Pre Worlds Camp

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In Comp

So my 2nd training camp has finished and I’m now in my 3rd camp that will go right up until summer world champs! My 2nd camp was a little intense, it involved many interesting training sessions that weren’t easy, training was tough but I adapted quickly. I felt much better in each training session compared to my last camp, I was coping with every single training session and recovering quite quickly. We did a lot of strength work and more intensity, the first intensity sessions were difficult that burned the lungs and legs but as sessions went by it got easier. It was good to see that in most sessions I was really competitive and sometimes I was the best/strongest.

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The camp finished off with some races, In them I was the fastest skier out the team that I was training with, unfortunately my shooting went to hell and due to that my places weren’t that spectacular. The races were held for the World Championship qualification, top 5 qualified and will compete in 2 weeks time. First day I was 22nd with 3 penalties 1:55 behind, beating several National team members and if I shot clean I would have been top 6, so the result was reasonable. In the 2nd day I really couldn’t manage my shooting and missed 7, I cant remember the last time I missed that many!! I was really disappointed because I know I can shoot accurate.

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Unfortunately I couldn’t afford to keep travelling with the team that have now left to Uvat for their 3rd training camp. I will stay in Tyumen and prepare with Daniel and Lucy that are also pushing themselves to the limits and hoping for a good result in world championships. It’s s shame that I wont have any competition and no one to compare with for this month of training, but I am confident I can have a good training here. I am motivated and ready to train even harder then the 2 previous months.

 

After a hectic gail storm run!

After a hectic gail storm run!

Yesterday I had a 6 hour day of training so preparation is in progress!!

 

Thank you for reading,

 

Alex

1st Camp Over…

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So my training camp has come to an end. It was an interesting and tough training camp that definitely gave me some progress. I have to admit that at times I was really battling, and in other times I was better/stronger then others. Mentally it was much easier to train with a group, there was never a time where I felt lazy or I felt like I needed to rest, even though physically the training is much harder in a team environment.

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Nothing really changed since my last post, training went to schedule, my legs were sore almost everyday. I tried to get a massage when possible but couldn’t afford to do it everyday. I also lost some weight, mostly muscle mass, as we were mostly doing long endurance training with some fresh-hold sessions, very little strength work was done. Weather was pleasant and comfortable for training and in conclusion the camp was really productive!

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I am in Tyumen now. It was a long drive home and it feels great to be back. Its an awesome feeling to have a cup of coffee and relax for a bit, great to not think about training and all the difficulties that come with it. I only have a couple of days to enjoy this and then I’m back into it!

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Next camp starts on the 12th, I am hoping that I will also attend this Camp as it will be in Tyumen. I have to work out what ill do about ammunition as I have now run out, there is also some other things that I have to figure out but I think everything will be ok.

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Thanks for reading.

 

Alex

Stiff, Tired, Sore, Preparation Is in Progress

Hi Everyone,

 

I have now arrived to Abzakovo! A picturesque small town in the middle of Siberia surrounded by mountains and native woodlands. I have never been here before so everything is quite interesting.

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I’ve only been here for week and it has been tough! Basically from 8:30 a.m to 8 p.m you are constantly doing something that involves training, you are either smashing out training, dry firing, stretching, eating or recovering. This is not new for me, I have trained, and do train like this by myself but, at the moment the sessions are very long and the competition in the team heats up the pace in every session. This is good because you always need to keep up! We do up to 3 hours in the morning and 1-2 hour in the afternoon, and that is pure training time. Before training there is 30 minutes of dry fire, and after training there’s stretching.

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All Teams have only just started there training programs, and because of that our bodies haven’t adapted to the heavy training loads. In around 2 weeks, even though the training may be more intense our bodies will manage with the training much better, but until then ill have to suffer a little, hobble downstairs and walk slowly because my muscles are so sore!

