|August 2006, Jericho TT, 2nd, 80% 1,1|
Let's not forget about just making it to the time trial on time. I was staying in Presque Isle Saturday night. I woke up at six am Sunday morning. Zero didn't start until nine. That means means be at the venue in Fort Kent at 8:30. It takes an estimated 1:15 hours to make this trip up. Plus five minutes to compensate for who know's what. In this case it could be anything from picking up other athletes to dodging moose. I was on the ball Sunday morning and left just after seven. However, if there is a chance to car pool these days it a chance worth taking. So there I was waiting for the rest of the group in Stockholm. A few angry text were sent out to express how I felt about people being late for something this vital. The reasoning behind the frustration is all about preparation. Showing up to race too early can be problematic in it's own right. But being too early can't hold a candle to being late. 90 minutes to a couple of hours is adequate for a biathlon time trial. I might suggest more for a high caliber race such as a world cup due to the extra content of a race day.
Now why am I stressing all these things for a measly time trial? For an athlete a time trial is the closest thing to the real deal and isn't the real deal what setting goals and training is all about? This is why mental prep is a equally important as making it there on time with all of your gear in tact. Everything changes on race day. Everyone is stressed and more often than not we see teammates making their race day a foreign experience to any other normal training day. If you've been training well all year and done your homework this is not the change you want. You can reduce these changes by conditioning yourself to that race day mentality by, you guessed it, treating the time trial like an important race. This I am good at. Yesterday was big deal for me and I knew well before Sunday morning.
Yesterday was a sprint format. I felt tired as expected, but not necessarily as tired as I thought I would feel. We were late, but efficiency prevailed and I was zeroed, warmed up and ready to go on time. I missed my last shot in prone. I have no justified excuse for the miss. After four hits I thought for sure I had a clean stage in the bag. It's "one shot at a time" not a single stage. I missed another with standing. That put me at 80% for the day. Range times were slow but 80% is a good sign and only helps confirm my suspicions that my shooting is on a really good track. Ski speed was good. I have not seen my loop time but I'm interested to see where it is compared to the last time we did this exact format.
Every workout is valuable, but some are more than others. Time trials should never be taken lightly and I want to make this point very clear. I have two more on the plan before I head out to West Yellowstone. For the record the group that was coming all the way up from Presque Isle still made it to the lodge in Fort Kent before the group of athletes that actually live in Fort Kent. Coach Hubbard didn't think this was as cute as I did.
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