A day in the Life of... Nadine Horchler
Nadine Horchler started doing biathlon when she was 12 years old and now, many years later, she is still passionate about her favorite sport. She loves biathlon and despite some downs she had during a career, the German fights for her dreams and moves her own way.
Morning Starts with Coffee
After a high school, Nadine moved to a small German city Mittenwald, in Bavaria, where she lives up to now, still enjoying training in the spectacular sceneries around. Except for activities in beautiful nature, Nadine also loves good coffee, so no wonder that her usual training day starts with this aromatic and invigorating drink, “My morning begins at 6.00 a.m. with breakfast and, of course, a cup of tasty coffee, which helps to start the day. Normally, the morning training consists of shooting and rollerskis, but today it will be uphill rollerskiing.“
“At 7:50 am we meet in Grainau (near Garmisch-Partenkirchen). We start early so that we can avoid the traffic a bit. On today’s schedule we have 4x rollerskis uphill and also 2x classic, 2x skating to the Eibsee in beautiful autumn weather. After the ascent runs to the top, we jog loosely around the Eibsee, sighting amazing views of Zugspitze and Alpspitze.“
As soon as the first session is over, it is time to go back home for some food and rest, “After the training, I go home for lunch and a small break. It is time to relax, write emails or sometimes to do physiotherapy. Before heading to the second training, I’m taking a cup of delicious espresso to get active. We continue at 15:00 with a shooting program in Kaltenbrunn and afterward, it is time for a run at my local mountain in Mittenwald. From Kranzberg-Top you can see Mittenwald and the beautiful surrounding mountains both in summer and winter. It is very beautiful there.“
Nadine likes the nature in her hometown and really enjoys training there, “I love the surroundings of Mittenwald. I can do everything from home: mountain biking, hiking, jogging, cycling, skiing… and all these with a great view of the mountains and beautiful lakes. This autumn, for the past few years, is the most beautiful, warmest and sunniest I have had for training. I really relish the time with such beautiful autumn colours and sunshine.“
When the second work out is over, Nadine does not have time to relax as there is something else important on her schedule, “In the evening, after dinner, there are two hours of learning for my psychology study. In 2015 I graduated as a natural healing practitioner in psychotherapy (Heilpraktikerin für Psychotherapie). I am very interested in the therapeutic field and I also completed an internship in this field. In October I started my bachelor studies in psychology in the first semester and one of my exams was just a few days ago.“
“If during the week I have to be in college for a day, it means that I’ll do training on Sunday. Now, besides preparation for the season, I try to take as many exams as possible and then make up the remaining ones after the season. So apart from training, there is a lot to do, but at the same time, it is also a good distraction from the sport. Both things give me pleasure and after my active sports career I plan to study full-time.“
It is 22:30 on the clock and Nadine‘s day is about to finish. Before falling asleep, she sets up the plans for the next days as well as the goals for the upcoming season, her last season in career.
“It is planned that this will be my last season, so I really want to enjoy it and just have a lot of fun after so many years in biathlon. At the same time, I would like to achieve good results, and competing at the World Cup venues, would be a big dream and main wish for the last season.”
A few years ago the German took her first-ever World Cup win in the mass start at the stadium where she also achieved her best WC results – in Antholz. With this Italian Biathlon Mekka hosting the IBU World Championships 2020, no doubt Horchler will put all her efforts to be there as well and show her best at that lucky venue one last time.
Photos: Schlüsselmoment, Nadine Horchler, IBU/Christian Manzoni