Monday, June 21, 2010
Summer has arrived in northern Maine, bringing with it hot and humid conditions. Training has been going well and we are just finishing the first week of the 3rd training block of the year. This week was an intensity week, meaning hard training at high heart rates was the focus. The final had workout of the week was an 11k rollerski time trial. I was happy with my performance, despite being over a minute slower than last July. I believe this is a function of little time of rollerskis more than a disparity in fitness. In other (non training) news I will be heading a youth mountain bike night on Mondays here in Fort Kent. I’m really looking forward to this opportunity. Summer is rolling right along and I hope you are enjoying it as much as I am.
Monday, June 14, 2010
After my arrival on the 10th of June life has been pretty busy. I have moved into a MWSC house here in Fort Kent, and completed one set of rollerski intervals, two long bike rides, a strength session, and two accuracy shooting workouts. The highlight of these workouts was shooting off my front sight cover, which was a stupid mistake that will cost me about $100. That’s definitely the most expensive shot I’ve ever taken. Today is my day off for the week and the start of a new four week training cycle. This will be one of the toughest blocks of training I’ve done, and will hopefully be super fun as well. My teammate Ben Greenwald arrives on June 20th along with the rest of my stuff. We will have a great training group here for the year. Now all I’m waiting on is my mountain bike to arrive, when it does I will be able to ride the new skills trail at the 10th Mountain lodge. Pictures will be posted as soon as I can find my camera cable.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
It has been awhile since my last post and a lot has happened. In late March I raced at US Biathlon Nationals and took home a 1st place in the Pursuit and a 3rd place in the Mass Start. After nationals I was totally exhausted and settled in for the NCAA basketball tourney, which is really the only major sports event I follow other than skiing. During the numerous commercial breaks I had a lot of time to reflect on the season and think about next year. After a lot of thought I decided to commit to a full year of Biathlon training with the Maine Winter Sports Center. I am totally psyched to begin my year in Maine. After watching Butler lose in the championship (bummer) I pulled myself off the couch and back to training. After a few weeks of re-acquainting myself with biking and running the training year started for real on April 20th. Now I am nearly back to full on training and I am wrapping up high school. I graduate from Esko High School on June 4th and I head back out to Maine on June 10th. Look for regular and interesting (I hope) posts soon.