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I’ve been going to the mountain river after training to speed up recovery, standing there after training with aching legs is the best feeling! Like drinking chilled water after a marathon. Also I’ve been getting a massage when the muscles get really stiff.

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Anyway, I wanted to touch base and tell everyone that everything is great! I’m happy that I am being pushed and even happier that my legs don’t walk properly! This is exactly what I need and wanted! So the plan is to keep working hard and take it step by step.

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So what do we do in a spare time? Well, during summer we don’t have much spare time, but when we do, I eat wild berries which are delicious, play guitar or read a book which helps me relax a little mentally. This year I actually started a training diary which is a first for me! So I’ve been trying to keep that updated and to not forget.

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Today was a half rest day, we went to a pretty cool lake not too far from our town. A little chilly but It was pretty awesome!!

 

Will touch base after the 6th that is when the camp finishes.

 

Talk soon,

 

Alex

Time To Train!!

Hello Everyone,

After the European season finished I had some time off, tried to relax mentally and physically. It was a long season and I definitely needed a rest! I spent my off time in Sydney, and although I was resting from training and racing I had a lot of other things happening. Each day I had a set schedule for things I had to do and places I needed to be in. It was an absolute pleasure to see people that have helped and supported me in my career. I only had a limited time In Australia but in my trip I managed to attend school assemblies, club dinners, try on uniform, see my friends and do everything else that involved my sports career. It was great trip home and I was so happy to spend time in Sydney and enjoy the weather. I am really going to miss everyone and being out of AUS, but my sport involves sacrifices and I’m starting to get used that.

 

I have now arrived to Tyumen (RUS) where the Australian Biathlon team is now based during European summer. This year I really want to improve and my plan is to train with a strong team, someone that can really push me and take me to my limits. I feel like its now or never to improve and I don’t see any other way to do so unless I train with someone stronger then me. I have found a team to train with which is the Tyumen state team, it is the best state team in Russia and some of the athletes from there are on the National Team. So I feel like training with them will do the trick. This is all good and it sounds like a great plan but, unfortunately this is going to cost me a lot of money. Normally during the Australian winter I do some coaching in between my training and that helps me cover some cost of my overseas trip. This year I wont be able to do that. I have already missed one training camp that is currently on, simply because I couldn’t afford it. So this is the problem I have to overcome, fingers crossed it all works out.

 

I know that the XC Boys are in Sweden at the moment and they are also doing the same thing, and that is to be pushed by stronger athletes. Hopefully they get the improvement they are looking for the next season to come. I strongly believe that this will help them significantly next season and I do believe it will help me in the same way.

 

I think the most important thing for an athlete is to know what to work on, to know what you need to do to improve to go to the next level. Other then training with a team, I think I have some of my own tricks up my sleeve that hopefully will give me the jump I need for the next season.

 

The Olympics are over and I have made a commitment to go on for the next 4 years till Pyong Chang. At this point I really feel like I can give more, a lot more. When I finish with my career I want to know that I gave everything I could and there was nothing else left to give. I am currently training in Tyumen by myself and training has been going well. Next training camp starts on the 20th of June in Abzakovo and I really hope I can go there.

 

Thank you,

Alex

Driving some balls

Driving some balls

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After Simbo's run

After Simbo’s run

Daniel and Simbo's Half Marathon

Daniel and Simbo’s Half Marathon

Sunrise

Sunrise

Bondi

Bondi

It only comes around every 4 years!!!

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The Olympics are over!! And mixed emotions are running through my head that are overwhelming. I am so happy to have been apart of this enormous event and a little sad it has all come to an end. It was a very long journey getting there, and it was worth every bit of it!
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My races were great, and I’m very pleased to have made history in one of my events for Australian Biathlon. In the 20km Individual, I crossed the line in 45th, which was the best result for an Australian male at the Olympic Games. On the day the crowd was wild, and it was amazing! I felt great and my skis were running good, my shooting was going perfect, and I was coming in the top 20. Then unfortunately I missed 2 shots on my last standing which was a little disappointing, but I kept on pushing hard and at the end of the day I was stoked with my event!


