(1,800m). First time on snow since March; new snow on a grass base,
so rough tracks and rough technique making for a confidence-sapping
a classic session but it was far too warm for any of my waxes so
I just double-poled and bluffed.
to get back on snow, even if it doesn't feel as good as I remember.
Good to see some of the Brit biathlon team again. They think I have
been training hard all Summer and am going to be racing like a demon.
Little do they realise that I am a fat old has-been.
(700m). Great snow already, big long sessions, trying to sort my
technique out. Down in Traunstein it has rained a little and refrozen,
so there is great 'go anywhere' skatng on the fields. Spent an afternoon
towing a 3-year-old on a sledge: good for the legs.
difficulty getting my classic technique to come back (it always
takes longer than the skating). Consequently not able to get maximum
benefit from the high-intensity classic session I tried: a lesson
for next Winter.
Peter Moysey at his house near Wörgl: fantastic place to live
with the ski track 50 yards from his door. We skated for over 2
hours on perfect snow.
to watch the biathlon World Cup at Hochfilzen, did some video for
the Brit team and got a bit of gear from the traders: it looks like
a good life on the World Cup.
My first formal coaching job. The snow arrived 3 days ago and is
quite thin; the cold (-20°C) means that it will not melt, although
the wind blows it about and makes it uncomfortable to ski, and especially
to stand around with a video camera.
able to do any training of my own, but I did race in the time trials
we had at the end of the week, and felt reasonably good.
December-3 January 2000
Quite a cadre of Brit biathletes here for Christmas and New Year:
good to see a bit of keenness being displayed. I have my rifle with
me so am joining them for range sessions in the mornings. Trying
to work my classic skiing in the afternoons; the snow is such that
I use my Peltonnen Zeta microschuppe skis which feel great but are
really a cheat as they grip like roller-skis.
the local area championships in Eisenärzt, a 12km skate race
with mass start. Got an OK start, but lost track of what was happening
ahead of the guy I was immediately following, and by the time I
realised I was not with the lead group, they had gone... lessons,
session: tried a monster classic interval, but just could not get
enough grip to work hard. Very frustrating, and worrying at this
stage in the season. Is it bad wax, skis or technique? I did all
right in Norway on the same skis so I hope it is just that I am
getting the wax wrong; but I still need to sort that out before
the races start.