MN Cup #1 and #2 Cancelled

Good Morning,

As you probably are aware, the Governor yesterday extended the “pause” on youth and adult sports competitions until the 4th of Jan at the earliest. The COVID rates are simply not dropping enough to warrant a return to normal. Again, too many are not following the protocols that the health experts have laid out—so we all suffer!!

Accordingly, MN Cup #1 & #2 are cancelled. The Midwest Regional Races tentatively scheduled for the 2nd & 3rd of Jan will be rescheduled.

In addition, USBA announced this morning the the US Youth and Junior World Championship Team Trials have been cancelled. You can read the full announcement on the USBA webpage.

As they will be looking at regional results to make up the US teams, being prepared, well trained and racing in Jan will be doubly important!!

In the meantime, skiing at Mt Itasca is good, and there is a 1.5 km course that you can use to mark your progress!

It’s a long journey- and certainly not always easy!!
Bill Meyer, Coach
MNBiathlon

Interesting Links

One of our newest members, Ryan, found these two on line. With our newfound time again for most, it is worthwhile reading through the Coach’s doc especially for those in Coaching positions!!  Actually Art Stegen in NY, Marc Sheppard in West Yellowstone, and I collaborated on this about 10-15 yrs ago. There is a newer Coach’s document out by USBA, but this covers the basics like taking a shot and rifle fitting in more detail. Also note, since this was written, I have found a 4 week training cycle with an easier 2nd week works better than stepping up the load 3 weeks in a row then recovery. Kind of a mini recovery week in #2 and a bigger one in #4. The principles of load and recovery then supercompensation are still valid!! You won’t improve your fitness without that supercompensation!!  The youtube clip is interesting also!! 

Bill Meyer, Coach
MNBiathlon

I found a coaches handbook online from the USBA that I’ve been reading through, attached below. I’ve been enjoying learning about the technical aspects of the sport and it’s been helpful to mentally prepare myself for firing posture, sequence and cadence.
I also found a great video explaining how biathlon came to be. https://youtu.be/14NTlDvmzyc

Best wishes, Ryan

Daycamp and Races on Oct 31 and Nov 1

Good Morning Everyone-

First, both the daycamp and the race have capped numbers [20 and 25 respectively] and we are at or very close to the caps. If you want to go onto a waiting list, please get in touch with me.

As I checked the COVID statistics this morning, MN appears to be experiencing a big spike in both new positive cases and related deaths. We will need to watch this closely for the next two weeks.

Meanwhile, whether you are planning on coming to ER or not, but especially if you are, PLEASE be very careful over the next two weeks, wear your mask when indoors and social distance where possible. And wash wash wash. Keep your hands away from your face. Try really hard not to become a statistic!!!

You should also get your annual flu shot as soon as possible.

If we all take these precautions now, and no one comes to the end of the month events feeling under the weather, I think we can be pretty much assured we aren’t bringing the virus to the gatherings.

AT THE EVENTS, MASKS WILL BE REQUIRED UNLESS YOU ARE ON THE FIRING LINE OR SKIING. SOCIAL DISTANCE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. We will have extra rifle racks down at the firing line on Saturday and during zero on Sunday. All spectators, coaches, and officials should be masked at all times. Please spread out!

If these rules bother you, please stay home. No one should end up regretting they came sick and passed it on, or on the other hand, be concerned because someone else is trying to be macho!!!

Now, this morning we woke up to this:

It is too early to predict the weather two weeks out, but watch your email after next weekend. We may need to modify our plans. While roller skiing with a skim of snow on the ground is futile, running, hill bounding, and shooting all work fine.

In any case, be careful, be safe, and keep an eye on your email for updates!!

The best season of the year is on its way!!
Bill Meyer, Coach
MNBiathlon

Elk River Roller Ski Race – Sun, Sept. 20th, 2020 – PHOTOS

Photo set from Brian Wray from Sunday’s race: https://photo.wrocket.org/2020/september_elk_river_biathlon/
 
Feel free to forward as appropriate. Thanks again for coming!
 -Brian

Awesome pictures, Brian!! Thank you so much for doing that, along with starting, timing, signing and all the other things you do!!
Bill Meyer, Coach
MNBiathlon

Elk River Roller Ski Race – Sun, Sept. 20th, 2020 – RESULTS

Sponsored by Minnesota Biathlon and Twin Cities Biathlon
Sunday, September 20th, 2020
Woodland Trails Biathlon Range – Directions

