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