Oh give me a biathlon camp, where the buffalo used to roam…

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Striding up Guardsman

classic skiing up Guardsman Pass, Midway, UT
We’re back in Utah again for our annual October training camp. After a somewhat rainy start to the camp, the last few days have been quintessential Utah – cold in the mornings and warming throughout the day with plenty of sunshine. This camp is great because we stay in a big house just minutes from the venue so that you can train out the front door for most workouts. Soldier Hollow is still an unbelievable venue after more than a decade and there’s even a bit of new pavement this year. Unfortunately, they didn’t quite get through the whole repaving effort so part of the course is currently out of commission.

Other than a ton of training, I have a few other goals this camp. I think it’s important in these camp environments, to take a small amount of time each day and get away from the 24-hr biathlon experience. Living in a house full of athletes and coaches can become a bit smothering and claustrophobic at times so it’s important to do your own thing for a small amount of time each day.

As many of you know I bring my guitar with me wherever I go. It’s with me on this trip as well but I haven’t dedicated quite as much time to playing since I was challenged by my friend Jon Schaffer to come up with a biathlon rap song. Accordingly, I’ve been spending some free time at night “laying down rhymes and cutting tracks” (as they say in the ‘biz). Unfortunately, a 25-hr training week is not really all that conducive to creative pursuits and so I only have the chorus written so far.

Other than that, I have resolved that my website is extremely lackluster and in desperate need of rejuvenation. Web presence is not one of my strong suits but I do see the need to update a few things – like the bio section which doesn’t include the last four years of my career. So, I do intend to revamp the entire site but it might be a while given the fact that I have a lot of other things that must take precedent, like penning rap lyrics.

Until next time,
LB

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One thought on “Oh give me a biathlon camp, where the buffalo used to roam…

    […] Lowell Bailey describes his training experience at Soldier Hollow in Utah. There is a sentence which I’ve liked very much “ Living in a house full of athletes and coaches can become a bit smothering and claustrophobic at times so it’s important to do your own thing for a small amount of time each day.” Ah… almost to forget.. Lowell is writing a rap song on biathlon! https://lowellbailey.com/2013/10/19/oh-give-me-a-biathlon-camp-where-the-buffalo-used-to-roam/ […]

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