This morning we loaded up a big yellow bus and headed off to Catamount Mtn Biking Center in Williston. The bikes were piled high on Coach Chad’s trailer and miles of fun single track were awaiting us. Arrival was smooth and groups headed out on the trails to explore and push their limits. The trails were challenging and were made even more fun by the huge rain puddles left from yesterday. I was with the Novice group who turned into legitimate Mountain Bikers before my very eyes. We ate up trails named “Cliffs of Insanity” and “Pure Bliss”. The experts came rolling into lunch with huge smiles, muddy legs and great stories.
Back at camp it was time to practice our rhythm, timing and coordination by learning the Dance. We’re still using old school moves like the Pencil Sharpener and Sprinkler, but broke tradition by using a pop song as our featured tune… “Call Me Maybe”. Should be interesting for you all to watch on Saturday!
After Dance we moved on to a World Cup soccer tournament. It was “Ghana” and “Spain” in the finals, with Ghana winning 3-1. We were all so hot after the tourney we headed to Folger’s Pond to cool off. Through the woods we hiked to our glorious pond and we all exited refreshed.
After dinner it was our final rotation of Cooking, Rock Wall and Capture the Flag. I was at the climbing wall and enjoyed watching the teamwork and friendly challenges. Campers in the kitchen whipped up a batch of our infamous Black Bean Brownies, which were devoured just one hour later after our yoga session. They were still warm and within 5 minutes, not a crumb was left.
Putting the boys to bed was easy tonight as they were all completely exhausted. Tomorrow we return to the high ropes and leg routine rotation in the morning. In the afternoon, we have something brand new for the ELITEAMers – The Sufferfest. There will be some suffering, but it will be something they never forget!
Random Quotes overheard today:
Oh my pecs are getting strong now. I can make them dance.
Carrots are my best friend. They never let you down.
We’re doing this for a good cause… my tummy.
All I know is, just relax!
I only fell three times and hit one tree.
When in doubt, bail out. You can always buy another bike, but you can’t buy another you.
I thought I wouldn’t like mtn biking, but I did.
Biking was a lot easier than I thought, but I fell a lot.
I loved Cliffs of Insanity. I was a mud monster!