Today was a well-deserved rest day for the guys. We got everyone up at 0700, ate a good breakfast (protein drinks, yogurt, almond butter and fish oil) and straightened up the training facility.
Afterwards we drove about an hour north of Charlotte to Carrigan Farms - a rock quarry - to do some swimming and cliff diving. The folks from Carrigan Farms served us a huge hamburger/hot dog/bratwurst feast. It was a good time for all.
We returned to the training facility at about 1500, at which time we assisted a local non-profit (the judo club hosting us this week in their facility) in setting up for an annual judo/jiu jitsu camp at an offsite location. The event, billed as the Greatest Camp on Earth, attracts judo and jiu jitsu players worldwide. In return for our help in setting up for the event, the judo club has allowed us to use their facility this week. They have also allowed us to work with their instructors. The cadets earned 4 hours of community service today.
At 1900 we took the cadets to The Golden Corral for a buffet-style feast. The guys stuffed themselves, totally disregarding the Zone Diet for the day. That's OK... I stuffed myself, too. There's no harm in relaxing the rules occasionally!
We returned to the training facility at 2100, cleaned up, watched camp videos, and got to sleep at about 2300. The guys have a BIG day tomorrow, beginning with 2 hours with Igor Yakimov.
Stay tuned - there's more to come.