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!
Well the last few weeks have been pretty busy. First starting two weeks ago, coach Armin came over from Italy for a shooting camp in LP. We had one week of some serious shooting action. Though it wasn’t too over the top for the athletes, Armin was going full speed for 10 hours a day, everyday. All of the athletes had two hours of one-on-one shooting per day, one hour in the morning, one in the afternoon. Usually the morning session was live shooting, working on things like position, timing, precision etc. The afternoon sessions were split, sometimes they were live fire again, other times we were on the SCATT shooting simulator.
The SCATT is a laser shooting program that runs through a computer. The computer is able to track exactly where the rifle is aiming at every moment. It also measures barrel speed, the timing of the shot, and can hook into a pressure sensor for the trigger. When its all working together like that, it’s a really good tool for the coaches to monitor our shooting!
The second week we were back into a more normal training week. Though the 27 hours of training wouldn’t normally be too bad, the heat during the first few days of the week was pretty overwhelming. With temps reaching around 90, with plenty of humidity, I can personally say I was experiencing a little bit of heat exhaustion. You have to stay especially hydrated for weeks like this one, otherwise you just can’t maintain a good level of recovery…
So now I’m back home in MN. I have almost 10 easy days of rest and recovery before I head off to our Europe camp starting July 28th!
To say the least, it has been a long training block. The last three weeks the whole national team has been in a high hours volume block. Since I’m a little younger than the others, I did a few less hours here and there. The rest of the team did around 80-85. I finished up with 77 hours, which is more training than I’ve ever done in such a short time!
Now its on to a recovery week. With the low hours in training this week, its perfect for our shooting camp which starts up Tuesday morning in Lake Placid. Teammate Russel Currier and I will be making the drive down to LP tomorrow! We’ll have about 5 days of intense shooting training with only around 10 hours of physical training. I’m definitely looking forward to the rest though! I’ve found it hard to even get out the door for my workouts the last few days due to some pretty good fatigue. But I’ll be taking plenty of naps this week, and getting ready for our European training camp which starts up July 28th in Italy!
Here are a few pictures from this last period of training,
Thanks for reading, Have a happy and safe 4th of July! God Bless America!