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Archive for November, 2009

Full Range in Canmore!

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

We’re on a full range, finally! On Tuesday night temperatures dropped low enough for a dusting of snow and for the Nordic Centre staff to blow snow, so we are finally able to ski on the full range as well as behind it, somewhat of a relief given the number of biathletes at training every day. It’s really a pleasant surprise to see so many youth and junior—some even younger—athletes training on the range, because that age category is nearly absent in the U.S.

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Canmore

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

My travels to get on snow began Sunday when I met up with Tracy Barnes-Colliander in the Calgary airport just past midday, giving us plenty of time to drive to Canmore, visit the Nordic Centre and buy groceries. Our team camp doesn’t begin until next Sunday, but we decided to come out a week early just to spend a little more time on snow. Somehow, late fall rollerskiing combos on the 1km loop at the ski jumps in Lake Placid just doesn’t get you too excited for the season, despite the fact that we’d been lucky to have nice weather the whole time.

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Intensity Week

Friday, November 6th, 2009

Having just returned from a three-week altitude camp (and a one-week rest period at home!), we’re putting to use that increased oxygen-carrying capacity by doing a whole lot of intensity this week.  This way, our bodies gain fitness by our ability to train harder than normal, thanks to the extra red blood cells formed while at altitude.  This week, though, has been a little different than the traditional intensity week.  We’ve done several “over-speed” workouts to help us become comfortable at a higher tempo and/or pace, making “normal” race pace feel just a little bit more relaxed.  Since we’ve got a mix of sprinters and long-distance skiers on the team, doing these workouts as a group has benefited all of us, because those of us (including me) who aren’t the best sprinters are learning to improve on weaknesses.  And while biathlon races are never shorter than six kilometers, a good sprint to the finish can certainly save a few seconds.

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