I think they meant to say that they opened the gates at 9:30, because I didn't move an inch from 9:10 until 9:30, at which point everything opened up.
Taking the turn towards camp.
After signing myself in (and Teddy out), I was directed to grab a seat in the gym. They played a slideshow as we waited and it started to get emotional. After 45 minutes of slideshow, the gym was now packed with parents and siblings waiting for their campers. Finally, campers started arriving (all in new bright yellow camp T-shirts). If felt like Ted was in the last group to enter. He looked good, but very tired. I saw him, but he didn't see me (although he was trying to find me in the crowd. We next heard from the main councilors and the camp director; kids who had been all 5 years were given a pijn for their lanyard; two councilors were recognized for being uber cool; and each cabin got up and announced their one word that described camp. At this point, I was a total mess. It was also at this point, that Teddy finally saw me. He was beaming! They sang one more camp song and then camp was over. Ted and I found one another in the sea of people; grabbed his bag and made our way to the car. I asked him along the way if he was ever homesick. He answered: "No! but I may be camp-sick when we get home." He loved camp; didn't stop talking about it for the rest of the day (which involved 2 two hour car rides and a three hour flight). He is already planning on going back next year - it was truly magical. And for anyone who knows him, this shouldn't be a surprise - every councilor that saw us leaving ran up and asked for "one last hug" and then turned to me and told me how awesome he was.
Friday was a long (and emotional) day. But a good day. Puts everything into perspective.
FITNESS PUSH. While down in Georgia, I was pretty good on the eating side and really good on the exercise - that's what happened when you are alone in a strange place. For the most part, I did well - very little snacking and only two (maybe three) things I regret. On the exercise front - I ran 5 miles the first day and quickly realized that it was simply too hot to run. Instead, I hit the elliptical machine in the fitness room twice a day (usually 45 minutes in the morning and an hour at night). By the end of the week, my arms and chest were sore and my pants were loose. I was sure I had lost weight. But alas, it was not to be. Turns out I gained about 3 pounds. Oddly (and maybe I am just fooling myself here) I think I gained some upper body strength (from the elliptical machine) and am in position to have a good week or two of solid weight loss. I've set a goal to lose a certain amount of weight by September 16th and that goal is almost (ALMOST) in jeopardy. If I can pull off a few good weeks in a row, I might be able to make it. Again, may be fooling myself, but I still think I can do it.
DOPEY TRAINING. The official training mileage is still on the low side (longest run thus far is 5 miles) so I am continuing with my normal training (3 mid-week runs of 4-5 miles and a 10 mile weekend run) until the official training program hits 11 miles in early September. Still feeling strong when running.
GOALS FOR THE WEEK.
3 Mid-week runs
1 Bike ride
10 mile weekend run
Lose 2 pounds.
Let's hit this...