MN BIATHLON POLICY/GUIDELINES FOR JUNE 2020 DUE TO COVID 19 PANDEMIC

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Good Morning Everyone,

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

This document is intended to give guidance for all MN Biathlon activities for the month of June and possible July, 2020 due to the prevalence of the Covid 19 virus in MN. It is subject to change particularly when the Governor’s guidelines are revised again on 1 June. 

General: 

  • Keep all activities outside, if possible. 
  • If an athlete, parent or coach is feeling sick, has a temperature over 99.5 F or has a cough, loss of taste or smell, stomach ache or a sore throat, or has anyone in their family with those symptoms—please stay home! Do not participate in any group gatherings!
  • All group gatherings should be no more than 10 people total in size including coaches and parents. 
  • Keep a ‘social distance’ of 6 feet or more as much as possible and further apart if working hard [like doing combos etc]. 
  • If closer contact is unavoidable [like in fitting rifles] both persons should wear face masks. 
  • There will be no overnight camps in June. If conditions allow, there will be some consideration for July so this document will be updated in mid-June, if not before that. 
  • You can shoot individually, or otherwise participate in outdoor activities with normal cautions and in consideration of the above rules. 

Group Activities:

  • Novice rifle fitting and indoctrination. We need to get the newcomers fitted with rifles and go through shooting positions and basic range procedure as soon as possible. This will take place at ranges near the athlete’s homes in small groups of 3 or 4 at max. Generally the arrival of the athletes should be staged 15 min apart to allow for individual rifle fitting in accordance with the above general rules. A minimum of ½ a day should be scheduled to go over safety rules, and practice positions and shooting. Then lease out the rifles w/parents ok. We appear to be tight on numbers of beginning rifles [Anschutz bolt actions and Izmachs] so if a prospective athlete doesn’t appear to be participating fully, don’t issue a rifle. 
  • Specialized tests. Some have expressed interest in getting to Mt Itasca to do some of the testing that is normally done at the May or June camp like the hill climb and 11 km time trial. As there are no adequately safe facilities available for an overnight stay onsite, either schedule a couple of separate day trips or plan for lodging and meals on your own for an overnight. Schedule that with Vlad.
  • Day camps. We will encourage groups of up to 10 total, by reservation, to attend daylong camps around the state. The current usable range facilities are Duluth, Mt Itasca, Alexandria and Elk River. Nisswa is down to two shooting points at the new location. I will set up a schedule primarily on weekends for day camps around the state. Once a newcomer has been through the Novice indoctrination they are eligible for the day camps, so we need to accomplish that first. 
  • For those attending day camps:
  1. The camp will be no more than one day at a time
  2. Each athlete, coach and parent needs to bring their own food, a face mask and hand sanitizer. 
  3. Each person should have their own water supply along
  • Races. We have 4 races scheduled for Elk River, including one in June. We  have an issue with being able to roller ski out of the range due to a pipeline placement in the RR grade which is scheduled to be completed July 1st. Currently we are trying to arrange a race at Camp Ripley for June and perhaps some training days later in the summer there. We will keep everyone updated on that issue. Races can also be running or biking at any of the venues. In any event, they should be run as individual or small group time trials where the organizer is available for say 3 hours and the athletes are scheduled to come at ½ hr intervals in small groups. [Like 3 or 4 at 5:00, 3 or 4 at 5:30 etc] So primarily racing against the clock with start times spread out quite a bit. 

Hopefully this policy will not be needed later in the summer. At this point in time, USBA is planning the Vermont camp and races in August, but not guaranteeing base housing will be available. We will stay on top of both the MN statewide rulings and the status of the VT camp. If you plan to attend if possible, let me know so we can reserve space in the barracks if they are open. 

Bill Meyer, Vice Pres & Coach
MN Biathlon
21 May 2020

MN Biathlon Annual Membership

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Good Morning!

Attached please find the annual MN Biathlon Membership form for this training year. This is due each spring—US Biathlon membership is due in Oct each year.

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

Description of how to do Pushups for the PT Test

Audrey found this info online! Here is the pushup style for the physical fitness test. Send me your results!!

