So the old blog has been a little neglected lately. I did have a few newer posts on the Team USA site but I was having some trouble with this blog so they were never posted here. Now that I have my excuses out of the way, I am ready to get this blog rolling again for the 2014/2015 season!
Besides a quick trip to Bend, Oregon, I decided to spend more time in Lake Placid this summer. I felt that I needed a little break from my normal travel schedule. Last year I spent about 7 months on the road, so it has been a welcomed break to stay put for a few months.
Lake Placid offers some of the best training opportunities in the country so it is no problem to be home for longer periods of time. Besides changing up my travel schedule, I have also made some significant changes to my training plan for this season. After eight years on a very similar training plan, my coach and I decided that I needed some changes. I have been interested in making some of these adjustments for the past few seasons but I was not willing to stray too far from a plan that had worked so well for me. This year we have re-structured the types of intensity workouts and the frequency that I complete them. So far it seems to be going well. At the very least it has been great to mix things up a bit.
This year I will also be using a new rifle stock. This is perhaps the biggest change of all for me this year, after I used my previous stock for the last four years. I had not planned on changing stocks this season but I ended up breaking mine three times last year. After the third break, which occurred from just putting the rifle on my back, I decided it was time for change. The new stock has been a fun and motivating project for me. It definitely forced me to take a closer look at my positions and make some changes.
I will be home for another two weeks of training and then I am off to Norway and Sweden for training camp. While I am in Norway I will also be competing in the Blink festival. This will be a great opportunity to race against some of the best guys in both biathlon and cross country.
Thanks for checking in after my lengthy layoff!