May 15/16 Camp at Mt. Itasca

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

Dates: May 15-16 2021

Who:

  1. new athletes–   Athletes  will go through 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:

Saturday:

  • Camp will start at 10 AM. with  rifle adjusting and  fitting, dry firing and accuracy shooting. 
  • After lunch more shooting drills and some easy roller skiing.
  • After dinner more shooting drills.

Sunday:

  • Start at 9 AM with more shooting drills and shooting games.
  • Training will wrap up approx. 11:30 AM

There is a possibility to shoot on Friday night as well, if  you plan to arrive on Friday. Let me know! 

Cost and Registration:

-Cost for use of venue, coaching,   $30. 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.

What to bring:

You will need running shoes, and several sets of training clothing, (Check the weather forecast before you come) as well as skate roller ski equipment and helmet, water bottle carrier, and bring some rain gear. Also bring a pair of thin ski gloves for shooting. 

Because it is not possible to camp at Mt. Itasca, you have to arrange you own housing and food. The headquarter  at Mt. Itasca will be open for lunch or dinner on Saturday. 

If you plan to come or need more info, let me know.
Vlad Cervenka: 218 256 8323 or cervenkv@gmail,com

Invitation to the daycamps 8/9 May Elk River – Camps now full

Please note this camp is now full.

Please consider this to be the invitation to the two daycamps at Elk River, the 8th and 9th of May. Cost will be $10 per day.

We have invited 5 newcomers to the camp—and hope to have their rifle fitting done starting at 8:00.

The camp for experienced athletes will start at 9:00 on both days. and run until approximately 4:30.

You can sign up for both days—preferred- or one day. We have only 15 open slots each day. The preferences will be to allot those to Youth and Junior athletes first and only those with their own or leased rifles. A very limited amount of ammo will be available in 500 rd cans for $42.50 per can—limited to one per athlete. {and expected to last into mid summer minimum!!} Only Youth and Juniors will be eligible for ammo purchase. If anyone finds a retail source for target ammo—[not high velocity or hollowpoint] please let me know. CCI has been problematic in our rifles.

You should bring your training clothes, ski boots, roller skis—preferably skate roller skis-, poles with road tips, running shoes, short poles for hill bounding, water, lunch and etc. If you feel unsure on roller skis you might want knee and elbow pads also. Helmets are mandatory when skiing!! Gloves are recommended!!

Be sure to check the weather and bring appropriate clothing. Shorts and tees are not appropriate for 40 deg rainy days!! If you bring gloves, be sure they are like ski gloves that you would wear in competition so you can feel the trigger. And beware you can’t shoot in bulky jackets or even warmup jackets with loose sleeves. Ditto with sweatshirts—they don’t work. Vests are good, or snug sleeves.. Race tops are the best.

The goals of the camp are:

  • Touch up the rifle fit on all rifles, especially raising positions as much as possible for stability in prone and getting level on the targets in standing, plus adjusting cheekpieces.
  • Going back to the basics of taking a shot, range procedure, and rifle handling
  • Going back to the basics of skiing—balance, movements, timing and general form
  • doing some basic accuracy tests for baseline for the year

The plan:

  • Fit rifles to novices first before 9:00
  • Set up two groups of 10 at 9:00 at the range
  • one group working on range while other is working on skiing
  • Switch midmorning

This will be repeated Sat pm and Sun morning. Sun pm to be announced

So please sign up asap if you are interested! We are lining up coaches and range help as we plan out the weekend.

Three more notes:
A] there will also be a camp at Mt Itasca for those interested the following weekend. I will forward that invitation when it comes in. That is optional. No food or camping/housing will be provided.
B] Many of you have received log forms for the coming training year. These do not fill themselves out!! Get in the habit of making a daily entry!! And for those who have not shared, you can share it with me and your coach by saving the log to google sheets and sharing it. If to me, please use wmeyer1041@gmail.com.. Otherwise I need to get your permission.
C] Last but not least by any means: Covid vaccinations are available for those 16 yrs and up. Please get it done!! MN is currently at about 40% with their first shot—but in the 20’s % done and probably fewer who have waited out the 14 days after the second shot or the Johnson shot. It has been indicated that the state needs 70% completely done to achieve herd immunity. If we don’t get there shortly, I fear the mutations will override the vaccines and we will be right back to last year again!!

So masks and distancing will be required at the camps unless you are shooting or on skis. That applies to all parents and coaches also. We need to drop the mask a little to scope [or they fog up] but otherwise lets all be compliant!!

