Attached is a Policy/Guidelines for all Biathlon Training and Racing for June 2020 in MN under the auspices of MN Biathlon, but subject to the Governor’s rules and any guidelines scheduled to be coming out on June 1 from his office.
Based on the Policy and the underlying considerations, the two Camps scheduled for June [Mt Itasca and Elk River] are both cancelled. MN Biathlon will be putting together a new schedule for June to include Beginner rifle fitting/ indoctrination, Day Camps, and hopefully a race. Elk River is closed to roller skiing until July 1st to allow for a pipeline construction down the RR grade near the range. The range and other trails are open yet.
This Policy/Guideline is predicated on the assumption, and subject to our obligation to each other, that we practice safe habits to avoid spreading the Covid 19 virus. II is critical that we live up to this obligation.
Sincerely, Bill Meyer, Coach MNBiathlon
MN BIATHLON POLICY/GUIDELINES FOR JUNE 2020 DUE TO COVID 19 PANDEMIC
While many athletes from the Twin Cities area are using the range at Elk River periodically, at this point we have been unable to organize weekly coached practices. I do anticipate I will be down once every couple of weeks, and we will hopefully have a camp there in June along with 4 summer races scheduled there. We will send notices and invitations out as those get closer to fruition.
As to everyone across the state, if you plan to lease a rifle from MN Biathlon this year—and I have talked to most of those folks recently, you do need to be a MN Biathlon member even if you belong to one of the subsidiary clubs.
Thanks for your interest in Biathlon! Bill Meyer, Coach
For anyone with an interest in the May shooting camp at Mt Itasca, I wanted to be sure you got the information regarding cancelling until we find out more about the virus spread and get further guidelines from the Governor. At that camp we spend a lot of time in close contact with the athletes while fitting rifles and adjusting shooting positions, so ‘social distancing’ would not work.
My hope is to be able to somehow combine that with our June shooting camps—but time only will tell.
With all the issues of recent years regarding athlete abuse, US Biathlon Association has adopted the above policy and program. Parents, athletes, and coaches please review. Coaches, a reminder that you need to go through this training and also an annual update.
Strange times are upon us! While most on this email list are from MN where a ‘stay at home’ order is in effect, we are all trying to get out the door and get in some exercise….training, in other words. I encourage that. We are in the process of sending out some MN Biathlon training plans at present and the training year 2020/2021 starts on Monday.
But all sorts of concerns arise. 34,000 new infections were tabulated yesterday in the US, though only 85 were noted in MN, probably from lack of testing as the death rate in MN is over 3%. So whatever you do—keep your distance from others not in your normal household. And remember, heavy breathing from exercise causes a lot of lingering virus hanging in the air—so really spread out on trails when others are around.
The other factor is your immune system as the above article addresses. Our plans are for fairly light hours of intensity this time of year, focusing primarily on building endurance with overdistance work and strength. Keep the intensity sessions short and recover well before going hard again.
Good coaches have recognized for years that after a hard workout or race, the athletes’ immune systems are depressed for a period of time. That is the worst time to be social and to stand around coughing on each other. Keep that firmly in mind when you are out on your daily workout!!