Invitation to June Elk River Shooting Camp

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!

Bill Meyer, Coach
MNBiathlon

First June Camp 2019

Just in from Vlad. This is the invitation to the First June Camp [19th thru 23rd] including the waiver, plus the tentative schedule of events. The camp will accommodate a wide range of abilities and is designed to build your ski and shooting skills. Just as this past weekend, you will get coaching appropriate for your level at this point.

Housing will be similar to this past weekend. Camping at Mt Itasca, staying in the waxroom, or on your own. The more who stay at the venue, the more fun it is for all!!

The camp is designed primarily for Boys/Girls; Youth and Juniors. Ages 14 though 21. For those 12 or 13 yr olds who are fairly mature, you should talk to Vlad or me about whether the camp is for you. You would need to have a parent with you.

Please let me know, along with Vlad, if you plan to attend.

As to the followup camp in Elk River, I am still working on logistics for housing, camping etc. I will try to get out an invitation in a couple of weeks. At this point I would like to limit that to 10 participants due to the size of the range, and will favor younger athletes. If we don’t fill with those, we can accommodate some seniors and masters via a waiting list. Hope that works.

If the demand is really high [over 10] we will rethink the format and have two groups doing alternate activities..roller ski focus and shooting/combo focus, switching back and forth.

Again, Enjoy the Journey!
Bill Meyer, Coach
MNBiathlon

2019/2020 Minnesota Biathlon Membership

MN Biathlon + Nisswa NW, Duluth Esko, Alexandria, Mt Itasca —– $30.00

MN Biathlon + Bluff Country Biathlon, Red Wing —– $30.00

MN Biathlon + Twin Cities Biathlon [includes use of Elk River Range] —– $150.00

MN Biathlon + TC Biathlon+ Coached Weekly Summer Shooting at Elk River —– $300.00

[ Note: does not include cost of ammo nor cost of any club rifle lease made available, nor US Biathlon membership due in Oct each year] [Each club may have separate membership/training fees]

May shooting camp invitation

Good Morning!

Well, looks like winter isn’t done yet. Vlad said yesterday he was still skiing!! We picked up about 6” so far. At least the wind died down!!

Attached please find the Invitation to the May camp. This camp will be similar to last year which some of you attended. If you meet the criteria for age and want to attend, please let me know. If you have your own rifle, or if you have talked to me about a lease for the coming year we hope to see you!! If you haven’t talked to me about a rifle yet you need to do so quickly. I have sent this invitation out to about 25 athletes who attended Novice races this past winter, and I fully expect to get more interest than we have rifles available.

So please let me know if you are planning on attending.

Thanks, and hope you are enjoying the Journey!!
Bill Meyer, Coach

Club Rifles Due to be Turned In

Hi Everyone,

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.

Thanks, and Look forward to the next year’s Journey!
Bill Meyer, Coach

MN Biathlon 2019/2020 Spring/Summer/Fall Schedule

APRIL

Mon – 4/15/19:  Begin 19/20   Training Plan

MAY

Fri Eve- Sun – 5/17-5/19:  Weekend Shooting Camp- Mt Itasca-leased rifle issuing/fitting

JUNE

Wed-Sun – 6/19 -6/23:  Mt Itasca Midwest Shooting Camp; Cross Bia race

Tue- Thurs – 6/25-6/27:  Elk River continuation Shooting Camp – time trial on rs

JULY

Thurs eve7/18MN/ER RS Biathlon race #1

AUGUST

Thurs eve 8/8MN/ER RS Biathlon race #2

Sun- Sun – 8/11-8/18:  Vermont National Camp  & Nat RS Bia Championship races

SEPTEMBER

Sun9/15MN/ER RS Biathlon race #3

OCTOBER

Sat-Sun –  10/19- 10/20:  Elk River Camp & MN/ER RS Bia race #4

NOVEMBER

Sun-Sun – 11/24-12/1:  Thanksgiving camp West Yellowstone & Biathlon race

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.