It’s been a while since my last post and I apologize for that. A lot has happened over the past few months and, believe it or not, the team is busy preparing for the upcoming season again. It seems like last season just ended!
April in Vancouver!
After a few weeks of free time (spent telemark skiing at Whiteface Mountain), the national team reconvened for the first training camp of the new training season in Vancouver, Canada. While there in mid-April, we had a chance to preview the Olympic biathlon venue, which turned out to be in phenomenal shape, even with almost two years to go before the Vancouver Games begin.
After a week of on-snow training in Vancouver, we traveled to Colorado Springs – the home of the U.S. Olympic Committee. During the following week, we spent most of the time working with USOC coaches and staff, training at the Olympic Training Center, and we even spent an afternoon rock climbing in one of the local canyons.
Rock climbing at Cheyenne Canyon, just outside of Colorado Springs.
At the conclusion of our two-week season kick-off, I traveled an hour north to Bailey, Colorado to visit my cousin, Adam (you guessed it) Bailey. I spent a couple of days with Adam, his wife Jenny, their son Liam, and my Aunt and Uncle (also Bailey’s!) taking in the sights that Bailey had to offer. It was great to catch up with relatives that I seldom get to see throughout the year.
And now, I am back in Lake Placid and the training season is in full swing. Right now Lake Placid is hosting a training camp for the entire U.S. Biathlon Association. This includes the national Junior team, development teams, and world cup teams, as well as coaches from all over the country. We are half way through and it has been a great experience so far having everybody in the same place. Normally my training group consists of three or four people, but this camp we have around thirty athletes training together which makes for a good atmosphere. Hope you enjoy the pics (more below) and that this post finds all of you in good health and spirits. Thanks for checking in!
Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, CO.
Adam, Liam, and I at The Bailey Country Store, Bailey, CO.
Wynn Roberts (US Junior World Team) leads the group across a lake above the Vancouver Olympic biathlon venue, Whistler, B.C.