raincoat and get ready to cheer on all of these young athletes!