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

Biathlon and Novice Race – Saturday, March 11, 2017

This will be the last biathlon event of the 2016 2017 season. While it is possible we will be able to pull off a race at Elk River on the 5th of March, currently the trails are totally closed so it would take substantial new snow to allow it to happen.

Mount Itasca still looks really good per pictures on Skinnyski this am.
Bill Meyer, Coach


Minnesota Cup: Biathlon Race & Novice Race

Hosted by Mt.Itasca Nordic Ski Association

Date: Saturday, March 11. 2017

Place: Mt.Itasca, Coleraine

Race Format: Mass Start (PPSS)

MN Cup March 2017

Distance: G, YW, JW, SW, MW: 7.5km

               B, YM, JM, SM, MM: 10km;

Registration: 9:30 AM –   10:00 AM

Zero:           10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Race Start: 10:45 AM Mass Start

Cost:         $20 (cash or check payable to MINSA)

 

Novice Race (recommended age: 13+)

~ Registration: 9:30 – 11:30am

~ No previous shooting experience necessary!

~ Instruction, Rifles, and Ammo provided.

~ Novice Race will follow the main race.

~ Safety Clinic prior to the Race

~ Start approx. at 12-12:15PM

~ Race Format: Mass Start – 4.5k (3×1.5k), PP + penalty loop

~ Cost: $20 (cash or check payable to MINSA)

 

Awards for Biathlon & Novice Race: after completion of both races.

Questions? Call Vlad or Petra 218-999-5046  or e-mail pcervenkova@hotmail.com    

US Biathlon in Europe #17

Hi Everyone,
This will be the final report on the Youth and Juniors from MN in Europe. Jakob Ellingson, Senior, from the Twin Cities was invited to go back to Europe for the 2 final IBU cup series and at last report was looking for funding. Amanda Kautzer has been invited to go to Sweden for the Swedish National Championships, but I am going to finish up reporting with todays Junior Relay races.

Relays are fun to watch and be in, if your team is in, say, the top 5 before the last shooting. When your team is back a ways, it isn’t real fun to watch. The old saying that a team is only as strong as its weakest link is double true in biathlon. It is also hard to judge exactly how fast the skiers are moving, as the 3 laps each skier does differ in length [each athlete skis a total of 7.5 or 6.0 km plus penalties] but depending on the stadium layout, the first lap might be a bit longer and the last lap shorter –or whatever. Some determination of comparable ski speed can be made between members of the team and the competition however based on the full leg of skiing with the shooting time deducted.

In the US Junior Men’s 4 x 7.5 km Relay team, Cody Johnson, ME skied the scramble leg, Cam Christiansen, MN skied 2nd, Travis Cooper, AK 3rd and Peter Carroll, CA anchored. Cody moved up nicely in the first lap, lost a bit of time loading one extra round to clean in prone, and skied a strong second leg. Too strong. He missed all 5 in standing, but did manage to come back and hit with his 3 extras, but then headed to the penalty loop for 2 laps. He tagged off Cam in next to last-16th place, who immediately got passed, but hung in tight. In the range, Cam cleaned prone with 5 and moved out in 15th 2:30 behind Russia. In Standing he missed 1 with the 5 but caught is immediately with his first extra round and left in 13th 2:52 back. He tagged off Travis in 13th, 3:23 back. Travis used 3 extras and moved the US up a couple of places. Peter also needed a few extra rounds and slowly dropped back in skiing to finish for the team in 14th place, 7:53 behind the Russians. It was an improvement, last year they finished in #16th place.

Cam shot the best today for the US hitting 10 targets with 11 shots; and the top 3 US Men each skied at about a 2:33 per km pace for their 7.5km The second leg Russian skied at a 2:23 pace and he wasn’t the fastest by 8 or 10 sec. And the US had two penalty loops and used 10 extra rounds that take about 20 sec each to handload and shoot, while the Russians had no penalty loops and used 7 extra rounds.

In the Junior Women’s 3 x 6.0 km Relay team, Siena Ellingson, MN scrambled, Helen Wilson, AK went 2nd and Nina Armstrong, NY anchored. One of the 3 Junior women selected at trials could not make the trip so they filled out the US team with Helen who is a Youth, but who did better than Nina in the last analysis.
Siena had problems in the range, shooting slowly and using all 3 extra rounds for both prone and standing. She tagged off in 16th place 2:25 back. Helen used just 2 extras—one each in prone and standing and tagged off to Nina in 17th only 9 sec behind Slovakia. Nina, attempting to make up ground, struggled in prone—missing all 8 shots for 5 penalty loops. She recovered to clean standing without extras, but finished for the US in 17th 11:30 back.

With the conclusion of the Championships the US team will travel to Vienna tonight. Cam and a few others will take a train to Munich and fly back from there on Thursday.

Enjoy!
Bill Meyer