Wednesday Social Wrap

Wednesday Social Wrap

July has come and this means that winter season is much closer than you can imagine. A true fact if you are not a biathlete: they know the BMW IBU World Cup opener in Oestersund is not as far away as it may look, so their training is entering a crucial phase. Long sessions, cycling, running, ski rolls and shooting are all alternating in their daily routine, but one thing is in common: they are all pushing really hard to be better than ever before.

​Good Old Favourite: Cycling

Sky is the limit when it comes to cycling tours for our athletes. Not just for length and effort put in their long days running a bike, but because sometimes they really climb so high that little is left on top of their heads!

But if Passo dello Stelvio is a classic climb, so is the "Maratona Dles Dolomites", which consists of 138km and 4230m of vertical drop! Nothing that the Italian duo Dorothea Wierer - Lisa Vittozzi cannot manage! (Giuseppe Montello also with them, though the photos come from alpine skier Mattia Casse)

It is also quite clear that cycling is not just an Italian thing and you will find plenty biathletes hitting the road of their back-country, just like Johannes Kuehn did reaching the pretty spot of Mondsee, near Salzburg.

​Rock'n'Roll...ers

Yes, it's that time of the year when athletes start pushing their way up hard climbs and demanding tracks with their ski rolls. Asphalt might not be as soft and white as snow, but it's a good substitute.

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Push "play" and follow me in uphill interval training in Switzerland! 🌄 Full video on IG TV! 📺 Spied "play'' un pievienojies man 29. jūnija 3. zonas treniņā Šveicē! 🌄 Treniņā tiek izmantots kalnu serpentīns kāpumā no 1390 m līdz 2014 m v.j.l., braucot kalnu 2 reizes un kopumā 4x mērot laktāta jeb pienskābes līmeni asinīs.🔍 Nav ne jausmas par ko es runāju un kāpēc šāds treniņš ir nepieciešams? ⬇️ 🏃‍♀️Pavisam vienkāršotā izpratnē ir treniņu temps (1. un 2. zona) un sacensību temps (4. un 5. zona) un šim pa vidu paliek jauktā 3. zona, kas intensitātes ziņā būs pa vidu. ❤ Šīs zonas tiek noteiktas vadoties pēc maksimālā pulsa, intensitātes un laktāta jeb pienskābes līmeņa asinīs. Manā gadījumā ikdienas treniņi notiek līdz ~165 sitienu lielam pulsam un sacensību vidējais pulss ir ~175, ar maksimālo pulsu 190-195 sitieni. 📖 Neliela atkāpe tiem, kas saprot nedaudz vairāk, darbs „trešajā zonā” būs līdz anaerobajam slieksnim, laktāta līmenim nepārsniedzot ~3,5 mmol/l. 🤷‍♀️ Kāpēc ir svarīgs laktāta līmenis asinīs? Jo lielāks būs šis rādītājs, jo sagurušāki un darbnespējīgāki būs mūsu muskuļi, līdz ar to, tu vairs nespēsi būt pietiekami ātrs un konkurētspējīgs! 📈 Ilgtermiņā un pakāpeniski trenējoties šīs zonas ir iespējams izmaninīt un mūsu mērķis strādājot 3. zonā ir to attīstīt tik tālu, lai tā sasniegtu vidējo sacensību pulsu. Līdz ar to es arī sacensībās varu ilgāk turēties nosacītā „komforta” zonā un braukt konkurētspējīgā tempā, nenogurstot tik ātri kā citi konkurenti, saglabājot savus muskuļus „svaigus” un tikai nepieciešamajos momentos un pēdējā aplī iebraucot „sarkanajā zonā”, no kuras muskuļi un pats sportists vairs nav spējīgs pietiekami ātri atjaunoties. 🤯 Ceru, ka izdevās pietiekami vienkāršoti izskaidrot un kā redzat, jau vairāku gadu garumā pakāpeniski strādājot man „trešā zona” vairs nav pastaiga un ir jau tuvu maksimālajam tempam. Uz jaunām virsotnēm, Baiba

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But when you are back at it, not always things go for the better... worst if it happens when you are filming in slow-mo; isn't it, Benjamin?

​Nothing Beats a Good Run

Didn't your highschool teacher tell you that there is no exercise that compares to running? It may sound old school, but you cannot but feel that all your body has worked hard after a good run and your mind is in a better place... sure, it does help when the backdrops are the stunning Romanian Carpathians or the snowy peaks of Austria, but this is another story.

​Don't They Ever Get Tired?

Of course they do too! Resting is also a big part of training and knowing when to stop for a break and give your body enough time to recover is key too.

Also to allow yourself some time to enjoy something you would not do normally.

​It's OK not to Be a Winner

In the end, we should always remember that. All the hard work, dedication and passion are a way to satisfy ourselves and our needs, a way to get better and follow our dreams, but there is always a lot more in life. For this reason, we wanted to close this Wednesday Wrap with the biathlon farewell message of Scott Dixon, whom we want to wish all the best for his new career after biathlon.

Photo Courtesy of Petr Slavik

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