The Olympic village was amazing! It is turning into a 5 star resort after the games, so we were very lucky! Food was awesome. Both Closing and Opening ceremonies were unbelievable! Volunteers that smiled and always helped you out and made you feel welcome was wonderful! What can I say, for me everything was perfect from the accommodation, to the food, to the organization! Russia was a great host and I give them my respect for that.

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Olympics is the greatest event in the World! So many nations and athletes from all different sports come together to show their talent and do their nation proud. Obviously with this hype athletes have to deal with a lot of media and pressure, especially if they are set to win medals, some crumble and other shine. But when see an athlete win a medal, that shiny piece of metal that everyone works so hard for, it brings a tear to your eye. As an athlete you know how much it really means to them. Seeing this, feeling it, makes you so happy inside and it motivates you to keep going so maybe one day you will be standing on that same podium having tears of joy yourself. Olympics will always be a special moment in society, doesn’t matter if you win or loose it will always be an experience of a lifetime and I have been blessed to be apart of it!

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I would like to thank everyone at home for cheering and giving us support throughout my Olympic experience! It was awesome having you all behind our backs supporting! It did help! Don’t think I’m saying that! But most importantly I would like to thank all the supporter and sponsors that helped me get there! You have become like family to me and I will never forget what you have done for me! I cant wait to see you and thank you in person!

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There will be no doubt lots of memories from these Olympics! I will cherish every moment and never take it for granted! I am already ready for my next Olympic Games, I know it is 4 years time but I know time will fly and In no time at all ill be there again!

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I am currently in Austria and I have another 2 World Cups coming with 1 IBU Cup in between, so the season is not over just yet!

heres some more pictures!

Alex

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Sochi Bear, Philpots twin brother

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Olympics Are Coming

 

It is official! I have been selected for the 2014 Winter Olympic Team!! I am very excited and I can’t wait to compete in 2 weeks time.

Pursuit in IBU Cup Ruhpolding

Pursuit in IBU Cup Ruhpolding

 

 

It was very nerve-wracking not knowing will I be selected for the team, trying to stay focused in training not knowing what was going to happen was difficult. Our nation was waiting for a quota reallocation, I got notified on the 24th at 4 am that I we have been allocated a spot and that I needed to send an email to the federation saying I was fit and healthy to compete. Half asleep I wrote an email down at the lobby but went back to bed feeling happy and relieved!!!

 

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For those that don’t know what this quota system is all about, I will explain. The points for our nation ranking are summarized from the 2 World Championships before Olympics, and since our team is not very big it is difficult to gather a significant amount of points to be in contention for an Olympic quota spot. Top 20 countries get to take 4 athletes and nations from 20-28 get to take only one. Australia was ranked 31st, so we needed some nations not to take their full quota so that Australia can get it on reallocation. As we predicted the reallocation went up to around 33rd nation rank, so we were safely in but it was still very stressful waiting. Same went for the women, Australia was ranked 34th so it was a very nice surprise that we got a female spot too! A massive congratulations to Lucy Glanville who will make her first Olympic depute in Sochi! Both Lucy and I made our individual qualifications during the season, which is 20% behind the leader in World Cup Or IBU Cup, so we were both waiting just on reallocation.

 

 

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After University Games I got sick and it took a good 3 weeks to get healthy, my races haven’t been all that flash after the new year but they haven’t been appalling. I am currently in Ridanun (Ita) where I am doing a pre Olympic altitude camp. This is my favourite training place with all the facilities you can ask for! So my preparation is going really well. My skiing has improved this year and results have shown that! So I am very excited to see what result I can produce being fit and healthy.

 

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I would like to thank everyone that has supported me throughout my journey to  get to these Olympics, I will try to give it my very best and do Australia Proud!

 

 

Wish me luck!

The Team

The Team

 

Medal, Flowers, Podium!!!

