Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
A big thank you to the Prince George Rod and Gun Club for their generosity this season. They gave $550, which will help me in achieving my goals this season and covering the $3200 team fee for 2010 World Junior Championships in Torsby, Sweden. I encounter thousands of dollars of expenses each season, so every dollar goes a long way. I appreciate their support! Check the PGRGC homepage out at www.pgrgclub.ca.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
On October 15th coach iLmar Heinicke decided to cut the Switzerland camp short and move to Klingenthal, Germany. It was getting hard to roller ski in Switzerland, with snow blowing onto the track, but not nearly enough to ski. In East Germany, they had received an unexpected snow dump, and in places there was enough to groom and ski. We skied three days in Klingenthal, and four days in Oberweisenthal. In Klingenthal we only had the option to ski on a 3km cross country track, but Oberweisenthal had a five km loop and the opportunity to shoot. We had perfect conditions! We shot on the range three days, and the skiing was amazing. On the last two days, it was -5⁰C and bright sun. It felt like February rather than October 18th.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
We spent the last nine days in oberhof, skiing in the ski arena. The snow hall had a 2 km horse-shoe loop that i skied about 250 km on. It wasn’t action packed, but it provided awesome training, and perfect, consistent conditions. The hall was maintained at minus four degrees and groomed daily. You couldn’t ask for better fall training conditions, especially in September.
For the remainder of the European camp, we moved to Antermatt, Switzerland in the heart of the Alps. October 11th was the first day of training, and the conditions were a big change from oberhof. We went from 15⁰C and shooting in an indoor shooting range to -6⁰C and 30km winds in Switzerland. It was a hard adjustment, but reminded me that biathlon is an outdoor sport.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
For the next four weeks ill be continueing my training camp in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. The first race of the camp began in Altenburg, Germany with German National Summer Biathlon Championships (septmeber 19th-20th). I was racing in the senior category against some of Germany’s top biathlon celebrities. In the Saturday 10km sprint, I finished 3:10 behind World Champion Christoph Stephen (Germany). I started the 12.5km pursuit in 22nd place (3:10 behind the leader) and finished the weekend in 19th place.
Immediately after German Champs the BC Biathlon High Performance Team travelled to Oberholf, Germany for Summer Running Biathlon World Championships. In the first 4km sprint competition I finished in 20th position (out of 46 junior competitors) 1:17 behind the leader. I had a clean prone shooting (5 for 5) but had four misses standing! I was motivated for improvement the next day. In Sunday’s 6km Pursuit competition, I cleaned my first two prone shootings, moving into 8th for the first standing. I finished with 5 total misses (15/20) and in 13th position. I was happy with a top 15 result at a world championships, but knew I was still capable of a better performance.
This weekend was World Summer Rollerski Biathlon Championships. I had two average races with good skiing and bad shooting. I finished the 10km sprint just inside the top 30, 3 minutes 45 seconds behind the leader. I had the 18th fastest ski time, which i was happy about and was less than a minute from a top 20. In the 12.5km pursuit on Sunday I finish 32nd overall, with 17th fastest ski time and again poor shooting. I finished the week very motivated to improve my shooting, and happy to see that my ski times were competitive with the leaders.
Tomorrow is off and starting on Tuesday, we start a nine day ski camp in Oberholf Germany, where we will be skiing in a man made snow tunnel. I’m excited to continue the camp, and look forward to an awesome next four weeks!
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Biathlon BC along with Galileo Coffey, CE Communications Limited, CE Corporate Electric Limited, Corsa Cycles, and SRB Rollerskis(www.ski-roller.de) put on a 1080km rollerski trip from Canmore to the Whistler Olympic park. The entire distance was covered in 5 days and divided between 8 athletes. The entire trip, we were followed by a support car, and often had TV Stations working beside. The trip was a very unique experience to rollerski parts of BC that we would never beable to, without the help of coaches (iLmar Hienicke) and team staff Daniel Giroux. The trip was important for putting in long slow base hours, essential for the summer training leading into the fall.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
In light of the 2010 Winter Olympics, the provincial Biathlon BC team will be participating in a rollerski trek from Canmore Alberta, to the Whistler olympic Park. The Tour is set to start on July 12th and run until the 16th when the team will arrive at the 2010 Olympic Biathlon venue. There will be 8 athletes rotating in turn, rollerskiing continuous over the 1000 km journey. The idea of the trip is to promote the sport and to bring the Olympic spirit from the 1988 Winter Olympic site, to the 2010 Whistler Park. The trip will be sponsored by the German company SRB Rollerskis, as well as the German TV network Deutsche Welle, local coffee shop Galileo Coffee, squamish bike store Corsa Cycles, and local GM Dealer Greg Gardner. If you are interested, support is still needed.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
I returned Monday from a five day bike camp through Okanagan (southern BC). The camp was hosted by Biathlon BC and included athletes from the High Performance program and development squad. The tour covered 800km over five days including Silverstar mountain, Apex mountain, and the Penticton Ironman course. After four days of sun and +30 C temperature, the only rain was on the final decent into Pentiction on the final day.
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
My season officially started last weekend with a four day snow camp in Silver Star (Vernon BC) with the Foothills Nordic Ski Club. The training camp was a really exciting way to start the year, with four days of awesome snow conditions, and almost all sunshine! Directly after, I joined my coach in Squamish, for the yearly training at the Whistler Olympic Park. We are putting in lots of long hours, building an aerobic base and a solid shooting position to improve on for the rest of the year. It also feels good to be back home in Squamish and I’m extremely excited to be back into full training. I am looking forward to the upcoming spring training!
Friday, May 1, 2009
I would also like to thank the following individuals who have all demonstrated their commitment to sport in Canada.
David Regnier Bourque (www.devinci.com)
Stephane Cyr (Sport G.S. Inc)
Daniel Giroux (www.flex-art-studio.com)