- After a successful start to the start of the season, we are headed home for the Christmas break! I was a little disappointed with my finish in the 15k Mass Start today, but happy to be heading into the break at 9th place in the overall World Cup rankings.
Before we left the stadium today, Ophelia got a warm Christmas send off from our staff. she’s been on the tour for the past two weeks. It’s been awesome to have Erika and her along for the racing!
I would like to personally thank all of the Czech biathlon fans for making the Nove Mesto world cup one of the most memorable of my career!
It’s been a fantastic start to the biathlon “on-snow” season. We’ve had great conditions since arriving in Canmore on Monday. I’m especially glad that my wife ,Erika, and daughter, Ophelia, are able to join me for the camp this year. Ophelia is very excited about the upcoming biathlon season!
Here’s a pic of my daughter Ophelia, celebrating with me after a successful weekend in Jericho, VT at North American Rollerski Biathlon Championships. The weather was hot and humid throughout the two days of competition, but the races went off without a hitch and it was great to see so many competitors… over 100 entrants both days!
Erika, Ophelia, and I just got back from a whirlwind trip to Bozeman, MT. I have been working as a new board member with the Bridger Biathlon Club, helping them to grow the sport of biathlon in Bozeman. The club has grown from 7 members in 2014, to more than 50 today! Great to see so many motivated happy kids loving this great sport!
One of my favorite workouts is a mountain run that winds up to Avalanche Lake, in the heart of the High Peaks Wilderness. I just ran up there this morning for a 2.5 hr run with ski poles. It dawned on me that I had opened the new training year with the same workout just over a month ago… You can see the difference in climate in the two pics below.
In between those two workouts, I spent almost two weeks in Bend, Oregon getting a bunch of on-snow hours in. We skied 3 hours every morning at the Mt. Bachelor Nordic Center, and then descended to Bend for two hours of afternoon training, either running or on mt. bikes. It is always a great way to start the year; easy to get plenty of training in and this year was one of the best for skiing that I’ve witnessed over multitude of trips to Bend. We even had a few days with fresh powder conditions… Much of last winter’s race course conditions didn’t compare to the spring skiing in Bend!
After an exciting World Champs, and successfully conclusion to the 2015/16 World Cup Tour, the new training season is already upon us. Here’s a few shots of the Adirondacks in the first few weeks of the training year. It’s been a rollercoaster start, complete with sun, snow, and everything in between!