|A panoramic view of the air rifle range in Val Cartier, Quebec|
After rearranging transportation, housing and coaching because of all the changes, we finally had everything figured out by Wednesday night. And that was when they opened the air rifle categories again. In the end everything worked out and all the kids were able to come and have a real international biathlon race experience. What I gathered from my observations is this: a. they all had fun racing, b. none of them liked the fact that most people spoke French, even though most of these kids have been in French class since second grade! c. traveling with prepubescent boys make everything more interesting.
|Gannon French-Terrien starting strong in the sprint biathlon race|
Despite some interesting grooming techniques, course marking and the very winter like weather we endured through the weekend, the races went on without too much trouble. Going into the weekend I was a little nervous about how I was going to get myself around the hilly course on my very tired legs. The eight inches of mashed potato snow on Saturday was definitely not what I was looking for, but I survived. After missing three targets on Saturday I wound up six seconds out of third place. Sunday's pursuit race took us up a long climb for the first half of the course and mostly down for the second half, which we completed five times around. Tired, I still managed to throw everything I could out onto the course. I finished third and was happy to be back on the podium.
Having made it through the weekend, my body is now demanding a little bit of rest. A day off, followed by a long classic ski yesterday leaves me feeling a bit more recovered. One more easy day and I think I'll be ready to put a little more marathon training time in.
|Anya O'meara of New Sweden, ME, cleaned, (hit all her targets), in her first biathlon race ever!|
She was also the youngest competitor there! Hats off to Anya!
|Standing on the podium with my Canadian competitors after the pursuit race on Sunday.|
|The timing crew at the Presque Isle High School meet Tuesday afternoon. |
My tired body was glad that I was helping out and not racing. Although, timing is not always easy.
It's hard work staying warm when you aren't moving around on skis!