Morning run feels like it’s coming sooner and sooner for our campers who are now starting to tire… finally. It’s always amusing to watch them walk over to the main building at 6:55am, still half asleep, hair askew, talking about the dreams they had or who was snoring. Group by group they head out with a coach for the 10-15 minute jog around campus. Then it is some stretching and stomach/core exercises. We just hope a handful of them continue this when they get home. By 7:30 they are warmed up and ravenous.
Today was all about peaks and valleys. After breakfast is was hardcore circuit training. The entire camp was in the gym and did three sets of 15 different exercises. The music was blaring and the campers were working it. Coaches were working it right alongside them too. By 10:15 we were all ready for a break. We toned it down a notch by dividing into our three groups and doing our last rotation of cooking, climbing and activities. This was less intense and the climbing group settled in and worked the walls. Demi tried the super-tough left wall about three times, determined to reach the top. I think she learned that The Overhang gives nothing away for free, and today it gave her some serious attitude. I know she wants another try. Paul used his extensive climbing experience to hammer up both the right walls with ease. And most everyone in the group signed their names at the top of one of the walls.
Lunch was Mac & Cheese and there was not a macaroni noodle to be found afterwards. Following lunch we had our Notebook meeting in which we discussed Sports Nutrition. The rest of the afternoon consisted of smoothies, an Adventure Race and physical testing. For the testing portion, Coach Kara was impressed at the overall performance of this camp in the push-up department. Coach Katie was the most popular, as she was timing the Berg Und Tal which this camp has fallen in love with. They keep pushing each other to faster and faster times.
Coaches Andrew and Matt G. took a few of the mountain bikers for their annual Expert Ride in the valley, and all five of the campers who went had an incredible time. Both Andrew and Matt went over the handlebars (twice) and said that all of the campers had double-digit diggers, but all got back up smiling. Congrats to Matthew P, Kyle, Matt M., Jake T. and Ryan R.
Just before dinner, coaches Katie & Megan did a surprise room inspection in the girls dorm. One camper later remarked to Kelley, “Those reinforcements you sent in were tough!” Mary Clare found that out the hard way. She had to do pushups because her toothbrush was not “parallel” with her toothpaste. However, Rena, Allegra and Anabelle received extra marks for their room, as they had all their granola bar boxes lined up with the nutrition labels facing out, AND, they even folded their dirty laundry! But the highest marks went to Meghan, Sandra and Ingrid for a perfect room.
Crazy Hat and Wild Sock night was a huge success with outrageous and fun costumes by both gals and guys. Libby took the Limbo contest and Kyle finished first in the Pig Whacking race. Then it was into the gym for the movie Rad.
Tomorrow is a hike up Mad River Glen and then everyone's favorite, Sandpits. It may be a bit wet, but that will make it all the more fun.