The Journey begins again!!
Bill Meyer, Coach

MN Biathlon Training Racing Schedule – April-Dec 2021

April-Dec 2021

April

  • 12 April– begin training plan for 2021-2022

May

  • 8/9 two-day camp Elk River
    Experienced AM and PM- Max 10
    shooting focus Newcomers PM Max 10
  • 15/16 Weekend shooting camp Mt Itasca -optional- housing and food on your own
  • 16 Rifle Fitting / Shooting Clinic Blackhawk Ski Club, Youth and Masters

June

  • 14-20 Weeklong shooting Camp at Mt Itasca, MN, Camping and Breakfast/lunch included
  • 25-27 Shooting and Ski Camp at Blackhawk, Camping available at Blackhawk
  • 26 Safety Certification Class at Blackhawk
  • Sun 27 Daycamp Elk River Max 20
  • Sun 27 Rollerski biathlon race- Elk River

July

  • Sat 17 Day Camp at Wolfpack Biathlon, MN
  • Thurs 22 Rollerski biathlon race- Elk River

August

  • 2-8 National camp and Summer Championships at Jericho VT or Craftsbury Tentative!!
  • Sun 15 Day camp Duluth Snowflake Ski Club
  • Thurs 19 Rollerski biathlon race- Elk River

September

  • 12 Day camp Mt Itasca, MN
  • 11/12 Two Day Camp and Race, Blackhawk Ski Club, Youth and Masters

October

  • 16/17 Day camp Elk River, MN, Fall Festival with Roller Ski Biathlon Race

November

  • Sun 14 Daycamp Elk River
  • 21-28 Thanksgiving camp- West Yellowstone
    incl biathlon race

December

  • 4/5 On snow- Mt Itasca
  • Sun 5 race on snow Mt Itasca MN Cup #1
  • Sun 12 race on snow Mt Itasca MN Cup #2
  • 26-31 Youth and Junior National Team Trials- Soldier Hollow. Race dates to be determined

March 2022

  • 23-27 US National Championships, Lake Placid,NY

Note: Dates and events subject to change based on weather, availability and condition of venues and Covid restrictions. Full winter race schedule for MN and WI will be added at a later date.

Tentative schedule for the coming training year thru December

Good Morning and Happy Easter!

Attached please find our tentative plan for MN Biathlon through Dec. I sincerely hope it all comes to fruition!! In setting up the plan we looked at the current Covid and Covid vaccination rates and tried to project where that is leading. I can’t emphasize enough the need to get our vaccinations done if you are eligible. The following is a daily snapshot of Minnesota from this morning that outlines our progress:

As you can see, we are only at 18.5% fully vaccinated [and that number is the shots, not the 14 day waiting period after the shot for it to be fully effective]. The good news is 32.6% have started the process. There seems to be a lot of vaccine available now—so please, for yourself, for all the rest of us, and for our ability to make our way through the full planned schedule—get vaccinated!! Very very few are suffering any ill symptoms from the shots.

As to the schedule. This is tentative. Usually a week to 10 days [or longer for National events] prior to the event, an invitation will be sent out. Please respond to those as early as you can. It is important to us to know the numbers to expect at each daycamp, camp or race so we can adequately staff and otherwise prepare. And many of the events will have caps on the numbers so each athlete can have a shooting point during shooting training, or so adequate attention can be given to each individual in other training.

We will also endeavor to keep our webpage updated as we go through the year.

Our new training year will start on the 12th of April. This date is picked to allow our main events to be where we want them in the 4 week ‘monthly’ cycle. For those who were out at West Yellowstone, please plan on the first two weeks of the plan to be very easy. You can do some of the attached ‘prestrength’ workouts to get ready for the first strength block, and keep active but at low volume so you are completely recovered and healed up before you jump in with both feet!!

I am working to get training plans out for the year all this coming week. That will include a ‘time plan’, ‘activities plan’, ‘strength plan’ and a log form. The latter can be ‘shared’ with me on google drive at wmeyer1041@gmail.com whereupon I can open your log at any time and see how you are doing.

Once we get rolling, I will endeavor to send out a “THIS WEEK” message the weekend before each successive week which will include a “hypothetical weekly plan” for a hypothetical 500 hr per year athlete. It is impossible for me to do a personal weekly plan for all of you with all the varying personal schedules. But hopefully between the personalized time plan, the activities plan and the hypothetical weekly plan, you can get in the desired activities and within the time parameters on your time plan. And then log your workouts!!!! And keep that going, get in the habit of filling it out daily so you don’t let it drop…

Enjoy the Journey—Biathlon is a long road—but a lot of fun!
Bill Meyer, Coach

Last day of 2021 Nationals

On Sunday, it continued with a 5 km Super Sprint with 4 shooting stages for all athletes. The wind continued to rise- estimate in the high 20’s or low 30’s mph—but the penalty loop was only 75 meters for that format.

Sam Stertz, Grand Rapids, took 1st place in the Youth Men’s division with 2,1,3,1 shooting! Another National Championship for MN!!
Kaisa Bosek continued her run with a 2nd in the Youth Women’s class with 1,0,1,1 shooting! And Evelyn Hudrlik moved up to 7th, shooting 3,2,4,3. Nice result for a 1st yr in Biathlon!!
Saylor Landrum finished in 10th, shooting 1,1,4,2.

On Tues, Marc Sheppard sent out the overall shooting results. Kaisa Bosek was the top shooter for Nationals this year with 83.3% Avg, followed in 20th place by Sam Stertz at 63.3%, Saylor Landrum in 26th at 60%. Cheresa Bouley only was able to do two races, but her average was 70% –about in the top 10.