There are times in the season where you have to buckle down and really focus – train hard, eat your vegetables, visualize fast skiing and targets falling, etc. This week was not – but I’ll get to that later. Last week was one of those weeks. I had a decent volume mini-block at the front end followed by the North American Rollerski Biathlon Races in Jericho, VT on the weekend. The races went OK but I definitely felt a little mentally fried on the shooting range. After three weeks of intense training, your focus starts to erode and your fine motor skills/ability to hit targets goes south (or north or east or west – just not in the center). The races were a good chance to get back in competition mode but they weren’t anything to write home about – unless you like letters about missing 6 targets in the Pursuit. All in all, it was a solid three-week block.
So, on to this week, the all-important Recovery Week! I look forward to these more than Christmas – I had intervals on Christmas last year. And this was really the last opportunity to get out and recover in the Adirondack Summer as I will be leaving for Sweden tomorrow. That being said, we made the most of it and rented and Island on Lower Saranac Lake. This was to be the site of Bass Attack ’09 – a fishing competition (that’s right, a competition) between anglers from all over the Nordic realm (namely, myself, Tim Burke, Casey Simons, and Dylan Macguffin). I prepared by reading the latest issue of “Bassin'” (yes, no “g” in the title) and watching videos of Bass Pro Tour on YouTube in my spare time.
We hit the water at the crack of noon, ready to wet a line and hit the lunar cycle right at the sweet spot. And… well… we floated around a lot, worked the water pretty well, covered almost every inch of that lake, and only turned up a handful of puny rock bass and a few small mouths. Dylan looked to be headed for vistory until johnny-come-lately angler Paul “The Bass-assin” Ames of Saranac Lake took the high honors with a late-day catch in the final hours of the event.
The prize-giving ceremony was tense, as many anglers questioned the legitimacy of Ame’s catch. There was some discrepency as to whether Ames had been using a banned lure, but after a post-competition test by the World Anti Lure Fraud Association (WALFA) he was shown to have hooked the lunker on a standard worm jig.
I’m dissapointed in my showing on the water. I felt like I was really prepared for success going into the event. I new the lunkers would be down deep, below the thermocline. I knew they weren’t going to be hitting surface. But that’s the way these tournaments go. Maybe next year. FYI, my pics are now “clickable”. Click on any of them to see the full res shot.
So now I’m back in biathlon world, packing for Sweden, about to head abroad for a 7 week biathlon safari. I’ll throw up an update once I get on the ground over there.