Well today is an off day, or was supposed to be an off day… at least until noon when three of my luger OTC neighbors walked into my room and invited my roommate Wynn and I onto their Beach Volleyball team! As a day of sitting in the OTC didn’t sound super appealing, I decided to join!
Although it was a chilly 60 degrees and cloudy outside, the Tournament was never rained on and we proceeded to play. I will say one thing about the tourney… although we did play ourselves to a second place, I don’t think four lugers and two biathletes will ever make a good beach volleyball team. Something having to do with not quite enough grace and too much muscle. They can stick to the track, and we’ll stick to the trails!
Its one week of training down, here in LP. I have one more week to go before I’m off to a whole new place!! I don’t really have a home these days, I just go where I’m told, from place to place! I guess it sounds worse than it is, could be worse.
Yes its been quite a while. My bad? In my defense it seems like no matter where I am in Europe, the internet never really works right. It may work ok for a day, or even two, but eventually it breaks. Quite a lot has happened in the last few weeks though! From the mountains of Austria, to the beaches of Croatia; a little snow skiing in Germany, a new stock, and finally home to the USA!
After a week of training in the cold, rainy mountains in Obertilliach, Austria, the coaches decided we needed a little break. With three days of rest planned ahead, the team and I decided a little 5 hour drive south to the beach would be a good rest! It couldn’t have been more perfect! With solid blue skies and crystal clear water, Croatia should definitely be on everyone’s vacation list.
The beach was not to last however, and after three short sunburned days, were back into the mountains 😦 With only 10 days left of camp though, there was now just enough motivation left from the beach to finish out the camp strong. And I would need it for what was to come… the ski tunnel. I have never skied in August before, and it was exactly what I figured it would be.
The ski tunnel in Oberhof is 1.5km long. With the temperature constantly a balmy 22 degrees F, it was quite the contrast to the beach! But loop after loop after loop, thrown in the with promise that we would finally be going home in less than 5 days, made the training sessions in the tunnel seem eternal. The days wound down however, and soon it was time to pack. I however, had been having a little extra work to do! For the last 3 days of the camp, I had been working on the project of making a new custom stock. The stock makers shop, conveniently just down the road from our hotel in Oberhof, was busy night and day. I would go after the morning training session, work a little, figure out some things to change, and return after the afternoon training session, to find all my adjustments had been made.
Now it is back to the normal training here in the USA. I spent last week resting, and watching a little mountain biking racing at the UCI World Championships of Mountain Biking and Trials at Mount Saint Anne, just outside of Quebec city. There were some full days of racing at Mount St. Anne, it almost made me want to become a mountain biker… but I think I’m just a little to clumsy to pull it off. I think for the near future I’ll just stick with skiing and shooting… because there is way less consequence for the clumsy??
So for the next two weeks we have a good block of training here in Lake PLacid. Fall has struck here in upstate NY, it was a nice and cool 55 degrees for the morning workout today!! I always love this time of year, just for the temps. I have also been reunited with my road bike, and with a slight ankle injury still lingering around, I’m sure I will be spending lots of time on it! I will hopefully be posting a little more often now that I’m back in the USA… So be sure to check back here regularly for updates!
After a nice little one hour drive this morning, the team has successfully moved our training camp from, Antholz, Italy; to Obertilliach, Austria. Though they aren’t far apart, there is going to be a big difference in the training…
In Antholz, the only team training there besides the US team, was the Ukraine team. But here in Obertilliach, we will be joined by teams from Russia, Austria, Belarus, and Germany. With the extra teams here, it makes for a little more excitement during training. Hopefully we will get some of other athletes to join us in a time trial later in the week!
We have an off day today, but tomorrow we are back to some heavy training. I will get some pictures sometime in the next few days of all the chaos!