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You have been weighed, you have been measured and you have been found wanting. In what world could you possibly beat me.

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

I wish that is how I could sign off on our testing week which was wrapped up on Sunday, instead it will have to remain one of the great quotes from ‘A Knight’s Tale’.

In my last post I talked about some of the testing that has taken place, my favorite test was still to come. The Norquay TT, I don’t know what I like about it, but its probably the challenge of having narrow margins. If you miss your pace or make any mistakes it will be a long 4.5km up. Every year since we started using test skis and using Norquay as a fitness test I have managed to produce personal bests every fall, disappointingly that trend came to a halt this year. Waking up I could see it was a juicy day, 15°c and calm. The kind of day you use to set a PB and CR all in one. But I spent a long and aggravating 17 seconds longer then I wanted to. When it was all said and done I clocked a time of 19:04, 14 seconds slower then my teammate Brendan and 17 slower then the team record and my personal best, which was set on a very none juicy day. I feel I did many things to plan but the expectation was never met and that’s what has me frustrated. But there was little time to sulk, I skied back to Canmore along the very popular Legacy Trail which was a first and a pleasure.

Our next test would be the Alberta Summer Biathlon Championships, it would include a 10km Sprint and 12.5km Pursuit for the Men. Even though it we were familiar with the course and the events there was a entirely different challenge that was going to play a part. The heat, training and living in Canmore doesn’t exactly condition one for racing in the heat, so when we started our Sprint at 4 pm on Saturday afternoon in a temperature of 26°c we got a bit of a surprise. I found that I didn’t know how to interpret my body signals, my legs felt weak at times, my stomach upset and my throat incredibility dry. Thirty minutes after starting everything was back to normal. I ended up shooting 1,2 and placing 3rd. It wasn’t a great performance but it was fun to get in the complete race experience again. Now recovery was key as we would be starting the Pursuit at Noon the following day.

Sunday morning almost felt cool in comparison, but by race time it still managed to climb in to the 20’s and the race would pose some of the same challenges but to a lesser degree. I started the Pursuit in 3rd, 10 seconds out of 1st. Midway through the first lap bibs, 1,2 & 3 were skiing in a pack, and you could feel the race building. We each took a penalty in the first prone and were again packed up for the 2nd lap all the way to the 2nd prone where Dusan the prior days winner took 3 penalties, Brendan 1 and I was clean. I was now the race leader a fun position but also a heavy position as I was now the moving target to those chasing. And the weight was felt on the first standing as I took 2 penalties to Brendan’s clean. Brendan was now the race leader and with a size able margin at that. I put my head down and focused on executing everything right, I was stepping on to my mat for the final shooting just as Brendan missed the final shot of his race, opening just a small crack of opportunity. That door was slammed shut 30 seconds later as I too missed my final shot of the race. Just like that the race was over, Brendan and I had separated ourselves by this point and the climax of the race was gone, now it became 2.5km of survival.

Sunday’s Pursuit concluded our testing week,  a week that provided many challenges the hardest of which were mental. Training with such a small and diverse group it can be tough to gain any real valuable race experience but I feel that especially with the Pursuit I was able to experience part of the environment I will encounter on the World Cup when the season begins Nov 3oth.

I hope these videos are a bit more interesting then the prior DP test, at least you will see someone but me.

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For the Alberta Summer Biathlon Championships results click here.


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Measuring Up

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

This week we have started our Fall testing block, its a bit different then prior years. This year it is earlier and for the first time in 4 years it doesn’t follow National Team selection trials which would normally take place right about now.  It is kind of unfortunate in my opinion that we stopped using the rollerski selections,  I appreciated how by the end of September you knew where you were starting your season and could focus on your training instead of worrying about selections the first week or two you get on to snow.  Anyways that’s a bit off topic.

This week we will have four intensity workouts/tests.  A Double Pole test, Uphill RS test a Biathlon Sprint and Biathlon Pursuit. And we will have two shooting tests a 600 precision test and Combination Test.

So far we have concluded the DP test and the two shootings tests.

Unfortunately a couple of my teammates are recovering from back injuries, thankfully they are well on their way to full recoveries but intelligently like Sid the Kid they won’t push it until their backs are 100%.  Luckily they are well enough to give a 100% in anything not 100% double pole.  This meant for me it truly was a test a mental test,  I knew I had improved my DP strength in the last couple months but being that I was starting first and was the fastest in July I would not see anyone for the 20 min grind up Norquay Rd and I didn’t.  I managed a 20 second improvement since the beginning of July but I wanted more, that being said it is only the second time we have used this course for the double pole test and the first time in the fall.

The two shooting tests were a bit of a disappointment as well, my 30/30 test started out well but I had some complications which I never recovered from.  In theory the best possible score is 600, however the best score I have heard of is 549 achieved by Raphael Poiree (103 IBU WC podiums).  It was a perfect day but unfortunately I did not make the best of it.  I ended up shooting a disappointing 465.

The Combination test is a combination of precision shooting and some timed Biathlon shooting, you receive scores based on time and score.  A good score on this test is 500 + and I think once the results are in it will be a mediocre performance from me again.

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I will update as results and video make there way in to the studio 🙂

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