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Canmore Camp

Once again the national team has made our yearly trip to Canmore, CA for early season snow. The good folks at the Canmore Nordic Center have laid out a great loop of snow again this year and our first ski today was a great success! Hopefully some cold temps overnight will keep the snow in good shape while we’re in town for the next 3 weeks. Here’s a few pics of the boys from this morning! @usbiathlon @tb_burke @sp_doherty #frozenthunder #usbiathlon #canmorenordiccenter

Training Camp in Sweden!

Since my last update it doesn’t really seem like too much has happened.  For the most part I’ve been at home base in Lake Placid for the majority of the summer.  However the last two weeks have been a nice little change from that as teammate Sean Doherty and I traveled to Östersund, Sweden for a little training camp! Other than that it seems its just been the normal ups and downs of life as a biathlete!

Shortly after my last post I managed once again to sprain my ankle.  It had been about two years since I’d last sprained it, but I was pretty mad to say the least.  Fortunately for me it happened right in the middle of the World Cup, so I had plenty of futbol to watch from the couch!

After a week or two of recovery I was more or less able to get back to normal training.  Just in time as it was time to pack my bags and head overseas to Sweden!  I had never been to Sweden in the summer before.  Funny thing, it’s a little bit different in the summer than in winter!  I was greeted by temps in the upper 80’s and about 20 hours of daylight each day!
It has been perfect for training in more ways than that.  With the Women’s national team at a training camp in Finland, and teammates Tim and Lowell staying behind in the States to gear up for a weekend of rollerski races; it has just been myself, Sean Doherty, and our new coach Jonas (Jo-nasty) Johansson!  I’d say its a pretty good coach-athlete ratio, and has enabled us to be very efficient in our work!

A few highlights below: some of these I’ve already put out on Twitter and Instagram…

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Thanks for checking in!  Tomorrow Sean and I will drive down to meet the rest of the team in Torsby, Sweden for the last week of camp.  Some on snow skiing in the ski tunnel there, as well as some joint sessions with the Swedish team!

 

The first from Italy…

Hello There!

Well, we are one week into our five-week european training camp!  The internet is a little hard to come by in these parts, but as it is our off day today, I’ve finally made the trek down to an internet cafe in lower Antholz (Antholz Niedertal to the locals).  There are three Antholz’s here in the Antholz valley, Niedertal, Mittertal, and Obertal.  Our team is housed up at the Seehaus in Obertal, on the banks of the Antholzer Sea(see map at right).  Overall, I’d say its a typical little Italian valley village, lots of cows, green pastures, and tourists.

Now the training… that’s a whole other matter!  With the altitude here at around 5,500 ft(1,700m) the air is a little more sparse than what I’m used to back in the States.  But we haven’t wasted any time jumping into the training.  This last week we’ve spent quite a lot of time on the 1.5km biathlon loop, as well as some rollerskiing on the epic mountain roads, and a few 3 hour mountain runs!  Next week I’m hoping we will get out on the road bikes for a few alpine passes!

After about 4 months of anticipation, last week I finally received my new barrel and action!  And I’m happy to say… it seems that a good barrel makes quite the difference.  Though my old barrel was only about 3 years old, my old action(trigger and bolt) was about 25 years old.  So after a few problems last winter, my coaches and I decided it was time for a whole new, modern setup.  Though unfortunately, I can’t tell you I haven’t missed any targets… they seem to go down much easier than they used to!

Well, I’m sorry to say I don’t have any pictures to post today.  I mistakenly didn’t download them on to my computer, but I have  lots on my camera.  Tomorrow we will be able to use the internet at the biathlon venue, which is a mere 5 minute walk from our hotel, so I will be able to post more often!

So I think its ciao for now, thanks for checking in, and I hope all is well back in the good ol’ USA!

L