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Archive for October, 2008

On snow

Friday, October 31st, 2008

I just finished my second on-snow training session of the week…right in Lake Placid!  A couple of days ago we got a sizeable dump of 6-10 inches or so.  The first day we were at a loss for what to do with it.  The temperature wasn’t cold enough for the snow to set up and neither had we had a recent frost to freeze the ground.  The best option for a quality workout was skiing on the treadmill, so I put in an hour of skating with technique focus in the morning and 1.5 hours of classic in the afternoon. Those were some of my first workouts since my full week off from training.  I’m continuing to feel some soreness but as long as I follow up every training session with stretching and a visit to the cold tub, I feel better every day.    

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More shooting, less skiing

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

We’ve just finished our second week of training in Utah.  I was experiencing some persistent cramping in my legs since the end of our last training block, one of the toughest this year with lots of skating intensity on the steep rollerski loop in Lake Placid.  I eased off on the training a bit during the first week here and substituted classic and double pole for all the skating workouts.  I’ll tell you one thing…it’s been some time since I did any kind of intervals on classic skis!  My goal was to at least get through the races at the end of the second week and then to get some serious rest.

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Soldier Hollow training camp

Monday, October 13th, 2008

We’ve been training in Midway, Utah for about a week now and, since we arrived, have seen everything from warm blue-skied days to heavy blowing snow out on the range.  Most of us have not trained at altitude for some time so the first few days had relatively little intensity.  In order to keep us competitive, though, we participated in “range time competitions,” which are cumulative “races” for which the clock starts when you pick up your rifle in the stadium on the back side of the range and stops after you have left the range, skied back into the stadium and returned your rifle to the rack.  Each missed shot results in a 5-second penalty.  For the first time in a workout since last year I had a succession of six clean stages.

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