Sunday, April 7, 2013

2013 Done and Over

       I was going to whip up a long sad 2013 season review. I haven't really been in the mode for that lately. Who would be? I just recently finished my USBA season evaluation as well at the MWSC application. For some the MWSC application is a ticket into the program... For me, at this point, I like to think of it as the annual "Year I'm still around." essay. Since it more or less covers what could be a season review I thought I would share with you what I wrote. No pictures on this one, there were too many. That's of a later on the week kind of update. With out further adieu.

        Unfortunately I can't use last years application completely over again. The 2012 season was beyond expectations where as 2013 was far below. I can think of several potential reasons for the lack of success. There are also a lot of potential solutions to the reasons. Most of those are in the way of training and this application didn't ask about our training philosophy. There isn't much from this season that I can take away positively, but it did have it's moments. I haven't had the annual sit down meeting with Per or Armin but from what I can gather there isn't much in the way of changes from last year.  
        The only real significant change we're going to see next year is the pandemonium leading up to and during the Olympics. This sport functions in four year cycles and we're nearing the end of a cycle. If I were a betting man I would count on more changes coming after the 2014 season. These years usually see the least amounts of drastic turns. Camp schedule isn't official but looks almost spot on from last year. No A1 team for me this year, but the A2 team is invited to all of the camps. Training will take a few hits, but that's another story. I mentioned that I do care about my time spent in the county on my USBA season evaluation. The low weeks and at least one or two full training block will most likely be based out of the county. Similar to last year my preferences in training are the more the same than ever. I'm absolutely game for group intensities and time trials, provided the Per gives it the okay. Distance session are a different story. Those are the days I want to myself. With out any pro sport influence the culture of biathlon revolves around the Olympic cycle with less than a year out I don't plan on straying too from the set path I've been doing for 12 years
         If there is one thing I did well last season it was the coping with bad days. Looking back, I think it actually got better as the season went on, even when the results didn't get any better. If you see every day as another opportunity to come back from the off days then the head case issues that normally follow bad results are no longer an issue. It helps to vent and try to improve on what you did wrong, but beyond that the best move is to forget about it and work towards the next race. With poor ski speed this season I didn't have much to bargain with in terms of confidence building, so this new (or better polished version) way of thinking really helped me carry through the last trimester.  
        So the focus is still on getting to the top of that result list. “Thus far” I'm the only kid to come directly from the county and take the sport this seriously. Even when I'm not home that legacy is present. Sending that Stockholm kid to the Olympics sure would be pretty nice, wouldn't it? Sooner or later Per is going to get so restless he'll shoot me an email with some basics for next year. We'll probably go over the finer details in Bend. The camp dates and training/non training weeks will be laid out enough so that we can get a rough idea of when I'm going to be around. We've got less than a year to work with here. If I can get back on the form I was in for the second trimester of 2012 then life could take turn for the awesome!  

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