A Day in the Life of… Chloe Chevalier
The 2017-18 season was the most successful ever for 22-year old French biathlete Chloe Chevalier. Besides 5 IBU Cup podiums, French youngster took three individual medals at the 2018 IBU Open European Championships in Ridnaun. Moreover, in the women’s 15K individual and pursuit, she stood atop of the podium with Gold medals around her neck. Those results gave Chevalier great motivation now she is now training with the French National A team along with her older sister Anais.
For every biathlete, the off-season is a very important period in regards to preparation for the upcoming season. With dreams of future medals and podiums in the mind, athletes give their best, training hard and consistently. But at the same time, rest and recovery is also a crucial part of proper preparation. Chloe decided to share what she likes to do in her free time and tell about her day of life outside of training.
“During summer I don’t have too many rest days. So when I have one, I always try to spend time with my friends and do some other activities. I need to change my training routine to “recharge batteries” and just to keep the feeling that I’m a “normal person.” Chevalier admits that these kinds of days are very important to her because being with people she likes and doing things other than biathlon help her to relax. “I really like to brunch, have a drink with my friends, spend time with my family, cook…” And with a wide smile on her face, she adds, “But for sure, as every girl, I do also like to take time for myself: hairdresser, massage, spa... It is also quite important.”
Today is one of those rare days off when Chloe does not have to train, so in the morning she can allow herself to bask in the warmth of her bed for little longer. But still, rest day does not mean doing nothing, “After waking up at 8.30 and some cleaning of my flat, it’s time to study. I still have to pass one exam in July to finish my school year in sports sciences.” Each year, Chevalier goes to the University for 2 months (in April and May) and during the rest of the year, she studies in her free time. “I have been studying sports sciences for 4 years (I need 2 years to complete 1 school year) in Grenoble. We have a special class for sportsmen, and we have to go to school from April to June. During the rest of the year we can study at home, but if we need some help or take an exam, we can see a teacher.”
These studies fit perfectly with her practice because she can progress at her own pace, “It helps me a lot in my sports career but not really in my professional life. That is why I will start a new formation: bachelor’s degree in performance sports textile and footwear. It’s all in English, so I will start by learning English for one year.”
After some cleaning and studying it is time to go out and have some fun, “I took my car to go to Grenoble (it takes around 45 minutes from my home) for a girly afternoon: lunch and shopping with a friend. I love sauntering in town and shopping. Jewelry, clothes, shoes, home decor... all shops are good places to spend my money!” But shopping can also be tiring, so girls need a pause. “Now it is time for a small break on the terrace to enjoy the sun. I don’t really have the opportunity to take a tea time that often, so I taste an ice cream with a brownie. What a pleasure!”
Motivated and Ready
Chloe gave out a little secret and admits that she tries to have a rest day every 10 days, as it provides needed time for recovery and motivation to further hard work. “After spending a good time far from biathlon, I ended my day by stretching and drinking a tisane by watching TV before going to bed: motivated and ready for a new training day!”
Photos: Christian Manzoni, Chloe Chevalier