The Final Days

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Skiing at Mt. Van Hoevenberg at the end of October

Skiing at Mt. Van Hoevenberg just after a foot of snow at the end of October.

Hello Everyone

FYI – The following post is a few days old… I had to delay posting it because packing for Europe seemed like a good idea.  I’m now in Ostersund, SWE and have just completed my first day of skiing on the courses here.  The snow is mostly artificial at this point, but the weather has been cold and the skiing is good.  Now it’s just a matter of training, preparing, waiting, and eventually racing!  First race is on Dec. 3rd.  Happy Thanksgiving!

It’s been quite a while since the last post – I apologize for that.  At the moment, I’m sitting in my living room going over the mental “to-do” list that always pops up the day before I head off to Europe… Take out the garbage, do the huge pile of laundry that is taking over my bedroom, clean my rifle, pay bills, play all of my instruments one last time before saying good bye.

Being that it’s been a while since my last post, I’ll give you a quick rundown of the last couple months of training.  Really, the training of this sport – or any other sport for that matter – is not all that interesting to write about (and probably even more uninteresting to read).  It’s the competition that is exciting!

Throughout the summer, I focused a lot on improving my ski technique in a few areas – specifically, uphill V1 timing and position as well as V2 weight transfer.

Since the Ostersund camp, I travelled home to LP for a nice September of training.  It was great to get quality training in on the new biathlon facility here in Lake Placid.  Having this venue has really increased our ability to maintain consistency in our training from week to week.  Whereas last year we were forced to substitute rollerski combo training (workouts incorporating both skiing and shooting) for running combos, this year we were able to do rollerski combo training throughout the entire summer and fall.  Because of this, I feel much more prepared going into the race season next month.

As with previous years, the team spent most of October in Utah, taking advantage of some great weather and the altitude.  As a so-called “altitude responder”, I experience a physiological benefit after spending time at higher altitudes.  During such a period, the body compensates for lower levels of oxygen in the blood by producing more red blood cells.  This was never more apparent then when I returned from Utah to the treadmill in Lake Placid and had a nice increase in maximum performance output.

So now I find myself “chomping at the bit”, anxious to get over to Sweden and on to snow.  We had a brief span of snow-skiing a few weeks ago but barring that, it’s been a typical Eastern November here – cold and raw, but just warm enough that any precipitation is rain!  For the sake of my fellow Lake Placidians, I hope the pattern changes soon!

Lastly, you might notice a few extra pages on the site.  I’m trying out a few new things in an effort to “diversify” the site a bit.  Enjoy.

Happy Holidays,

Lowell

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4 thoughts on “The Final Days

    Roger, the masseuse from Duluth said:
    November 23, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    Did that epistle go through??? I hope so. It ws a masterpeice.
    Good racing. Go for the gold!
    Rog the Dog (also the masseuse from Duluth)

    larry stone said:
    November 24, 2008 at 12:02 am

    Hey Lowell, Just wanted to wish you (and Tim) good luck. I had such a good time playing with you this summer and getting to know you musically. Congrats on the idol thing and kick ass over there. If you get off the road, give me a shout and I’d love to do some recording with you over here at the studio. The new album comes out in about a week. Let me know how to get one to you.
    Best wishes,
    Larry

    Atte "The Finn" Korhonen said:
    November 26, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    Hey Buddy!
    Good luck in the premier. I am moving out of Sweden and back to Finland in February. But still keeping a close eye to my ex-rival 😉 All the best to you and Tim and the whole team USA. Will be cheering for you! If you can finish in top 10, I will buy you a beer when we’ll meet in the future..

    JackedUpOldMan said:
    November 29, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    The Hay is in the Barn. Looking forward to following your results. Definetaly have a picture in my mind of you sprinting powerfully into the range doing V1. Show the world. TWD!!!! By the way have fun doing it.
    Go Jack Them Up!!

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