I just wrapped up a successful first week of training in Utah with the second intensity workout since arriving at altitude last Saturday. Reaching the end of the week sore and tired, yet feeling well acclimated, I knew that the camp was off to a good start. The key consideration this camp is pacing, because I’ve got a three-week camp at altitude with two races coming up this week and plenty of other intensity combo workouts to prepare for the approaching race season. I think I’ve done a good job so far, most importantly by keeping the level 1 sessions very easy and starting intensity sessions a little more conservatively than usual. It helps that we do lactate testing every two intervals or so, in order to ensure that we’re staying within the right training zone.
I’ve seen huge improvements in my shooting speed, as well as accuracy, over the summer and early fall, and the best part is that it seems to be a natural reaction to the repetitiveness of training rather than the result of a forced or conscious effort. Since I prefer not to overload my mind with biathlon for too many hours per day, I like to restrict as much of my shooting training as possible to the range during active training hours. During the rest of the time I keep busy with alternative activities and hobbies, which are taking the place of studying, for now. But I’ve always emphasized balance and the fact that it improves focus, so I’m not ready to become strictly a “full-time athlete” and certainly continued education in the near future.
A successful combo workout is always rewarding, but some of my favorite workouts take place off of the rollerski loop. This week a four-hour bike ride on Park City Mtn. Resort topped them all. I haven’t been able to incorporate very much mountain biking into training lately, so this was a highly enjoyable and satisfying workout. I’m hoping to take advantage of the opportunity a few more times before I leave here!