June and Vermont Camps General Information

Hi Everyone-

A number of questions have come up regarding the June Camp at Mt Itasca [ June 14th-24th] and the Vermont Camp [August 6th-13th].

The June camp at Mt Itasca is appropriate for pretty much anyone 14 or older, or younger with some experience on roller skis and shooting. We will move on from what we did this past weekend at Mt Itasca. Normally the younger athletes will stay through the first weekend and get in the summer running race, while the older athletes should plan on the entire time. We will have an invitation out shortly on that. The first week is weighted towards shooting skills with a lot of other physical activity, and the second week is weighted toward harder physical activity with a lot of shooting.

The Vermont camp is much larger and ends with the North American Rollerski Biathlon Championships on Sat/Sun. Below is a webpage that indicates who participated in those events last year.

http://www.eabiathlon.org/results/2016RollerskiSprint.pdf

Again age 14 and up is appropriate, with skill on roller skis and good shooting ability. The roller loops are dedicated to skiing—no vehicle traffic. They were recently repaved 2 years ago and are really hilly and fun to ski. The range sits in a saddle between two low eastern mountains and the trails all go down from the range [and back up before you shoot].

The classes last year placed 14-16 yr olds in a Boys/Girls category and 17-18 yr olds in a Youth category. For purposes of the Youth and Junior Trials/Championships next winter, an athlete who turns 15-18 [inclusive] during 2017 is eligible for the Worlds events as a Youth. 19-20 are Juniors. Last year a 14 yr old girl from California qualified but was denied due to her age by the IBU. Those trials were held in Vermont on the same trails as the Summer Championships. This year the YJr Trials will be at Mt Itasca between Christmas and New Years. Anyone eligible by age should participate for the experience at least. Classes will be available for seniors, masters and Boys/Girls as well. At Trials and Worlds Youth and Juniors as aged above all need to carry their rifles.

We rarely, very rarely, see a first year participant in the Trials qualify for the Worlds Team. So normally the first year is for the experience!!

Hope this helps!
Bill Meyer, Coach

Membership and Lease agreement forms

Good Morning Everyone,

Enclosed are the membership and rifle lease forms for this year. Please note that all forms and checks should be made out to Minnesota Biathlon, but sent to me, Bill Meyer, at the address below. I will keep record of the memberships and leases and forward them to Lou Chouinard, our Treasurer.

1718 MNBia rental agreement

1718 MNBia Membership Registration Form

The memberships are currently due. If you are coming to the May shooting camp, you can bring them to the camp. If not, please take care of this as soon as possible so we aren’t dragging out collections into summer.

If you are currently leasing a rifle, and a coach has said you can keep that rifle for another year, the above applies also. If you are new, or think you might be given a different rifle to lease, please wait on the lease form until the May camp.

If you had a rifle leased last year, whether you plan to lease it again or not, you must turn it in to a coach for maintenance and evaluation. If you have already done so, and he has loaned it back to you, that is fine, bring it to the May camp. If you have not turned it in yet, PLEASE get it into the hands of myself, Jeff Bosek, Lou Chouinard, John Gould, or Vlad Cervenka immediately!

We have limited rifles available for lease. Priority will be given to those athletes who have shown promise with good shooting and skiing skills, participation at camps and dedication to biathlon training and racing; with those returning for a second or third year given priority for the newer rifles. If you are planning on continuing in biathlon, we highly recommend that you purchase your own rifle.

If you have any questions please contact me.
Bill Meyer, Coach

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

Race on Saturday looking good

Hi Everyone
Vlad started grooming with the Piston Bully today for the race on Saturday. Here are some pictures of the range and course. Looking good!!
Please let me know if you plan to attend.

Bill Meyer