Thursday I traveled to Minnesota with my father Paul Violett for the IBU Cup trials in Grand Rapids. Friday was a quality training day, My prone shooting was the best its ever been. I did a few pick-ups to wake up the body in preparation for racing. Mount Itasca has a 2.5k loop of man made snow.
Today, I races the 10K sprint race. The format is 2.5k shoot prone, 2.5k shoot standing, and then two 2.5k loops to total 10k. Overall, the race was a little disappointing , I had 2 misses prone and 4 misses standing finishing in 7th. I came into the standing shooting way to hot so my heart rate was thru the roof making it very hard to hit anything. Skiing felt good so I hope to link fast skiing and straight shooting the next two races.
Post race my Dad and I made the hour trip north from Grand Rapids to the Lost Forty in the Chippewa National Forest. The Lost Forty is a forty anchors of old growth forest that did not get cut in the turn of the century. Coming from California and being a forester’s son the trees are not very impressive, but for the mid-west it was very impressive.
Tomorrow, I have a 12.5k Pursuit Race Starting at 11am!