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