So the new strength test I am making up will be like this:

  1. Number of pushups in two minutes. Each pushup starts high and drops to the floor—lift your hands off the floor—then push back up. Rest only on top. –each counts 2 points
  2. Number of body weight squats to quads parallel with the ground in two min. No resting—each counts 1 point
  3. Number of pullups [hands facing away from you] in two min, can rest hanging. –each counts 3 points
  4. Number of dips on a chair [against a wall] in two min with upper arms parallel with the ground at the bottom. Feet on floor- straight legs – each counts 2 points
  5. Number of situps in 2 min with legs bent 90 deg but elbows touching knees at top—each counts 2 points. Can hook feet under a couch or have someone hold them down.

Bill Meyer, Coach

Equipment Maintenance, Training Plans and Scheduling

Good Morning!

I hope each of you and your families are well and safe! Strange times are upon us! The good news is there will be an end out ahead of us- sooner or later- where we get back to a more normal life!!

One of the things on your job list each spring should be equipment maintenance. Good time to get cracking….
– Skis—check them over, clean up any nicks on the edges, brush them out really well and put a protective layer of a med hard non-fluoro wax on them for the summer. Swix purple, Toko red, Start Purple all work good. Then next winter you normally can scrape it off and get out on the snow. If the ski bottoms look really dry, or turned gray after a half hour of skiing this past winter, or if they are chewed up from bad conditions, or if the grind is really coarse like most factory grinds, you should get them reground before next winter. Put some wax on them for now anyway. If the bottoms are really dirty, take a layer of hot wax off with a scraper while still melted, then cool, scrape again and put on your summer storage wax. On classicals, I like to put a Swix extra blue layer in the kick zone just to keep that area from drying out..
Poles—check them over, shafts, grips and straps. Length- I am seeing a lot of poles that are too long for skating. When standing on the floor with shoes on the pole strap where it comes out of the shaft should not be above your upper lip. 90% of your height in cm’s is a good check. If your poles are too long chances are you are not getting over your poles and simply sagging back behind them, even when you do plant them with a proper back angle. For classical I like mid shoulder..for flatter courses that are mostly double pole a bit longer is ok, but for hilly courses you still need to learn to stride up the hills instead of herringboning every little bump. Shorter poles help on uphills. Long poles can be cut down by removing the grips, cutting and replacing with hot glue. See below.
For most it is time to put on your summer ferrules with carbide tips for roller skiing. Use a heat gun or boiling water to get the winter baskets off, and apply some hot glue to the end of the shaft—heat it up a bit—then force the ferrule onto it with the point facing forward—away from the strap.
Boots—check them over—look for worn zippers etc, or loose soles. You might want to use them for roller skiing this summer and purchase some new when the sales are up. Last years models are just fine!!
Roller skis should be checked. Make sure the bindings are functional, that the wheels are not worn badly or unevenly, and replace as needed. Be sure to switch sides on the skis either half way around your workout or every other time you put them on. Occasionally switching wheels from front to back will help maintain life longer also. Do not try to work on technique on roller skis with squirrely wheels!!! They need to track in a straight line when gliding on one foot.
Rifles—either your own or a leased rifle you have in your possession. Clean it really well. Use the brass bore brush extensively. Take the action off the stock and tighten up the two screws that hold on the trigger group. Tighten the front sight barrel. Put a good coat of gun oil with a preservative on all metal parts. Then start dryfiring—100 shots a day!! Mix of prone and standing—get into a perfect position over and over..And wipe down the rifle with an oily cloth each time you dryfire! Our rifles are showing a lot of pitting on the exterior of the barrels.
If you have a leased rifle in your possession, as soon as the stay home order is lifted, you need to get it to one of the coaches.
I am putting together training plans for the older athletes [2nd or 3rd yr in biathlon]. If you need a plan, let me know along with how many hours you trained last training year. Our MN Biathlon training plan starts on Monday, 13 April. Between now and then you can start biking, roller skiing, running, doing some body strength and of course, dry-firing. Keep firmly in mind that biathlon and xc skiing, for that matter, are individual sports and you do not need organized practices all the time to train. You need to learn to do much of your training on your own…so now is a great time to learn that. You should have some dumbbells, maybe some strong bungees and a pull-up bar at home to help with strength workouts when we get started on the 13th. Scope out some good pavement for roller skiing, and safe routes to run and bike. Be sure to wear a helmet when you ski or bike!! Gloves will also help preserve the skin on your hands while roller skiing if you take a tumble. Don’t be bashful about wearing knee or elbow protection until you feel comfortable on roller skis..and you might want to consider a face mask if you are on a busy trail.

