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“This kinda thing ain’t never been seen ’round these parts before… #marwe #rollerski #ONEWAY”
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I just realized something yesterday, it’s almost mid June! Yes, Captain Obvious strikes again…
All that really means is that in a week, the days start to get shorter. As depressing as that sounds there is still plenty of summer to be had, and it’s not really worth getting depressed about!
As the season ended in Khanty, I was mentally done. I needed a break, and a good long break at that! So that’s just what I did, though I initially spent some time at my parents in MN it wasn’t long before I packed my bag with shorts and headed to the golden central coast of California!
I’d love to tell you that I had a nice relaxing vacation of sitting on the beach, surfing, and drinking beer, but that’s not exactly what happened. I mean I did all those things, but I reached a point of boredom and I couldn’t help myself! 5 weeks is a long time to be on vacation, and sure enough, after about 1 week I was getting a little antsy.
I proceeded down to my local Carmichael Training Systems location, made some friends, borrowed a bike, and started biking. I biked a little, then I biked a lot, and then I biked some more! Eventually though it was time to start back up for Biathlon. I’ve transitioned from the west coast back to Lake Placid, dusted off the rollerskis and running shoes, and unfortunately my rain coat too.
Though it doesn’t seem like too long ago that I was making my way to Sweden for the WC opener, I’m pretty happy that the season is now over. There were a lot of things that I’ll be taking away from the last few months, both good and bad. In my opinion, this was my best overall season that I’ve ever had. Though there weren’t any totally amazing results, I had a very consistent season as a whole, and if I look back to where I was a year ago, I have to be pleased!
For now, I’m back home in MN for a few weeks of rest and relaxation! Though its hard to do that completely since there’s still over 2 feet of snow on the ground! So I’ll still be skiing for a few weeks to come hopefully!
This picture is taken from the Olympic village in Sochi, Russia. I’m already motivated and looking forward to a full summer of training ahead! Hopefully I’ll be back there next year, stronger, faster, and more accurate than ever! But for now, there’s a little time to rest still…
So here I am in Siberia. It’s almost 2am local time, and that is 3pm back home in Minnesota. However, as the races this week don’t start till 6pm local time, I’m on on what we refer to as “the late schedule”. Meaning I go to bed about 2am, wake up for breakfast at 10am, then take a short nap and start my day around noon! It doesn’t necessarily make sense, but it works.
But that’s not even the main reason for this rare and unusual post! It’s been roughly 374 days since my last post. My posts are… sporadic, to say the least.
This is a new post… with a panorama picture. Oh ya, and I did it from my phone!!
The first few races of World Championships have come and gone. Mixed Relay, Sprint, and Pursuit. I’ve spent all three of these races in pretty much the same place, crouched in front of the TV cheering on my team mates as they navigate their way through the slushy mess that has been the venue the last few days.
But being the alternate has its benefits too… I’ve learned to be patient, waiting for my turn to race. I’ve learned that coffee is bad to drink while watching biathlon, something about caffeine mixing with a lot of enthusiasm… not always good. I also think I’ve learned to be grateful for the races I DO get to do. Sometimes maybe I took them for granted. It also hasn’t been the best of seasons. As of now I’ve been healthy for a whole month though! Maybe thats a sign that things have turned around. I’ve done a total of 5 races since the beginning of January though, so I’m more than a little anxious to get to the start line!
Who knows when that will be? Individual race on Tuesday, Mens Relay on Friday. Its not certain when I will get to race, or even if. But I will be ready when the time comes.
Tune in to http://eurovision.digotel.com/ibu/index.html to watch the races live…
http://www.biathlonworld.com/en/ for results and other things biathlon…
It seems I’ve done quite a bit of this recently. In the last 6 days alone I’ve traveled through 5 different countries, watching the miles go by in car, train, bus and plane. So far I haven’t had any mishaps with the travel, although I did manage to get sick again on the way home from Slovakia. After the U26 Champs in Slovakia, teammate Russel and I drove back to Antholz for four days for a quick training camp with our coach Armin.
I didn’t really get a whole lot of training in Antholz though. The sickness I incurred on the travel from Slovakia sank from my nose into my chest and lungs, and I was forced to spend a few days on the couch coughing and hacking to my hearts content. I did however have one thing that helped immensely! Armin lives just next door to a hotel owned by his aunt, so I spent a few afternoons down in their sauna!! It was a pretty nice deal, and by the time I had to leave Antholz on Monday I was feeling much better!
After that the day was a piece of cake. Just a quick wakeup at 4:30am, 3 hour drive to munich, 7 hour sit in munich, 2 hour plane ride to Stockholm, 3 hour train ride to Sundsvall, and 2 hour bus ride to Solleftea!! No problem! I arrived a little after midnight at Per’s house and went to sleep right away. This morning I woke up to one of the best days of classic skiing I’ve had in a long time, and I look forward to staying in one place and training here for the next 2 weeks!! Hopefully I’ll get out my camera and take a few pictures while I’m here!
Check back in a few days!