World Championships On The Horizon

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Ross Flowers, USOC Sports Psychology consultant, enjoying the Antholz weather
Dr. Ross Flowers, USOC Sports Psychology consultant, enjoying the Antholz weather

It’s Tuesday, February 3, 2009 and I’m back in Ruhpolding, Germany after a two-week swing through the southern part of “Biathlon World”.  Our latest world cup took place in Antholz, Italy – a beautiful venue and one of my favorite courses to race.  It’s sits high up in a mountain valley, about as far north as you can get without hitting Austria.  Even though the venue is at about 5,000 feet above sea level, I still enjoy the racing here because the course flows really well.  Most of the climbs are longer gradual V2 sections and there are a lot of transitions.  This is quite different from other world cup venues like Oberhof and Ruhpolding which feature steeper ascents and descents.

An afternoon trip to Vipiteno, Italy during our post-Antholz camp in Ridnaun, Italy.  That clock tower was around before Columbus!
An afternoon trip to Vipiteno, Italy during our post-Antholz camp in Ridnaun, Italy. That clock tower was around before Columbus!

Although my ski time (compared to the rest of the field) improved in the Antholz 10km Sprint, I had an awful day on the shooting range and fell out of contention for the 12.5km Pursuit the following day.  This was a big dissapointment but it forced me to step back and re-evaluated my training going in to World Championships in South Korea.  It was nice to see Tim come back to form, placing 15th and 11th in the Sprint and Pursuit.

Weissbier = Carbo loading
Recovery.

So now, I find myself back in Ruhpolding, Germany, preparing for the biggest races of the year, World Championships.  We’ve spent the week focusing on longer intensity sessions and a lot of highly-monitored shooting training.  Ruhpolding is a great venue, both during it’s annual World Cup event but also as a place to train.  The staff is passionate about creating world-class skiing and shooting range conditions whether it is World Cup Race Day, or just another training day for the local Bavarian teams.

A tough day at the office. Ridnaun, Italy.
A tough day at the office. Ridnaun, Italy.

Just a few more days here, and then we head across four more time zones to Pyeong Chang, South Korea!

Cheers,

Lowell

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3 thoughts on “World Championships On The Horizon

    Atte said:
    February 3, 2009 at 11:42 am

    Good luck Mate!!

    Roger, the masseuse from Duluth said:
    February 3, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    Cheers to you, and god luck in Korea. Good luck to the whole team. Many of us here in Duluth keep track of results, and i look forward to the Vancouver WC, especially. I’ll be there!

    Elizabeth said:
    February 3, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Safe travels and happy trails. I will be watching you in southeast Asia. Good luck

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