Our planned Spring Summer Fall schedule is posted on our webpage. That said, it is very likely, looking at the statistics and watching the news, that we will need to modify that in some way or another. I will try to keep you posted via this email list..so keep an eye on your email.

For now, get out the door at least once a day, watch some world cup races on the IBU webpage to get good mental images of good ski technique, and keep an eye on your email.

Enjoy the Journey—it is not always what you expect!
Bill Meyer, Coach
MNBiathlon

MNCup #7: Mt. Itasca, Coleraine – Sat, March 21, 2020 – CANCELLED

Hosted by Mt. Itasca Nordic Ski Association

In light of the current fight against the coronavirus, we coaches feel it is unwise to pull everyone together for the race.

Date:               Saturday March 21, 2020

Place:             Mt. Itasca, Coleraine

Race Format: Mass Start (PPSS)

Distance:       Women- 7.5k
                       Men – 10k
                       Novice race- 4k

Registration:   9:30 AM –  9:55 AM ( day registration only) 

Zero:              10:00 AM – 10:30AM

Race Start:    10:45 AM – Mass Start 

                      11:30 AM Novice safety instruction and practice

                      11:45 Start of Novice race

Cost:             $20 (cash or check payable to MINSA)

Questions?  call Vlad 218 256 8323   or e-mail cervenkv@gmail.com

MNCup #6 – Snowflake Biathlon & Novice Race – Sat, Mar 7, 2020 – RESULTS

Hosted by Duluth Biathlon and Snowflake Nordic Ski Center

MN Cup #6 — March 7, 2020 — Snowflake Nordic, Duluth

13K Mass Start

Place Group Place Name Age Category Time Back P P S S Total Notes
1 1 Warren Rosholt 25 SM 55:14 0:00 2 4 2 2 10
10km Mass Start
1 1 Connor Grant 15 B 50:32 0:00 2 3 5 1 11
2 1 Eric Anderson 13 B 54:04 03:32 3 2 0 2 7 PS/PS/PS/PS
3 1 Saylor Landrum 16 YW 57:09 06:37 2 2 4 3 11
4 1 Audry Lahammer 15 G 59:37 09:05 3 4 4 5 16
5 2 Teresa Bitzan 15 G 61:40 11:08 2 5 4 2 13
6 3 Sanny Gangi 15 G 62:54 12:22 2 2 3 3 10 Includes -30s adjustment for competitor crossfire
8 1 Ryan Gaalswyk N 63:06 12:34 0 0 4 0 4 PS/PS/PS/PS
7 4 Lucy Watson 15 G 64:12 13:40 3 1 2 1 7
9 2 Owen Fischer 15 B 67:52 17:20 3 4 0 5 12 PP/PP/PS/SS

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020

Location: Snowflake Nordic, 4348 Rice Lake Road, Duluth (one mile north of the intersection of the Rice Lake and Arrowhead Roads)

Race Format: Mass Start (PPSS)

Distance: B, G, YW, MW: 7.5 km; 

      YM, JW: 10 km;

      JM, SM, SW, MM: 12.5 km.

Registration: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Snowflake Nordic Chalet

Zero: 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM

Race Start: 11:00 AM, Mass Start

Cost: $15 (cash or check payable to John Gould)

Novice Race 

Safety Clinic and Practice Shooting at approx.:    12:30 PM

Race Start: 1:00 PM

Race Format:     Mass Start/ 5K (3 by 1.75 km), PP + penalty loop 

                           Classic or Skating

Cost:   $20 (cash or check payable to John Gould) Rifles and Ammunition Supplied by Duluth Biathlon. 

Awards Biathlon at approx.: 12:15 PM 

Questions? Call John Gould at 218-269-2854 

or e-mail: jgould1952@yahoo.com