May 1: Unofficial Start of the New Training Season
As the calendar rolled over from April 30 to May 1, many biathletes moved into training mode after more than a month of relaxation and holiday time.
This year, May 1 was the unofficial start-up day for the new training season. Even though a few people are still enjoying their last days of holiday time, the roads and running trails suddenly got a lot busier last Monday as biathletes started getting ready for the new season and the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic Winter Games.
Belarus and USA Team Camps
The first weeks of training as usual are mostly a period of self-training, getting the body moving on a regular basis, starting to build the aerobic base and maybe stepping into the gym for some weight and flexibility work. On the other side, the Belarusian women and the US Biathlon Teams both opened the month with group training camps at Raubichi and Lake Placid, respectively. Nadezhda Pisareva snapped a shot of her dog atop her travel bag as she prepared to go to Minsk, “Ready for the first camp!”
US Women’s Coach Jonne Kähkönen commented at the outdoor, covered shooting range. “Countdown to the Olympics has begun; 282 days.” Tim Burke added with his photo, “It begins. #Olympic season.” Susan Dunklee on her way from Vermont noted from the ferry as she crossed Lake Champlain, “Back at it. The first of many journeys this summer to Lake Placid for training camps.”
Cycling: A Kiss and Beautiful Weather
Scanning through social media postings, filled with sunshine and smile emojis, there is no doubt that the preferred first training session was astride a road bike. Whether it was in Poland, Germany, Slovakia, Spain or snowy Sweden, there were a lot of smiles on this first day of cycling. Weronika Nowakowska, returning after the birth of her twin boys started the cloudy cool day with a kiss and the boys asleep in the stroller, “Last kiss from the guys; off for training.” Her teammate Krystyna Guzik in southern Poland cycled with her husband Grzegorz on a sunny day. “Finally beautiful weather ; need to use it. Time to dust off the bike and hit the road ." Victoria Padial Hernandez had some equally beautiful weather plus some nice spring flowers on her first day on the roads of Spain. "I started doing the same thing…Working #roadtoPyeongchang back to the workout routine and healthier habits .”
Horse and E-bikes
IBU Rookie of the Year Sebastian Samuelsson had some sunshine but it was obviously chilly as he cycled down an almost deserted road near Sollefteå commenting, “Inaugurating the new training season.” Paulina Fialkova started her season with a huge smile before setting out for that first big ride. “Cycling season has begun . Especially in the beginning of training, for me this horse is very a good alternative for cardio training.” The sun was shining in Germany, against a backdrop of the snow-capped Bavarian Alps, Vanessa Hinz commented as she stood behind several E-bikes, “No chance against these machines. # Readyfortomorrowfranzi(Preuss).” Her teammates Denise Hermann and Maren Hammerschmidt were also touring in Bavaria under the theme, “Seasonstart #back to business.” While the German women were out on the roads, Simon Schempp was out on the running trail for his May 1 excursion, commenting, “Let’s start the engine! ”
Running and Refueling
Sochi OWG Pursuit Bronze medalist Teja Gregorin kicked off the training season at home, dry firing and looking in the direction of her fourth Olympic Winter Games. “Preparations for the very important Olympic season started.” In Canmore where the thermometer dipped to minus 4C on May 1, Rosanna Crawford was thinking about the importance of nutrition during training and competition, posting a photo of her favorite energy bars. “May 1st, you know what that means #skiersnewyear #282days to Pyeongchang Ready to fuel the training season.”
Thailand, Mauritius, and Cuba
Of course not everyone started their new season on May 1. A few people were still enjoying the final days of their holidays. Three in particular were in tropical locations. Kaisa Mäkäräinen was in scuba gear 12 meters below the jade green waters of Thailand. “When snorkeling is not enough thanks for taking into water safely.” Dorothea Wierer sporting very conservative black sunglasses and a good tan was relaxing on a lounger in Mauritius with a basic no comment other than a series of sunshine emojis. On the other side of the world, her teammate Federica Sanfilippo was looking out at the blue Caribbean Sea in Cuba. “Paradise,” while adding a thumbs up emoji.
That is how the new season started on May 1; the beginning of the hard work and the end of holidays on the beach.