Podium

Podium

University games are now complete and finally I have a result that will stay with me for the rest of my life! Coming so close in each event, 10th, 7th and always only one miss away from a medal I knew I had a good chance of getting onto the podium in the pursuit event. I started 7th, and I managed to fight my way through to 3rd! It has been my goal to get international flowers (Top 6) for quite some time now, and now it has finally happened! Yes, it may be only World University Games, but for me this was special. The Russians had very strong boys in their team, with most of them having titles like Junior World Champion or an Open European Champ. Half of them have raced World Cup before, so I knew they were the ones to look out for! But they weren’t the only contenders, NOR, SWE, GER,CZE, SVK and especially the Ukraine boys with a guy that came 6th in the World Cup just a week before, he was 5th in the pursuit.

Pursuit Start

Pursuit Start

I felt really good throughout all the races, but in the pursuit everything just seemed easy. I concentrated on having precise shooting, and without even pushing myself to the limits, I still managed to have 4rd fastest ski time. Yes I will admit that the last lap was tough, we were pushing hard and battling for the podium, and having 4 Russians in the pack that played a little tactical it wasn’t easy! It may of been possible to get a better position by either not missing my last shot on standing or going out first and skiing as fast as I can on the last lap. But 3rd for me, was like a gold!! Very happy, very satisfied! I was also hoping for a good result in the Mass start, I lead out of the start and then found out my skis were absolute shockers! lost 15 places on the downhill. So will not comment on that race.

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Before Uni Games started I felt bad on my skis but still had some reasonable results, like coming 56th in my first World Cup. The second WC wasn’t so flash, and I could feel I wasn’t race ready. I was still making under 15% in each race which is the Qualification for the Olympics. I am definitely happy now to finally find my race legs!

Leading out of the Mass Start

Leading out of the Mass Start

We have now arrived to Ridnaun (ITA). A very nice place with superb dining and an awesome Wellness Centre. I do although have some bad news, I woke up this morning a sick, sore throat and congested. I guess when you’re on form an athlete is prone to getting sick, that’s just tough luck. I will hope to fight it off quick and hopefully not loose my great shape!

Everyone Swapping Uniform!

Everyone Swapping Uniform!

Decent Italian Pizza!

Decent Italian Pizza!

Season is here – IBU Cup, Idre (SWE)

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So the season has started! Last weekend was the first IBU Cup of the winter! I would have to say I was hoping for a better result, but I feel it was satisfactory to the way I felt during the race. My legs are definitely not in race shape, and my whole body felt weak even though I have felt really strong in training, but training and racing are completely different. It is absolutely normal to feel like this for the first race of the season and ski time was around the same as last year, so I am definitely not complaining. The shooting went well, only 1 miss in the prone so I am happy with that!

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The trip to Idre (Sweden) was long and tiring, it is 5 hours difference in time, so the jetlag is hitting me. During our trip, we had a lot of sick people around coughing and sneezing and spreading their germs. I have to admit I do feel like I am not on the healthy side at the moment and that is why I missed today race. Hopefully I don’t get worse, and my races will only get better from here on.


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Next stop is Ostersund Sweden where I will have 2 events, 20km individual and a sprint. Hope I feel stronger and healthier there!
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Also while we are parking we saw the Canadian van back into a very nice Porsche… Very Unlucky

Talk soon.

Here is some pictures from our wax Hut. We were the only Nation left with a wax room like this, everyone else had a proper room. We got used to it and we survived!

Discrimination to the Australian team??

Discrimination to the Australian team??

Our Little wax Hut!

Our Little wax Hut!

I’m coming!

Hil-Bounding

Hil-Bounding

20131025_123319_9We have now had 3 weeks of consistent training and everything seems to be going to plan, the only thing that has been a hassle is the snow! Warm temperatures are melting the snow on the track that saturates the bottom layers which then freezes with the help of the cooling track, turning it into sheet ice! Some days have been very difficult to stay upright, but the stadium crew is working on a strategy to make it skiable.

