Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Winter Solstice

Skiing in the dark is awesome.





Both images required extensive modification in Photoshop.


Monday, December 20, 2010

Cabin Fever




Had to get out of the house. In spite of the cold, and in spite of my training plan, me and my roommate Elijah went for a run. Good times.

Now I love to make all of my posts as media rich as possible. In this case, I'm including a cell phone picture, and it makes me sad how seriously lacking the quality is. I guess I either need a new phone with a better camera, or a new camera that is ultra-portable. Anyone want to help out in that regard?

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Noram#1 Pursuit

I've got work early tomorrow morning, so it's time for a quick and dirty update.



It was an exciting and fun race today. The 12.5km Pursuit race has competitors starting in the position that they finished the previous day. 11 racers and 5 second gaps. Super tight race, and a lot of fun.




The first three racers, Robin Clegg, myself, and Jon Skinstad stacked up shortly after the start and skied the first lap closely together.





Coming in for the first shooting, we're still very close together.








Robin Clegg shows off his Olympic experience by shooting fast and clean, he's the first one out.





I finished shortly after with 1 miss. Jon Skinstad with 2 misses, and Joel Pacas, with 1 miss as well.






Me and my teammate, Joel Pacas, would spend the next 3 laps and 2 shootings skiing side-by-side, and going shot-for-shot in the range. On the last standing shooting, an second miss by me would leave me with one more penalty loop than Joel, giving him the win. A super tight race, and the unpredictability is what makes the sport so exciting.

Again, huge thanks to Sylvain Beaudry for taking pictures. He's a champ.

Now it's time for bed.



Men12.5 km. Finish
RnkBibNameClubPPSSTTime
11Robin CleggIndependent0021337:30.8
24Joel PacasCanmore Nordic11013+1:21.1
32Beau ThompsonCanmore Nordic11024+1:33.8
43Jon SkinstadCamrose Ski Club/Augustana24219+4:52.3
55Kai SkinstadCamrose Ski Club14128+6:24.0
66Douglas BernardUS National Guard12238+7:13.3
79Karl GranrothUS National Guard12227+7:41.1
87Andrew BusseUS National Guard14207+9:44.6
98Johnny ForwardCanmore Nordic534315+10:58.4
1010Elijah MacCullochIndependent23139+14:16.8
1111Konrad ThielUtah Nordic / USBA215513+14:20.3

Saturday, December 11, 2010

NorAm Cup #1/Calforex Cup #1


The first biathlon race of the season was today. A 10km Sprint format, it follows the Nordic Center's 3.3km loop. I gotta say, that loop is a killer. You spend a kilometer enjoying some rolling terrain and a delightful descent into the lowest elevation trails - then 2km hauling your butt out. What a climb.

It was an excellent race, though. The key to a successful race on the 3.3km loop is control. It's easy to go just a touch too hard at the beginning, and once you get into that slight energy deficit, it's impossible to recover during the rest of the climb - you end up slow and in a world of hurt.



Today I was able to stay disciplined and control my pace. This lead me a to a second place finish with a comfortable lead over the rest of the field. Tomorrow is a pursuit format, which means you start in the order you finish. Great starting position for what will hopefully be another great race.

Mad props to Sylvain Beaudry for coming out and taking pictures. It's sincerely appreciated.



Results
December 11th, 2010
Biathlon NorAm Cup #1/Calforex Cup #1

Men10 km. Finish
RnkBibNameClubPSTTime
13Robin CleggIndependent30329:53.3
211Beau ThompsonCanmore Nordic11230:44.7
31Jon SkinstadCamrose Ski Club/Augustana03331:44.4
46Joel PacasCanmore Nordic42632:36.4
57Kai SkinstadCamrose Ski Club21333:22.4
64Douglas BernardUS National Guard31434:17.9
710Andrew BusseUS National Guard11234:55.4
88Johnny ForwardCanmore Nordic52736:34.3
99Karl GranrothUS National Guard52736:48.4
102Elijah MacCullochIndependent41538:03.7
115Konrad ThielUtah Nordic / USBA23540:12.1

Monday, November 22, 2010

Absolutely phenominal conditions, in spite of the cold. I should start taking a camera. My cell phone doesn't cut it.



Kitty footprints!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Finally Winter

It's awesome to be training on snow again. Winter has arrived with some serious authority. Cold temperatures and precipitation makes for a happy skier!

After a couple weeks of training on a 700-meter loop, I'm super thankful for the recent dump of snow. Lots of open trails means those 3 hour ski sessions go by a lot quicker.

Won't be long before the race season will officially begin. I can't wait.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Time for a Haircut (And flexing in the mirror)


A full-time athlete can not afford superfluous expenses. I find it very hard to justify paying someone else to cut my hair.

I suppose my haircutting skills are not the greatest, especially when working in a mirror. Cleaning up the back of your neck is extremely difficult - I find it neccessary to use a second mirror.

Luckily, everyone is wearing toques this time of the year anyways.
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