Biathlon Manitoba and its clubs have a schedule of practices, races and camps that you should attend. The experience and coaching you receive will help you to improve your skills and feel good about your achievements. You will have the opportunity to attend camps and races in and outside Manitoba.
If you wish to excel in biathlon, training is important. Training is done on a regular basis.
Winter training involves skiing and combination training. Combination is similar to a biathlon race. Shooting is combined with skiing short distances, this is repeated several times. Combination is important to improve shooting with a heart rate and speed.
Summer training can involve running, cycling, swimming or other activities that are constant and work your heart, lungs and muscles. Precision shooting is done in the summer to improve position and groupings. Biathlon Manitoba runs a Summer Biathlon Series which is similar to the winter series. Instead of skiing, running is done between shooting bouts.
You do not need a skiing background to be in Biathlon. Getting involved in our Summer Biathlon Program will introduce you to shooting and combination skills. The Biathlon Coaches will help you learn to ski in the winter season with some practice.
Winter and Summer training can be done on your own. The Biathlon coaches will help you to create a personal training program.
Equipment is needed to do biathlon. It is important to have skis that you can “skate” on. Skating skis are light weight and should be a little taller than you. Ski poles should be stiff and as high as your chin. Skating boots are a high boot that gives more support. They have a stiff sole which allows more control over the ski. The coaches will help you to purchase the right equipment that will meet your needs and suit your ability. These are available at reasonable prices.
A rifle rental program is available to clubs and to athletes on the Provincial Team, or you can purchase your own, ranging from $700 – $3,000. Otherwise, if you want to just use the ones supplied at the camps and races, you may. Ammunition and a ski wax supply as well as training clothing are the other specifics needed to do biathlon.
Biathlon practices and races will take up some of your time. You will have to manage your time, so you can do well in school and sport. Nutrition is also important for doing well in any sport. Eating right will keep you healthy, and your body will benefit from the physical activities you do. Being a biathlete means that sometimes you will have to sacrifice other activities to participate. At the elite level the sacrifices become greater; a serious biathlete may give up many social activities to train or participate in races, as travel time is necessary to get to a site for a weekend competition or camp.
Biathlon requires time, physical effort, and financial outlay. In return, Biathlon can give you great experiences, opportunities to compete and travel, and a healthy lifestyle.