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Biathlon Tips and Tricks

November 20, 2019

I think in all parts of biathlon, focus
is really important. So when you’re going hard, it takes a lot of focus to go hard when you’re skiing and to focus on technique, and then as I get closer to the shooting range, you know, as I’m getting ready to shoot, I will focus on a few different things. So one is how hard am I breathing? How does my body feel? I might go a little bit easier on the way into the range just to make sure that I have control over my breathing. I’m still gonna be breathing really hard, but I want it to not be totally out of control. Once I get into the range, it’s really trying just not to think about anyone else You know, so don’t think about how
you’ve done so far. Don’t think about what anyone else is doing. Just think about what do I need to do. So there’s my target and what do I need to do to just make sure that my body feels good, that I’m taking my best shot each time. When I was skiing, I was focusing on skiing. I was focusing on ski technique. And as I approached the range, only right as I got ready to the shooting mat, I’d be like, alright, it’s time to shoot. A good practice for biathlon is for each
athlete to develop a plan with a consistent procedure and rhythm that
they’re gonna follow as they shoot, regardless of whether the shot is a hit
or miss, they stick to that plan, and follow through the five shots. And taking a consistent number of
breaths in between each shot, and sticking to that number, and that will
keep the athlete from rushing a shot, or holding too long on a shot, both of which can cause misses. If you do miss, continue with your plan
taking a consistent number of breaths and moving to the next target. After the last shot, the athlete opens the bolt to make sure the rifles unloaded. You know, for me, I’ll have certain focuses, probably, usually it’ll be about my breathing or
my trigger squeeze–being really, really gentle on the trigger, and so I’ll kind
of run through a few of those things in my head before I get into the range. It’s like the breathing becomes what defines the way that I’m shooting, and I when I’m in prone position, especially, I’m using my breathing essentially to get myself and on target. You can practice just anytime. It could be after a workout, when you’re like, right after you’ve just stressed yourself, or it can just be like, lying in bed. You could practice like, being aware of your breathing and visualize yourself, you know, taking one breath, two breaths, exhaling, stopping that exhale, and just say bang to yourself, and then repeat. Just sort of developing like a process and a plan, and following that plan, versus kind of winging it, and just sort of, going as hard as you can and then trying
to hit the targets. I would, I would urge people to not shoot
really slow and not shoot really fast, but to shoot with a good, with good
consistency and they’re gonna get the best of both worlds, because they’re
gonna hit–they’re gonna hit targets and they’re gonna get off the shooting range
and on to the next stage quickly. And I think that’s the problem with just rattling off your shots, and taking the penalty, is that it’s just you can hit some of those targets, shooting not a whole lot slower than as fast as you can, and you will, if you try.

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