|Shooting has been feeling good!|
I’m excited to be writing this from Canmore, Alberta, where the MWSC biathletes have switched from wheels to snow in our first on-snow training camp of the season! We have arrived on the tail end of Frozen Thunder, an event where the Canmore Nordic Center pushes snow saved from last year out onto the trails to have some of the earliest season skiing in North America. They have been busy making fresh snow for us to ski on and every couple days they open more awesome trail.
|I've been testing my new Rossi skis with some great grinds from Nordic Ultratune.|
I'm currently running the XC02, RDG and R214 grinds!
First, I am happy to announce (abet, belatedly) that I have been officially named to the US Biathlon National Development Team! It’s been a long summer of hard work that has finally paid off. I’ve been invited to join the National Team while I am here in Canmore for an on-snow camp and then following that for IBU trials in Minnesota where I will be working with Head of Development coach Jean Paquet. This is an amazing opportunity and fantastic recognition, but I will still remain a MWSC athlete and travel with the MWSC ODT for all of my time not with the National team. I am not the only MWSC athlete to also be part of the national team. Casey Smith and Russel Currier are members of the National B-team, Maddie Phaneuf is on the X-Team and Brian Halligan is also on the Development Team.
I know I haven’t updated since halfway through our Utah camp, so I’ll take a moment to sum up what I’ve been doing since then. After returning from Utah we had a short stint in Fort Kent before heading down to Jericho, VT for the second set of World Cup trials races. I had two very different races that weekend. The first aligned similarly with my poor shooting trend from the first set of races, and even my fast skiing didn’t place me very high on the results. The second day I managed to turn things around and shoot 1-1, placing 6th overall (results HERE ). Although these races were not incredibly important in my season they were still a very good experience and a lesson in turning things around after poor performances.
|Coach Hubbard leading a drill in our Youth Biathlon Camp|
|Had a fun day pressing apple cider with Welly!|
After Jericho we returned to the County for a couple weeks of more training before Canmore. Other than getting the first substantial snow of the year, it was fairly uneventful. However shortly before we left for Canmore we headed south to Portland, ME for a MWSC PG/ODT fundraising Gala and 15k rollerski race on New Haven Island off the coast of ME. Due to having to take some time off due to low energy after Jericho I decided to do the race on a fast pair of skis so that I could participate, but not overexert myself. The course was an awesome tour of the island with amazing views of the ocean. Due to the fast skis I ended up doing the 15k under 40 minutes and was 11th overall. After that we headed back to the County and shipped out to Canmore a couple days later.
|The New Haven ferry after the Lobster Roll|
Our travel to Canmore was a good lesson in patience. Kat, Seth and I had an unsuccessful first attempt to get off the ground in Portland and we were forced to drive to Boston the next day to take a flight to Chicago and then Calgary. We thought we weren’t going to make it out of Chicago when we finally arrived and ended up spending hours waiting for delays (even sitting on the tarmac for over an hour before the plane could take off). Eventually, we arrived in the beautiful town of Canmore with gorgeous, sweeping views of the surrounding Rockies. Any athlete that does a substantial amount of traveling will tell you their own horror stories getting to races; it’s all just part of the game.
|Brian Halligan posing with all of our gear on the way|
The skiing has been amazing, especially after it began warming up. We’ve been treated to beautiful sunny skies and good snow conditions. The Canmore Nordic Center has been doing an amazing job with the snow that they have currently and there is natural snow in the forecast so we are crossing our fingers and hoping for more skiing. I’ve been taking a little different approach to this camp and focusing on putting in lots of base training before we start ramping up to the races. This is due to a variety of factors, but I am happy to say that everything is feeling great and I can’t wait for the first set of NorAm races this next weekend!
|Totally loving my new Rossi classic boots!|
|Treated to a nice sunset on one of our afternoon skis.|
|Prone shooting in Canmore|
More updates to come.
|Welly pondering life on a recovery run with a fantastic view|