A Day in the Life of…Lucie Charvátová

A Day in the Life of…Lucie Charvátová

The last 12 months have been pretty monumental for Lucie Charvátová. Last August, she won Super Sprint Gold and Sprint Silver medals at the IBU Summer Biathlon World Championships, followed by a stunning IBU WCH Sprint Bronze medal in Antholz and then completing her Masters Degree in Economics in June.

A Day in the Life of…Lucie Charvátová
A Day in the Life of…Lucie Charvátová

Lifetime Goal and a Lucky Day

She modestly commented on those accomplishments, “An education is my lifetime goal. I’m glad I could manage both sport and studying. It’s always better to keep the brain active between training and think about what to do in life as a non-athlete later…I had a lot of luck this winter. Sometimes I cannot believe it (Antholz Bronze), but I know everything is possible in biathlon. It was my lucky day and that is it. It was the best day in my life...”

A Day in the Life of…Lucie Charvátová

Home

Even with so many highlights in 10 months, Charvátová’s daily life remains on the same even keel: training camps, studies and precious time at her home Vrchlabí, in the Krkonoše Mountains. “I’m living here since childhood and proudly can say I know every path, stone and piece of moss.”

A Day in the Life of…Lucie Charvátová
A Day in the Life of…Lucie Charvátová

Sardinia; Team Travel Agent

She did allow herself one little excursion away from home a few weeks back; a very inexpensive trip to Sardinia. “I came home after a hard one-hour uphill rollerski test and was absolutely out of fuel. That afternoon, looking on the internet I found tickets to Sardinia for 10 Euros, each way. I asked my mom if she wanted to go, ordered the tickets and had two days to plan. It was very spontaneous! I am a good planner and very good with maps. I plan out the roads and trips, even point out some important sights or geography at training camps. Travel agent; that is my position on the team! So planning for this quick trip was a piece of cake!”

A Day in the Life of…Lucie Charvátová

Waffle Fan

After a couple of hard weeks in training camp, she just returned home a few days ago. “It is kind of a holiday but we still have to train…Sometimes it is more effort to be at home and do other things than only train, sleep, eat in camp. I get more rest at training camp. I am not so tired there. But I do enjoy my time at home.” Charvátová is up early between 7 and 8, heading out to training around 8:30 or 9, although, “I’m not definitely an early bird. My mornings are slow and lazy. Anyway, a tasty breakfast is a promising start of the day; waffles are my favourite. I usually put what we have in the fridge on them, yogurt, fruit or jam. Usually I do not have time to make them, so breakfast is usually bread with ham or honey.”

A Day in the Life of…Lucie Charvátová
A Day in the Life of…Lucie Charvátová

Running or Cycling

 A big part of her 10 hours of training this week was spent on foot. “I look forward to being home and just run into mountains like today...I really like running but I am not a good runner. I really enjoy mountain running on days like today when the weather is good. At least once a year it’s my unwritten duty to run to the highest mountain called Sněžka (1603 meters) which shares the border shared with Poland.” Still, this mountain-loving lady also “likes road cycling. Our team does a lot of roller skiing but the conditions here are not very good, because of the heavy traffic and rough asphalt; it is quite dangerous. That is why I prefer mountain running or cycling.”

A Day in the Life of…Lucie Charvátová

Working on Shooting

On the days when she needs to shoot, it is either a 50 km drive to Jablonec nad Nisou or a shorter trip to her home range at Jilemnice. “I’m not one of the best shooters, but I still work to improve. Especially when I’m in Jilemnice, everything is easier. I usually go twice a week for group training at Jablonec when we are out of camp. Marketa (Davidova), Jessica (Jislová) and Eva (Kristejn Puskarcikova) are there. Otherwise, I train mostly alone.”

A Day in the Life of…Lucie Charvátová

Lunch When the Church Bell Rings 12

After morning training, she is back home for “a jump into the swimming pool in the garden to cool down and a cool recovery!” This usually has to be quick. “There is an unwritten rule that lunch is at 12 o’clock when the church bell rings. If I am not home, it is better to call to say I am late and please wait with the lunch for me!”

A Day in the Life of…Lucie Charvátová

Relaxing; Painting

For most biathletes, the post-lunch ritual involves a nap. “After lunch there isn’t so much time. It’s always hectic when I come home from a training camp. Nap time isn’t my favorite. It’s not good when I meet a bed; I’m usually too weak to resist and I sleep too long.” Instead of napping the 27-year-old stays busy. “It’s always better to do something. I finished studying at university this spring, so there are no books right now. Finally I have some time for a creative work which I miss also because of sport. This picture isn’t any great art but I painted this Eiffel tower and it makes me more relaxed.”

A Day in the Life of…Lucie Charvátová

Lucie’s Coffee

Yet there is one afternoon ritual, known as “Lucie’s coffee...I got the cup as a present. In training camp, I have my hand grinder, grind my own beans and prepare the coffee with an AeroPress. Every afternoon, I spend 15 minutes to make my own coffee. Then I have better coffee than just putting hot water in the cup!”

A Day in the Life of…Lucie Charvátová

Home Remodeling Knack for the Most Expensive

After a quick coffee, the rest of Lucie’s afternoon was devoted to her home remodeling project. “I decided to renovate my new living space. I couldn’t imagine before how difficult it is to organize all the workers, plan, research and compare, decide, then order and pay for everything that I (beyond a doubt) need in my new flat. I like to buy good quality things but price is always a problem. I have this knack of always choosing the most expensive thing. I look at 10 things without prices, choose one and they always tell me it is the most expensive!”

A Day in the Life of…Lucie Charvátová

“Today there is an appointment in the kitchen studio one where I’m coming with sample of the floor to match up colours of the kitchen. The kitchen sketch is nice but the reality of four white damaged walls is just the opposite. Now I am getting packages every day. The sink arrived today...I hope to finish renovating at the end of summer.”

A Day in the Life of…Lucie Charvátová

Cycling with Daddy

“Planning my new living space takes more strength than training, so I made a short stop for an ice-cream, because I deserved it!” Putting the kitchen sketch and remodeling aside, it was time for another training session. “I went out with my dad for a short ride on my mountain bike and visited my one of the most beloved places: the Chapel of Saint Anna above Vrchlabí, where some magic exists (in my opinion!). There is a nice view down to the town and I usually regain all my lost strength.”

A Day in the Life of…Lucie Charvátová

Camping with Friends: Sunset

Training over and recharged, Charvátová left the comfort of home for an annual night of camping in the mountains. “This has been a strange summer not just because of the coronavirus, but because we had a lot of rainy days and maybe only five hot days. Anyway, we decided to sleep up in the mountains tonight like every year; just a sleeping bag, a mat, and some snacks. It’s always fun with friends. Tomorrow is a rest day, so it doesn’t matter that my bed at home is more comfortable...I am not really a camping fan; once year sleeping outside is enough for me.”

"The sunset is amazing. During the night weather changes as is typical in Krkonoše; I only can dream about the nice sunrise. On March 24, 1913, two friends froze the death during a cross-country race, when they started in short sleeves and didn’t finish. We sleep near their monument and realize how cruel our mountains can be.”

A Day in the Life of…Lucie Charvátová

As I said before, mornings aren’t my favorite...

Photos: IBU/ Petr Slavik, Lucie Charvátová

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