20131025_122351You probably wonder why I don’t write about something interesting that is going on or that has happened during our training camp, well ill be honest our daily routine is fairly boring. We get up at 7:45, morning run at 8 till 8:30 then its breakfast time, first training session starts at 10 and goes untill 12.30, and at 1 we are already having lunch. We have quiet time from 2- 4.30 and then we dry-fire for half hour, second training starts at 5 pm and dinner is at 7. So you can see why I don’t have much to write about, we just literally don’t have any time for anything exciting.

The only news is that Sabi Howell arrived yesterday to join the team in Russia, with 2 girls in the house the gossip will begin and social interactions will increase.

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The season is creeping up fast, and I feel a little nervous/excited! I know I have improved over the summer it is just a matter of how much! I am sure it will be a tough but fun season!

Bike riding with rollerskis on the new done thing!

Bike riding with rollerskis on the new done thing!

Winter is coming!

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Even though my foot has been an annoyance I have been able to train consistently. A month of roller skiing and cycling got quite repetitive, but I got through it. Now I have had a short week break from intense training, and I’m ready to go again!

 

Weather has been chilly and they have started to put old snow from last year on the track. Tyumen has recently built a cooler track, it is a roller-ski track that has antifreeze running through it so that the snow doesn’t melt due to warm temperatures, this lets athletes train on snow early without waiting for cold conditions for natural or artificial snow. Although the track is not quite ready, all the athletes are eager to get skiing.

 

I am excited to have another month of good training! Lucy and Daniel will join me tomorrow so I will have some company in training. I have slowly started running on my foot, but definitely it is still a little sore, also my legs cramp up after 50 minutes of running due to the lack of cross training. My legs have forgotten how to run and contract quickly, but I will fix that soon.

 

This season will be long and exciting hopefully everything goes to plan. These are the events I will be competing in.

 

22 Nov 2013 IBU Cup 1

 

29 Dez 2013 Idre (SWE)

 

22 Nov 2013 E.ON IBU World Cup 1

 

01 Dez 2013 Oestersund (SWE)

 

03 Dez 2013 E.ON IBU World Cup 2

 

08 Dez 2013 Hochfilzen (AUT)

 

09 Dez 2013 E.ON IBU World Cup 3

 

15 Dez 2013 Annecy-Le Grand Bornand (FRA)

 

10-21 Dec. Winter World University Games. in Trentino, Italy.

 

18 Dez 2013 IBU Cup 3

 

21 Dez 2013 Obertilliach (AUT)

 

01 Jan 2014 E.ON IBU World Cup 4

 

05 Jan 2014 Oberhof (GER)

 

03 Jan 2014 IBU Cup 4

 

05 Jan 2014 Forni Avoltri (ITA)

 

06 Jan 2014 E.ON IBU World Cup 5

 

12 Jan 2014 Ruhpolding (GER)

 

13 Jan 2014 E.ON IBU World Cup 6

 

19 Jan 2014 Antholz-Anterselva (ITA)

 

16 Jan 2014 IBU Cup 6

 

18 Jan 2014 Altenberg (GER)

 

27 Jan 2014 IBU Open European Championships

 

04 Feb 2014 Nove Mesto (CZE)

 

07 Feb 2014 Olympic Winter Games

 

23 Feb 2014 Sochi (RUS)

 

03 Mrz 2014 E.ON IBU World Cup 7

 

09 Mrz 2014 Pokljuka (SLO)

 

10 Mrz 2014 E.ON IBU World Cup 8

 

16 Mrz 2014 Kontiolahti (FIN)

 

17 Mrz 2014 E.ON IBU World Cup 9

 

23 Mrz 2014 Oslo Holmenkollen (NOR)

 

After all that I will do some spring races right up until 10th of April! So it will be a very long/interesting season! It is the big one, so I have to stay focused!!

 

Talk soon.

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