Midwest Regional Intensity/Biathlon Camp 19-22 Oct, 2017

Midwest Regional Biathlon Camp
October 19-22, 2017
Mt. Itasca/ Grand Rapids / Elk River, MN

This camp will focus on the specific biathlon training – fast shooting drills, hard combo intervals, additional physical testing( uphill test, rollerski time-trial)

Dates: Thursday, October 19 at 10:00AM, [meeting at Mt. Itasca]  through Sunday, October 22, at 11:00AM at Mt. Itasca or 12:00 PM Elk River.

Note: For those interested, there will be an option to move part of the camp to Elk River on Sunday to workout on the paved trails. Please let both Vlad and me know ASAP: a] if you plan to attend the camp, b] what days you will be there, c] if you want to finish with Sunday at Elk River.

Schedule:

Thu 19- 10 AM: Shooting drills + shooting tests

        2 PM : Combo Intervals 6-8x 5 min

Fri 20 –   8AM : Uphill test

        10AM : Shooting drills, easy combo

        3PM  : Rollerski distance+ technique 2h

Sat 21-   8AM : Rollerski timetrial or intervals( meeting at Fairgrounds)

        3PM : Strength combo shooting, shooting drills

Sun 22-  9AM : Combo shooting/ timetrials [Vlad]

        or  – 10:00 AM Elk River—Combo shooting/ Time trials  [Bill]

What to bring: You will need 1 brick of ammo, running shoes, several  set of clothing, rollerski equipment and helmet, water bottle carrier.

Housing and foodON Your OWN!!!! Possible to camp at Mt. Itasca.

Cost : $ 20/ day   for coaching and usage of  Mt. Itasca ( free for Mt. Itasca athletes)

Please let me know who is coming ( outside the Mt. Itasca athletes)

Thanks,
Vlad

Shooting camp results past 3 years

MN Biathlon Shooting Camp results, times, scores 2016

If you find your name you can scroll across and see old results and this years for comparison. The camp format changes somewhat each year, but the hill climb, time trials, etc are all on the same courses as previous years. This year I think the wind was up more days and stronger/fluctuating more.

Any questions or corrections, please let me know.

Bill Meyer, Coach

Midwest Regional Biathlon Development Camp Mt Itasca – June 2017

Midwest Regional Biathlon Development Camp – Mt Itasca

14th Of June To The 24th Of June, 2017

The June Shooting Camp was held during the past two weeks at Mt Itasca and also using facilities in Grand Rapids and the nearby Mesabi State Trail. Participants ranged from age 13 to 23 with the younger athletes mostly participating through the race event on Sunday the 18th.

Most from out of town camped at Mt Itasca using the Chalet building for meals and showers. A nearby beach in Coleraine also saw some use. The weather cooperated nicely with the random showers missing the scheduled workouts, and temps ranging from the 40’s at night to maybe 70’s on the warmer days. It was windy every day, which affected the shooting more than in some previous years.

The camp started with 18 athletes mostly from MN, but also WI, CO, and CA. Coaches were Vlad Cervenka, Petra Cervenka, Eric Watson, Jeff Bosek, Mark Torresani, and myself, Bill Meyer.

The first week emphasis was on shooting skills working on range procedure, accuracy, and shooting speed and using the normal tests including the 20 shot and French tests. Physical tests included the Mt Itasca hill climb [3 or 4 times running] a bike time trial, and a summer cross race on Sunday am.

The following week saw a shift in emphasis to more physical activities, w/ a lot of additional shooting. On Monday, there was a 5/7.5 km running test on hilly ski trails in Grand Rapids at the high school, followed by roller skiing on the state trail. Tues saw a 11.5km roller ski time trial on the state trail, with some Nordic Combined athletes jumping in.

Wed morning as combo shooting and for some, in the pm they did another 20 shot test. Thursday began the harder workouts of the week with a hard hill bounding/strength workout in the am on Mt Itasca, followed by some easy combos in the pm.

 

Friday morning was the century bike ride, with most of the men and some women doing 100 miles and the other women going 100 km. It was a very windy ride with steady winds of 16 mph and gusts close to 30.

Saturday saw the conclusion with some fun shooting races including a single leg relay followed by a reverse pursuit with the relay finishers saddled with a 10 sec per place handicap.

All in all it was a successful camp with all the athletes gaining skills, improving their fitness, and learning to cope with camp life.

All results will be posted on the Minnesota Biathlon webpage as soon as I get them tabulated.

Bill Meyer

26 June 2017

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