Sunday, October 30, 2011

Training anyone?

        Thought I would share the document that dictates most of day. This is the first week of the training plan that was emailed to me this morning. If you don't know what any of it means don't worry. I had to have the coach clarify some of it for me. This week has a double threshold session on Thursday. All of the hard sessions are incorporated with shooting. Next week and the week after are equally brutal. There is no rest for me anytime soon. Sunday's workout is the only one I'm looking forward to.   

Training plan Week 1 oct 31st-nov 6th

intensity level

shoot- tot % of HR

ing hours HR max
Mon morn dryfire with focus on triangle theory, breathing, aiming

AM 6*5 min + Impulse after outside*10 followed by 2 min threshold (30 + 20)
2 87-92 4+3

if possible with shooting100 100

PM maq / redcord
1 55-72 1

Tues Morn dryfire, focus on breathing

AM Tech spec combo
2 55-82 1+2

zero20, slowfire30 with focus on things to fix, 1xrealy16, 1xsprint10, 2xindividual40 116

PM Free
1.8 55-72 1

Wed morn

AM OD Xtraining
2 55-72 1


Thur Morn dryfire, focus on breathing, aiming, trigger, bolting

AM Combo DP/NP 4*4 (start DP/NP with impulse)
1.8 82-92 3

zero20, L3 8clips40, impulse20, L1 4clips20 100

PM 5*5 min normal (zero20, 5clips25 L3, 8 clips40 L1) 85 1.8 82-92 3

Fri morn dryfire, focus on 1st and 2nd phase

AM Run/skiwalk
2 55-72 1

PM Free
2 55-72 1

Sat Morn dryfire with focus on triangle theory, breathing, aiming

AM Impulse + Combo 8*8 min short rest
2 82-87 3

zero20; impulse40, L3 8clips40, standing on prone 20 120

PM circuit strength focus on core 6 stations with shooting
0.8 55-72 1

Sun Morn

AM off




Monday, October 24, 2011

Operation January

      December is out. I did not qualify for the December team. The one that started in Sweden. The one that I was very much looking forward to.Yeah that one. December is now considered an extension of my training season. There are limitless reasons to stay positive with this set back. And yet somehow after all these years a genuine fail still cuts to the core. It's that subconscious feeling that really puts a buzz kill on your day. So what dose one do about this. I do what I  do best: take a step back and find the best course of action to solve this problem. And that is where we get Operation January.
       The last race did not go so well in retro spec. Two misses in prone followed by two misses in standing is not world class. Skiing felt significantly harder than the first race. In all my knowledge of exercise phys I can't tell you why it was so much more difficult than the first race. After the race I went to go see Armin and concluded that performances like that were not acceptable on a consistent basis. If I want to compete at a high end caliber I'm going to need to be a better overall biathlete.
       Later on that day both Per, Armin, and I sat down and discussed what could be done to break out of this threshold. We looked at some numbers. Turns out the standing percentages were fine and ski speed is not my weak point. It all game down to prone. Solve prone and life will become significantly easier. This is not anything new. In fact I was able point out the fact that we have been running me through a cycle of ideas over and over for the past 10 years. One idea seems to work for about a month until the shine wears off and I go back to another idea that I've already tried once before. So this time we took a much closer look at it and decided to change my sight ring and breathing pattern. This isn't exactly new. The new component to this is how much closer we (the coaches and I) are going to monitor my shooting. It's a matter of pinpointing the problem. There's a litter more to it than just missing the target by the way. I'm feeling good about it and that never hurts.
        This is where the master plan comes into play. I have more time to work on these changes than originally counted on.  I'm home for a couple of more weeks minimal. It really depends on the snow conditions. If Placid gets enough snow I'll head over, other wise I'll stay in the county. Or maybe West Yellowstone. Who knows. Where ever the snow takes me I'll have plenty of time to work on upping the prone percentage; while still maintaining the stronger points of course. So once I do that (and I will) I'll go to Minnesota sometime mid December. I'll go there, do a few races and qualify for the January IBU cup team. After Christmas I'll go to Europe and race the IBU cups and work my way back up the ladder. And that's pretty much how Operation January is going to work.
       There's nothing I can do about the results of last week and August. I've been training to perform at best during the winter rather than the summer. Results and performances changed from one time of the year to the other. I can depend on the better end of that fact. Unfortunately I can not prove that until January comes around. And that is where I came up with the title for this post. This isn't the best way to start the season  and it's not going to be easy missing out on some awesome opportunities. What it is, is the way this sport works sometimes. Only one person can win. We don't know who that's going to be and that's why we have the races in the first place.  I just want to win a little more often. Is that too much to ask for?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

SP one

       Yesterday marked our first of two sprint time trials here at Soldier Hollow. This is an important race for me because it's an opportunity to qualify for the November team camp in Sweden.  I would be lying if I said I wasn't nervous. Some things you just want really bad.
       My primary reason  for the pre race nerves came mostly from some insecurities in shooting. Namely prone shooting. My weak point. I had a good feeling about standing and the energy level seemed high enough to warrant and strong ski time. To cope with the nervousness I focused on what I was going to have to do to hit the targets. This has been my routine for a while because the way I see it  if you follow the process you should have nothing to fear.
         I learned how to pace myself on the first loop. The Soldier Hollow loop in unique. There are grueling climbs that you can depend on and there are long downhills that you can depend on. I purposefully put myself in debt on the climbs because I knew I would have an adequate rest around the corner to compensate. Technique was my strong point of the race. The style is more efficient and smooth than ever. Actual ski speed was decent but still lacking that on snow peak season touch.
        I could have really used a clean stage somewhere in that race. I missed two in prone and one in standing.  I also took my time and did set any range time records. That was not my goal. My goal was to have a strong race. I was ready for shooting and stayed loyal to the process. There was not too much that I would have done differently, but rather more that I would have done better. The routine was right. Just not right enough.    
        To summaries the outcome in a couple of  words I would go with "decent... plus". It's almost like a grade. It was not good enough to make a top 60 in a WC. Was it good enough to make a team? There is no possible way to confirm that. Tomorrow is our second sprint time trial and even after that we won't know until they officially name the team. Of coarse none of that matters because It's all about the process anyway.

The attire of champions.