After lunch the folks at EABC generously offered a free biathlon clinic and a mini-race, and several of our skiers jumped in. It turns out that we have a wide range of shooting ability on the team, but overall our skiers were pretty good! Gabby and Lily in particular showed good aptitude, and Ellie was an absolute natural - 8 of 10 in the race! Pretty sure US Biathlon is going to be recruiting her when she graduates. Despite impressive shooting performances by several people, we all got a harsh reminder that sometimes raw power trumps finesse - little Ian powered to victory despite shooting a mere 3 of 10. Hats off to fast skiing, if not skill. We finished off the day with an easy skate ski and a little technique work for the non-biathletes - a long but productive day.
Next morning was our traditional Fall Camp hike/run. We always try to make this into a point-to-point, just to make it a bit more of an adventure - this year, we chose to run up the north side of Camel's Hump on the Long Trail and back down on the west side. It was a weirdly tropical day -super humid and mild - and the rain started up right about the time we started running. Camel's Hump is a pretty big mountain with a long gradual approach - between this and the rain we figured it would take a long while, but the team ripped through the ascent in remarkably little time. The top of the mountain was in thick clouds - not much to see but white - but it was still a special feeling to be up there on this bizarre misty day, and everyone was in a goofy happy mood. The rain really started up on the way down, turning the trail into a creek - we all gave up on keeping our shoes the least bit dry and just bombed down it. The girls put on a remarkable a capella concert featuring rain-related songs and we ended the workout in style. Of course the sun came out minutes later - a bit late, but we grabbed some food on the way home and enjoyed some dry-out time.
We got more rain for our final day at camp. It took a bit of an effort to get fired up for a long rollerski, but our skiers are pretty hardy. Within a few minutes everyone was good and wet and enjoying themselves. Thanks to the magic of a loop, coaches saw the skiers several times throughout the morning, and we were able to do a ton of good technique work. Normally we don't get this level of thorough technique work done until Thanksgiving Camp, so I was pretty overjoyed. Must get a rollerski loop built at Bowdoin! It was an unexpectedly great workout, and a nice cap to a very productive camp.
Now we're back on campus, squeezing in a lift and a nice trail run today before break is over. In our first few days together the team has done great work, and I'm super stoked - it's going to be a great fall!