Week 2, Month 1

Hi Everyone–

This week is the second week of the first month of training. Take a look at your log from last week. When you finish this current week, you should have 1/2 of your monthly goal hours done. So if you aren’t on that track, making an adjustment now is easier than at the end of the month.. Especially if you are in a high school track program this spring, you should be doing quite a bit of extra work on the side!!

This week has a strength focus—so be sure to get in your 3 strength workouts …and get used to them, you should be putting those in now for the next couple of months! About 15% of your annual hours should be spent on strength work—body weights, light weights, pullup bars, weight room etc.

In addition, some biking as the roads clear is good, and get your roller ski equipment cleaned up, new wheels if you need them, road tips on your ski poles and etc..

And if you haven’t already, and have a leased rifle—be sure to turn it in to your coach and let him/her know if you are planning on leasing again next year. We are short of rifles this year, and if you have been in the program for a couple of years, you really should be looking to buy your own.

Hope to see you at the May weekend camp starting on the 18th of May!

Enjoy the Journey!
Bill Meyer, Coach

Midwest Regional Biathlon May Camp

Hello Everyone,

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

A few details below:
Dates: May 18-20 2018

Who:

1) new athletes- great skiers, at least 14 years old, under 25, who want 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 and running).

Sunday:
More shooting drills and shooting games.
Training will wrap up approx 11:30 am with lunch and departure.

Cost and Registration:

-Cost for use of venue, coaching, and food-  $90, please make checks payable to Vlad Cervenka.  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 $40.00/ 500 rounds ( check or cash  made to Vlad 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.

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 contact Bill Meyer at wmeyer@nisswa.net  or Vlad at cervenkv@gmail.com if this camp is suitable for you. Everyone, please let us know if you plan to attend!!

In June there will be another  camp 6.13 – 6.17  at Mt. Itasca with more  focus on  biathlon training.[ Also a longer camp for the older more experienced biathletes.]

For more info contact

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

ER Clinic and Race photos – from Brian Wray – Saturday, March 3, 2018

Higher resolution images here: https://photo.wrocket.org/2018/elk_river_novice_clinic_part_ii_and_race/

MN Biathlon Summer/Fall Schedule – 2018/2019 Training

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MN BIATHLON
SUMMER/FALL SCHEDULE
2018/2019
TRAINING YEAR

New Training year begins April 16th, 2018

May Camp 5.19-20 Mt Itasca- Introduction to biathlon, fitting rifles, and shooting focus

June Camp 6.13-23 Mt Itasca- Shooting camp. First week for all, second for 2nd yr + athletes

July Biathlon Race- 7.19 Elk River- Biathlon on roller skis –Thurs eve

Vermont Training Camp 8.5-12. Plus travel days. High level training at Jericho, VT

August Biathlon Race- 8.23 Elk River- Biathlon on roller skis- Thurs eve

Sept Biathlon Race- 9.23 Elk River- Biathlon on roller skis- Sunday morning

Oct Camp-10.18-21 Mt Itasca- Intensity focus-Sunday moves to Elk River

Oct Biathlon Race- 10.21 Elk River—Biathlon on roller skis- Sunday morning

Please note the above schedule is subject to changes. Normally about 2 weeks ahead of the event an “Invitation” will be sent out by email. Please respond to those so the organizers can plan for the appropriate number of participants.

The Camps are designed for younger athletes—generally age 13-25. Those older are invited to all the races, and to participate in the camps as coaches or coach/parents.

2nd Novice Clinic and Rescheduled MNCup #9 – 3rd of March, 2018

Hi Everyone–
Unfortunately we had to reschedule the race planned for today due to a lot of snow over the past couple of days, anticipated poor driving conditions [they were]  and a low number of experienced participants interested in racing.
Accordingly, a decision was made yesterday to do the race immediately after the novice clinic next weekend. That Novice clinic is only open to those contacted by Brian Wray as the second tier of those who signed up a few weeks ago.
We again need volunteers to come for the novice clinic with their rifles and help pass on that knowledge to the newcomers. The first group, yesterday, had a great time as did the volunteers helping!!
This coming Saturday we are going to revise the program a little. Instead of a small practice race, novices will be doing the full timed course with 4 shootings, starting in the lineup immediately after the experienced racers. Novices will not carry, but be directed to a shooting point with a rifle as they come into the range, shooting prone on standing. Experienced athletes will carry their own rifles.
An alternate course will be provided for those uncomfortable with the longer distances. Those athletes will start after the first leg of shooting.
The schedule: Saturday the 3rd
10:00 am arrive to help set up the range
11:00 Novice clinic begins
12:30 zero for experienced athletes—and a few shots for returning novices from yesterday
1:30 or when zero is done…race begins.
Please let me know if you plan to attend by Wed evening!!
For others with interest, there will be another novice event at Mt Itasca on Saturday, the 10th of March in conjunction with MNCup #10
Thanks
Bill Meyer, Coach
Nisswa NW Biathlon