11.4km

All / Group Racer Category Club Start Finish Time Back P P S S Total
1 / 1 Paul Schommer SM Moose 1:00 35:24 34:24 +0:00 2 3 2 1 8
2 / 1 Sam Stertz YM Mt. Itasca 1:20 38:51 37:31 +3:07 0 2 1 2 5
3 / 2 Matej Cervenka YM Mt. Itasca 2:00 41:51 39:51 +5:27 0 2 2 2 6
4 / 1 Ethan Livingston JM Maine/SS 3:00 44:46 41:46 +7:22 2 0 2 2 6
5 / 3 Edison Byrum YM Indiana 2:20 46:44 44:24 +10:00 1 2 2 3 8
6 / 4 Logan Jenson YM NNW 2:40 49:05 46:25 +12:01 2 2 2 2 8


9.3km

All / Group Racer Category Club Start Finish Time Back P P S S Total Notes
1 / 1 Emma Stertz JW MI/SS 4:20 39:43 35:23 +0:00 1 0 0 2 3
2 / 1 Ryker Bosek U17M Wolfpack 3:20 39:38 36:18 +0:55 1 1 3 2 7 Given 30s time credit for range issue
3 / 2 Cheresa Bouley JW Twin Cities 3:40 40:37 36:57 +1:34 2 4 2 1 9
4 / 1 Greg Pattison MM Wisconsin Biathlon 5:20 42:51 37:31 +2:08 1 2 0 1 4
5 / 1 Kaisa Bosek YW Wolfpack 6:00 46:35 40:35 +5:12 1 3 0 2 6
6 / 2 Matthew Broderson U17M Twin Cities 4:40 45:37 40:57 +5:34 4 3 2 4 13
7 / 1 Saylor Landrum U17W 5:00 45:58 40:58 +5:35 3 1 3 1 8
8 / 2 Lauren Huber U17W Wolfpack 7:20 50:49 43:29 +8:06 3 1 5 4 13
9 / 3 Audrey Lahammer U17W Bluff 6:20 49:50 43:30 +8:07 2 3 2 5 12 Cross-fired last shooting.
10 / 2 Kevin Ousdigian MM Twin Cities 5:40 49:54 44:14 +8:51 4 4 4 2 14
11 / 3 Noah Besemann U17M Twin Cities 4:00 48:41 44:41 +9:18 3 1 4 5 13
12 / 3 Keith Kranz MM 7:00 58:44 51:44 +16:21 2 2 5 1 10
13 / 4 Owen Fischer U17M Duluth 7:40 1:04:33 56:53 +21:30 4 4 3 4 15


7.1km

All / Group Racer Category Club Start Finish Time Back P P S S Total Notes
1 / 1 Jack Cashman U15M Bluff 8:00 41:39 33:39 +0:00 2 1 1 2 6 Shot PPPS
2 / 1 Linnea Ousdigian U15W Twin Cities 8:20 48:10 39:50 +6:11 4 4 3 2 13 Shot PPPS
3 / 2 Selah Binsfeld U15W Twin Cities 8:40 53:59 45:19 +11:40 3 3 1 3 10 Shot PPPP; third shooting on standing targets.

Online Registration: https://forms.gle/rYjS66BdZufCB7JH8

Y/J/S Men – 11.4km
All Others* – 9.3km

20 second interval start
5 loops, 4 shooting stages, PPSS.

*Younger/novice race categories may have a shorter race depending on coach/athlete decision.

Registration @ 9:30 AM
Please have your paperwork filled out beforehand or sign up online.

Zero @ 10:00 AM
Race Start @ 11:00 AM

$10 / racer

Cash or check made out to Minnesota Biathlon.

Racing?

Contact Bill Meyer at ​wmeyer@nisswa.net,​ or sign-up online (save some paper!) at https://forms.gle/rYjS66BdZufCB7JH8

Interested in volunteering, or have other questions?

Contact Brian at ​brian@minnesotabiathlon.com​ or 651-366-2952

Keep Everybody Healthy!

We ask all participants and spectators to bring, and wear, a face covering, and to maintain personal space at the range area. Athletes may take theirs off for zero and racing.

Late August Schedule & Camp Ripley training/racing day Saturday, Aug 22, 2020

Please sign up for events you want to participate in—just drop Tara, Lynda or Bill a note. Particularly note the Camp Ripley events on the 22nd of August. I think this is a rare opportunity to use that facility!!

17-Aug 20-Aug 21-Aug 22-Aug 22-Aug 22-Aug
Monday Thursday Fri Pm Saturday AM Saturday PM Saturday race
Elk River Elk River Elk River CAMP RIPLEY CAMP RIPLEY CAMP RIPLEY
6:30-8:30 9:30-11:30  Work party to install new plates 9:00-12:30 2:00-4:00 5:00 ZERO
Practice Practice noon to ??
Kaisa Saylor
Ryker Chad
Saylor Marcus
Cheresa
Joey
Bill Tara Chad/Lynda Derek/Bill Derek/Bill Derek/Bill