After a day’s break from the Mt Itasca Part I of the June camps, some reconvened at Elk River on Tues. Here we have paved trails and a paved firing line, but a much smaller range [10 shooting points] and two of them were blocked by a big oak that was freshly down. We did manage to clear that Wed morning enough to allow use of all 10 points. Coaches were Jeff Bosek and Bill, plus a parent [Andy] and sibling [Marshall].
On Tues am we had 8 athletes and started with V2 ski technique—getting into a double pole position at plant and planting with a back angle. See video clip attached. We worked around the range then all skied about 5-7 km for warmup. Got zeroed, and did a 10+10 test on paper. Most have not shot off of roller skis in standing for awhile—so offhand scores were a bit lower than normal. We then progressed to a Meyer 20 x 1 on ringed paper showing only biathlon hit rings. We used the range width to get in an approach and exit from the shooting point with poles and skis. So didn’t time that. No way to compare with our normal test procedure.
After a break for lunch in the parking lot, we reconvened at the range and rezeroed. After more dryfiring and drills we started in on combo training with some easy combos using the racks on the range exit hill for the rifles. [ski through the range—pick up the rifle—ski the range loop triangle and then back in to shoot—dropping off the rifle on exit].
Everyone commuted home. We reconvened on Wed at 9:00. At one point we were up to 10 athletes on Wed am. Various work schedules kept the numbers changing. Again we worked on ski technique first—V1 this time—emphasizing a lot of ankle/knee bend to keep the hips over the feet at all times. The athletes again skied 5 km or so—then we began shooting with a lot of work on paper in the morning. In the pm we shifted to TH combos using the 1 km loop after a 4 mag warmup on the rifle loop. Afternoon temps were getting up into the 80’s but fortunately most of the trails are pretty shaded.
Thursday am the above storm rolled in 2 hours early—so we cancelled out the last day of camp.
Overall the skill level increased a lot over the 2 weeks. Several of the girls were newcomers to biathlon this spring but are regularly hitting targets and starting to show good range procedure. The older athletes got minor rifle adjustments on the paved firing line so were more concise than previously.
Enthusiasm was high throughout the camps and all appeared to enjoy themselves! Bill Meyer, Coach
The Elk River June Shooting Camp starts the 25th and goes through the 27th. This is in the middle of the week following the Mt Itasca camp which starts on the 19th through the 23rd. Ideally you would attend both camps. But as a minimum you should get to one of them!! At Mt Itasca we do a lot of testing—both physical and shooting to establish your personal baseline or to measure your improvements. At Elk River we will focus on ski technique, shooting skills, and range procedures on roller skis.
Coming up in July we will start our summer series of biathlon races on roller skis at Elk River… we expect you to participate in those!!
If you plan to attend a camp or both, and have not yet contacted me-please do so this weekend! We are trying to set up logistics and tracking openings. We still have some room at Mt Itasca along with 5 slots at Elk River.
So get out the door—take your training seriously! And Enjoy the Journey!
Sun-Sun – 11/24-12/1: Thanksgiving camp West Yellowstone &
Training plans are coming out
currently. Let me know if you want a plan—divided into B/G; YJr; Advanced; and
marathon skier categories plus adjusted by annual volume goals. To qualify for a plan you must be an active
member of MN Biathlon.
Also please note: If you intend to lease a rifle from MNBiathlon this
year, you will need to agree to attend most of the MN races including those in
bold print above plus 6-7 winter MNCup races.
Please note if you have a MN Biathlon rifle or one belonging to a coach, they are due to be turned in to the coaches asap.
Vlad in Grand Rapids
Steve or Eric in Duluth
Jeff in Alexandria
Julie in Elk River
Bill in Nisswa.
Thanks for getting this done. Be sure the rifle is spotless and call our attention to any problems with it.
Also, please let me know if you would like to lease a rifle again next year. We are tentatively short of rifles looking ahead, and will be applying some additional criteria to leases next season.
Coaches, please take the time to clean the rifles again, and then let me know when you have all collected and what you have in hand. If we need replacement parts for worn items, let me know. Damaged parts should be replaced by the athlete.
Also please find attached the tentative Spring/Summer/Fall schedule for this coming training year starting on April 15th. If you have not yet received a training plan from me, and want one, please let me know.