Sunday 15th April
I am back working in internal
audit, at the same place as last year. On my first day I forgot
to shave or iron my shirt. But I am getting back into it now. The
office is quite near the British Olympic Medical Centre, which is
quite handy for sorting out the knee problem I have had since the
Greenland race a year ago.
The break from training has
really reminded me what I have to give up to do this biathlon: dinner
parties, theatre, cinema and just being like everyone else for a
while. If I could train properly in London (and afford it without
a job) then it would be possible to be to that extent 'normal' but
it's not possible to train, work and be sociable all at once - for
biathlon it's not possible even just to work and train decently.
But the fun is over now: tomorrow
I start training again. So I am eating a symbolic last tub of Ben
& Jerry's ice-cream, having just dined on a vast plate of roasted
sausages with duck gravy: delicious.
shooting training again: shot yesterday at Ash, and today at Hampton
Rifle Club. Finding it very hard going with my new stock (a Larsen,
with some custom modifications). Yesterday I was shooting with every
muscle in my body tense; today went much better. Shooting my usual
mouldy groups this morning, then at the end tried shrinking my foresight
(I have an adjustable foresight), and shot two groups of 5 rounds
touching. I always wondered why I couldn't do that, and perhaps I
have just found the answer.