With a slew of time-trial wins under his belt this summer and fall, Miles Havlick is heading into the 2014/2015 ski season with high expectations. The Sun Valley Gold Team member who is best known for his back-to-back NCAA wins, says he’s more prepared than ever before.
Research published last fall found that using testosterone, even briefly, had long-lasting effects on muscle in mice – and extrapolated that in humans, these effects could last decades. The mechanism for this cell memory opens the door to similarly long-lasting effects of HGH or other performance-enhancing drugs.
Wonder how the pros train for marathons? Holly Brooks, who’s gearing up for a full season of marathons on the international circuit, has some tips and a workout to raise aerobic threshold and build speed bursts. “One of my go-to workouts is quick and simple: Over & Under, L3 pace workout with surges,” she explains.
U.S. Biathlon, unlike some national teams, doesn’t select its World Cup team each spring. Certain team members prequalify, but there were at least two spots up for grabs at the four-race rollerski trials held in August and October in Jericho, Vt. The final team was announced Tuesday, one month before the season starts in Sweden. (Updated)
While two Americans won Friday’s Frozen Thunder sprints, Canada had its revenge on Monday, taking four of six podium spots. In the men’s 10.8 k skate race, Devon Kershaw bested Kris Freeman by five seconds to take the win. In the Women’s 7.2 k race, biathlete Rosanna Crawford edged Liz Stephen for the win.
There are a couple things one can count on in Canmore, including solid tracks and quality snow, even in October. At the first unofficial sprint of the North American season on Friday, more than 120 racers found both for the Frozen Thunder classic sprint, and organizers added what could be a new tradition to the mix: a zero-elimination format.
Biathlon Alberta, the provincial governing body for the sport of biathlon, is hiring a Canmore‐based Events Coordinator for the 2014‐15 season. This contract position will involve working approximately 40 days between November 24th and March 24th, assisting with the production of Biathlon Alberta events around Alberta.
Newly-minted Biathlon Canada national team member Macx Davies talks season prep and Frozen Thunder: “When you have a long ski, catching up with friends is one of the few things that can shorten the long hours on the track,” he writes. “Finally I am skiing. Finally the season is here. Finally it is winter.”
Kazakh star Alexey Poltoranin already started working with Andrus Veerpalu last season. But he’s now going one step farther, distancing himself from the Kazakh federation by moving to Estonia and working with famed coach Mati Alavar and three Estonian training partners. After disappointment in Sochi, he’s eyeing the 2018 Games.
It’s final. Holly Brooks is tackling the FIS Marathon Cup/Worldloppet series this season, with seven of nine races on her schedule and a goal of an overall top three. “I’m ready for new challenges,” she says. “I’m a competitor and I want to be in races where I’m in contention for a podium.” As the Birkie’s first elite-athlete representative, she’s hoping that will simplify some of the international logistics.
The Green Mountain Valley School is welcoming back former junior athlete David Sinclair to the team’s ranks for the 2014/2015 season as part of the team’s attempt at organic development. With several exciting developments for the rural Vermont academy including a new assistant coach, the future is looking bright for GMVS.