Spring 2000 Newsletter
We did it. This season turned out to be a big success due to some good luck, incredible support from the nordic centers, but also because our club members chipped in to get the necessary jobs done.
There are a lot of people to thank. First we thank Cheryl Dieck, the Snow Mountain Nordic Director for giving us free rein to do what we needed to do in the midst of getting sorted out in her new position. She and her staff were integral in pulling off a positive result this year. We look forward to an even smoother season next year. Thanks also to Mark Birdseye and the YMCA for sponsoring the purchase of three targets which we sorely needed, and his commitment to perpetuating our sport at Snow Mountain.
Thanks also to Gene and Therese Dayton and the Frisco Nordic Center staff - Rob and Tom in particular - for being so understanding with us, and taking the initiative to do what we weren't able to when staging our races. Hopefully we'll see Rob and even Therese out on the race course one of these days!
Thank you also to the Club's Level 1 officials for forfeiting race participation to handle the nitty-gritty raceday duties, to Eileen Waldow for being our main non-racing official, and to Dick and Evelyn Boggs for handling the difficult range conditions at the Governor's Cup race.
Thanks to Bill Hay for funding the purchase of two of Marc Sheppard's excellently produced new targets, as well as the purchase of two used targets for the club's use. Along with his directorship of the summer races, Bill is one of our most valued and appreciated members.
And not least, to the race volunteers who don't have any connection to biathlon other than being a friend or family member, for helping us do the scoring and penalty loop duties that are so important. Hope we see you again next season.
We learned a lot of things this year, and there are some areas to improve and refine. Hopefully our club meeting will get these items resolved for next season so we don't repeat some of the mistakes from this season. Please plan to attend.
In terms of national presence, we also can celebrate the Club's first National Champion - Tracy Barnes placed 1st in both Junior Women's Sprint races and 2nd in the Pursuit at the Nationals in Soldier Hollow, Utah after just her third year in the sport. How great is that! Congratulations Tracy!
Our club has matured a great deal this year, and the comradeship of the members has been a major part of what looks to be a bright future.
|Board Chairman||Bob Hunnes||Hfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Vice Pres./Snow Mtn.||Jeff May||H-970.887.2272||RJMay@rkymtnhi.com|
|Vice Pres./Frisco||Elizabeth Pike||H-303.449.9303||pikee@ucsu.Colorado.edu|
|Vice Pres./Eldora||Chip Schrader||Hemail@example.com|
The meeting agenda is tentatively set to include:
Congratulations to this season's class champions, as determined by the final pursuit race on March 12, 2000: Elizabeth Pike (Senior Women), Dave Cleveland (Senior Men), Fiona Lohman (Masters Women), Fred Call (Masters Men), and Nick Waldow (Junior Men). Based on the Junior Women's competitions throughout the season, Tracy Barnes was our Junior Women's champion.
Chapter Five, Cross-Country, Preparations for the Race.
It is the law in cross-country that no newcomer of today can conquer the field until tomorrow. When an experienced runner is beaten by a novice he must blame faulty preparations and conditioning. As a rule, the expert possesses the calm, endurance and experience that the novice may acquire only by a slow and tiresome battle.
In order to prevent disappointments, the langlauf runner does well to heed a fundamental which I highly regard. Prepare yourself with the best ways and means, and give your all in the contest. That the best possible in a weak man is not on the same level as in the gifted is an irrevocable law of nature, but the sporting will is the same in each. It is often stronger in the weak man who has to fight many more hindrances. The former must remember that he need not despair if he does not first rank immediately. Quite the opposite is true. Those who struggle step by step to attain success develop into more reliable and steadfast skiers than those into whose laps glory falls too easily.
Early Conditioning. In September the work is begun. Smoking is slowly given up. Meanwhile the skier undertakes hikes of varying lengths, to condition gradually the heart, lungs, and body. By October he should have worked out of his system the poisons deposited by alcohol and tobacco, and may begin running. If he makes runs of three to five miles two or three times a week and one longer run of seven or ten miles, he will be doing enough. On the other hand gymnastics should be performed every morning to keep pliant any muscles which may have become stiff from running. Massage should always follow gymnastics.
During November and December the number of hours and distances may be increased, with one measure of precaution--don't overtrain. You should not feel that the training runs are compulsory. Better to sit out a day or a week than to train too much. Breathing, which will be discussed later, must receive special consideration in all this training.
From the beginning of early training through the last race of the season, nicotine and alcohol are the two greatest enemies of a langlaufer. This point cannot be overemphasized. Smoking must be completely set aside, although it is better to reduce it gradually than suddenly. Beer may be used medicinally, but only that way; it soothes the nerves and induces sleep on the eve of a race. On no account should liquor be takes shortly before a race, for alcohol affects not only endurance, but also balance.
Go easy on the medicinals, and we'll see you at the summer races. [an error occurred while processing this directive]