Midwest Region Shooting Camp at Mt. Itasca, MN

Here is the information for our Midwest Region Shooting Camp at Mt. Itasca, MN. This camp is great jump start to the season and perfect time to do all new adjustments on your rifle or fitting rifle for a new athletes.

A few details below:

Who:
1) new athletes- great skiers, at least 14 years old, who wants to try Biathlon. Athletes will go through a basic safety training, will do a rifle fitting and a start on accuracy shooting, shooting prone and standing, developing good position and range procedure.
2) experienced athletes – check position – make adjustments, and get started with some focused accuracy shooting.

Schedule:
-Friday PM: Arrive at Mt Itasca 6 pm – having eaten dinner. ( Let me know if you plan to come earlier)
6:30-8:30pm Rifle fitting, dry fire
-Saturday:
Training all day with breaks for lunch and dinner. Main focus will be on shooting, though there will be time for physical training ( rollerski technique and running).
In the evening there will be a coaching clinic organize by Bill Meyer
-Sunday:
More shooting drills and shooting games.
Training will wrap up approx 12:30 pm with lunch and departure.

Cost and Registration:
-Cost for use of venue, coaching, and food- $90, please make checks payable to Mt Itasca Nordic Ski Association (MINSA . Bring checks or cash with you, along with the attached registration form. Note that the USBA membership is required.
– New athletes will be able to purchase an ammunition for $31.00 ( check or cash made to Vladimir Cervenka) All experienced athletes need to bring their own ammo. Note that you will be eating out for dinner on Sat night, so bring $ for dinner.

All athletes please confirm  that you coming with Bill Meyer wmeyer@nisswa.net or Vladimir Cervenka cervenkv@gmail.com

2017 May Shooting Camp Waiver

What to bring:

You will be “camping” at Mt Itasca, sleeping in the Headquarters building or in your own tent (or you can stay in hotel on your own). There are bathrooms and kitchen in the Alpine Chalet. You’ll eat breakfast and lunches at Mt Itasca and have dinners out. Bring $ for dinners – breakfast and lunch food will be provided.
You will need a camping mat/air mattress, sleeping bag, pillow for sleeping. You will need running shoes, and several sets of training clothing, as well as skate rollerski equipment and helmet, water bottle carrier, and bring some rain gear. Also bring a pair of thin ski gloves for shooting.

New athletes who needs a rifle contact Bill Meyer at wmeyer@nisswa.net  or Vlad at cervenkv@gmail.com

Athletes from Twin Cities- contact Piotr at bednarski@cityoflakesloppet.com  if this camp is right fit for you.

In June there will be another 12 days long camp 6.14. – 6.24. at Mt. Itasca with more focus on biathlon training.

For more info contact

Vlad Cervenka: 218 256 8323
Bill Meyer : 218 839 4727

2017 Summer / Fall Schedule incl race dates

MINNESOTA BIATHLON SUMMER / FALL 2017 SCHEDULE
 2017 Summer Schedule 3_24_17
Month Date Day Location Description Zero Start
May 19 Friday Mt. Itasca Shooting Camp 6 PM
20 Saturday Mt. Itasca Shooting Camp
21 Sunday Mt. Itasca Shooting Camp
20 Saturday Coaching Biathlon for Parents – evening – Bill Meyer
June 14 – 24 Wednesday – Saturday Mt. Itasca Shooting Camp
17 Saturday Mt. Itasca Mass Start – Running 10 AM 10:40 AM
       June 29 – July 13 – High Altitude Camp – Colorado – Vlad Cervenka
July 27 Thursday Elk River Individual Start – Roller Ski 5 PM 6 PM
     August 5 – August 13 – Jericho VT Camp
12 Saturday Jericho Sprint roller ski
13 Sunday Jericho Pursuit roller ski
August 24 Thursday Elk River Mass Start – Roller Ski 5 PM 6 PM
September 24 Sunday Elk River Individual Start – Roller Ski 10 AM 11 AM
October 19 – 21 Thursday – Saturday Mt. Itasca High Intensity Camp
22 Sunday Elk River High Intensity Camp Time Trial
MN Biathlon Fall Festival
October 29 Sunday Elk River Pursuit Format – Roller Ski 10 AM 11 AM

USBA Regional and MNBiathlon Camps Summer and Fall 2017

Hi Everyone–
Our schedule is coming together. Some dates are a bit tentative yet, and we have not wired down our summer race dates yet. {July, August, Sept and Oct] But here are the tentative dates for the camps:

May 19th – 21st [starts at 6:00 pm on Fri and is perfect for younger and older biathletes alike]- focus on shooting. Also will issue a lot of lease rifles this weekend.

June 14th- 24th—Shooting camp. The first week is perfect for all athletes, the second week gets more intense and is better for advanced athletes.

June 29th- July 13th. Colorado high altitude camp. Dates are a bit tentative. Primarily for advanced athletes. Lot of biking over mountain passes.

August 5th- 13th—Vermont camp. Combo training on roller skis. Beginning of National team selection Trials the last weekend. Good camp for anyone comfortable on roller skis from around age 14 or 15 up.

Oct 19-22—Intensity camp at Mt Itasca. Good camp for all serious athletes.

We are coming into the ‘13th’ 4 week month of training starting on Monday. This is traditionally the recovery month of the year. However we have Nationals coming up in Vermont starting next Friday, and other local races where snow is lingering. But basically the goal for the month is to have fun, do some alternate activities and to get ready for another training year.

Bill Meyer, Coach
MNBiathlon

Skiing at Mt Itasca

Conditions are still looking good at Mt Itasca!! Pictures from Thursday.

Bill Meyer

Strength and Club Rifles

Good Morning Everyone-

For those that did the race yesterday—I see some good results—and some problems that you will need to work on during the upcoming off season. Keep in mind for the older crew, US Nationals will be held in Jericho VT March 23rd- March 29th. Hope you can attend!!

If you have a club rifle, and are not going to Nationals, you should now work on returning it to:
Lou Chouinard in the Cities
Bill in Nisswa
Vlad in Grand Rapids
Jeff in Alexandria.

The rifles should be cleaned thoroughly, and enclose a note indicating any problems you have had with it. We will be reissuing rifles [maybe the same one, maybe another one] at the May camp. New leases will need to be signed at the time of reissue.

As I watched the skiing yesterday, from the youngest to the oldest, I saw a common problem that everyone needs to work on. The course was good, but hard underneath and if your skis were a bit on the soft side [great for softer snow and warm conditions] you probably felt a bit unstable. With the instability comes a natural desire to ‘edge the ski’ by turning the knee inboard as soon as you reach the glide position…or before you reach it. This in turn leads to a weak push. Better is to compress the knee/ankle in line with the ski, and then extend it completely as you move to the new side with your entire body.

Others will do the above inboard knee with every push regardless of the snow conditions. And others will overlean to the outside or not get over the ski in the first place and inhibit their glide followed by incomplete compression and weak or no extension.

Much of the above to help hold a solid glide position while compressing with the poling can be corrected by building up the hip and core strength along with tightening up the knee stability. Side leg lifts, working both the outside flexors, and then lifting the lower leg up to the top leg to work the inside flexors will both strengthen the weak hip muscles and also help with the knee stability. Work with body weight at first..then slowly add light amounts of weight to the ankle area—or do the above with shoes then boots on. A little weight will go a long way.

Push ups, sit ups, side planks, hypers and back lifts, side curls etc will all add to the above with more core stability.

As much as we depend on the hips in normal life and more so in skiing, they are really weak.

Bill Meyer