Susan and I spent the last few weeks in Utah at a training camp with the biathlon team. Here are some pictures! When we first got there, we had some beautiful western weather, and there were still some bright colored leaves around on the aspens and things. I’ve never thought of the west as having good foliage, but I was impressed! It was definitely beautiful.
I had a lot of fun in Utah–its a great place to train. There’s a nice roller loop right at the range at Soldier Hollow, and also countless opportunities for adventures more or less right out the back door. It was also fun to have the whole biathlon team together in one place, including our European coaches.
I had one good time trial, in which I missed 3/10 shots–not really good shooting, but I skied well and it was a good race. Then in my second time trial I missed 4 of my prone shots–thats not good! It was a windy day, and I’d forgotten to check the wind flags and take clicks to adjust for it. I realized my mistake as soon as I took the last shot and started towards the penalty loop. Dammit! But that’s biathlon…the difference between a good race and a bad race could be just one or two dumb mistakes. It can be frustrating, but its also so rewarding when you actually hit the targets and ski fast too…so far I’ve really only gotten little tastes of that, but I know that it’ll happen one of these days!