Between 19 and 22 athletes participated over the 5 days of camp at Mt Itasca. Accuracy, range procedure, combination training, games and a cross biathlon race on the shooting side; specific strength, distance work, agility on roller skis, video and an 11 km time trial on the ski side. Results will be posted in a few days.
In Excel format attached please find the cumulated results for the camp testing. For those who have attended before, you should find comparable results under 2018 or 2017 by scrolling back . Many of the results are directly comparable—like the hill climb and the time trial on roller skis. The summer race is not.
Also please find the results of the 10 + 10 contest for a brick of ammo. I think the outcome has probably been decided, but not too late to lay down an awesome test!!
As to the 1st part of the June camp—really good work, EVERYONE!! Now hope to see you tomorrow in Elk River—but in any case—keep up the training! Skiing and shooting are the key elements—and then putting them together in the races coming up! The first ER roller ski biathlon will be on Thursday, July 18th!! I would like to see most of you attend!
Enjoy the recovery day Bill Meyer, Coach MNBiathlon
10 ring 50 meter paper-2 targets See links at the bottom for an example. [Note: if you print off one of the enclosed—be sure the black diameter =112.5 mm..not the normal metal opening of 115.0 mm. These are break-line targets while the metal is designed to fall with 1/2 a bullet in the black from a split round on the rim.]
2 magazines prone on one and 2 standing on the other. 5 shots each time in position [not one shot drills] Step off the shooting mat between magazines.
After zeroing only the athlete can scope the target between magazines and make their own corrections. Coaches can not give corrections after zeroing.
You can not scope each shot—only between magazines
If the shot breaks the line it counts up
All rings count—even those outside biathlon hits
You can do this on any 50 meter range, but specify if it is indoors.
You can send your results to me either as a score from your coach or take a pic of the two targets and send me that and I will score. Once you send in the first one—only send me more if you score a new PR for the Month!! I would like the score sent in to be in the format of P+S=T. That way we can see how you are progressing in each position.
I will have a spread sheet set up and enter your score. At the end of June we will again look at your best 10+10 shot target for the month of June. We will add the two best scores [May + June] together and the winner from MN or WI will get a brick of ammo compliments of MN Biathlon! We have already had requests from WI to have their shooters entered in the contest, so MN, get dialed in!!
If this goes well, we will likely have another contest in July and August with a test on paper involving range procedure.
This morning we groomed the race loops at the Nisswa range. Really worked up better than I expected. We will touch them up on Saturday am also.
There are a few windblown areas with some grass showing and the windy days brought down some pine needles on the camel humps..but otherwise should be great skiing! These courses will reward quick technique transitions, and good cornering skills. The snow will be cold with some ice mixed in—so really fast. Temps are forecast in the low 20’s.
I will send out a start list on Saturday for the Sprint. It will be randomly selected; while the following Pursuit format at 10 sec start intervals will be in the order of finish from the Sprint. Eleven athletes so far are planning on starting.