Biathlon training during winter blizzard.

When the pandemic first hit, everything went out of control. Businesses, schools, universities, and entertainment venues closed down, and people were forced to stay indoors. Global sports events also took a blow as most were postponed and eventually canceled. Some events went on but with limited crowds. For athletes, it was a tough time as they had to stay in shape even at home. 

Those in rigorous sports such as biathlon were even more stressed because it is a sport of ultimate fitness and endurance. Thankfully, biathletes found ways to address the challenge, and these moves even as the pandemic continues. If you are looking to gear up for the BMW IBU World Cup season this year, here are some training tips that can help.

Start training early

Even as vaccine rollouts are in full swing, staying at home is the best advice for everyone. But it gets hard for biathletes as they cannot train at camps under professional guidance. The best way to prepare for the season ahead is by starting early. Investing extra hours and weeks in training can definitely make up for the loss. Have a proper fitness plan in early summer and follow it stringently to be in the best shape when it is time to hit the slopes. It makes sense to run and cycle because you can go outdoors while following the rules. Have a home gym for strength training.

Keep your motivation levels up

Biathlon is as much about mental strength as it is about physical fitness. Your preparation plan should, therefore, focus on keeping your motivation levels up throughout the season. It will ensure adherence to your training plan and keep you ready and confident for the competition. You can check 2021-22 BMW IBU World Cup Biathlon simulation to track your performance levels. It will enable you to get a fair idea of your current status. If you look good enough, consider it as a mental boost. Conversely, a low position means you need to up your game for the coming season. 

Stay connected with your trainer

Apart from investing in physical training and mental preparedness, staying in touch with your trainer is essential. Thankfully, you can rely on the popular video conferencing tools that have been the world’s lifeline for the last year. Your coach will expect to evaluate your performance, so have your facts and stats ready before the call. You can also plan for the season, which is even more important because you are practically on your own. Discuss your challenges and goals, and your coach will have the best recommendations to address them. Staying connected is also valuable from the motivational perspective as it makes you feel that you are still in the game. 

Preparation for this year’s tournament is different for biathletes, just like it was last year. But you will probably be more confident because you have done it once already. Things may get better this time because there is hope travel will normalize in the coming month. Till then, stay strong and keep training!