This week I made the trip to Bell Gardens, CA (East L.A. area) for a Tower Climbing Certification class. This certification is allowing me to start working on communication towers. I’m excited to get out of the office and get some experience working in the field. Overall, the class was basic it incorporated repelling (controlled descending in OHSA lingo), climbing, and a rope access rescue. My rock/tree climbing background help me feel comfortable on the tower for the first time. My Job for the next few months is to map existing AT&T towers and document the equipment used.
Traveling to L.A made it a hard to get really good training in the early part of the week. Before the in doors training day did an interval session on the treadmill in the hotel. Friday, I joined up with Glenn, Carol, and Sam for a 25 min time trial with 4 shooting breaks at ASC. Amazingly the skiing was great, thanks Bill! This week I’m working on speeding up my range time while keeping my accuracy. Saturday Trish road biked while i classic roller skied for two house in Auburn on old 40. The weather was really nice it hard to think it’s December. Hope the weather turn bad soon so we can get some more skiing in besides the 5 min loop at ASC. Today, I met up with the biathlon crew at ASC for a last biathlon training session before i leave to Minnesota on Thursday. Also, ASC hosted the first full Biathlon Clinic of the session.