Austrian athletes blade through summer training
Austrian national team rookies and veterans have been participating in dryland training camps in preparation for next season. The various camps have included some traditional gym workouts, but also mixed up athlete conditioning with new challenges.
The second ladies’ speed group worked on their reaction times doing karate and their balance on a pump track for rollerblading. Meanwhile, three groups of up-and-coming men and women went to the Austrian’s new World Cup biathlon center. During the four-day training block, there were extensive bike rides, units in the gym as well as rollerblades and shooting training with original biathlon rifles. The training was rounded out with a biathlon relay in the new stadium.
As the next generation trained, a “Back to Race” group ventured to Stanglwirt for a three-day camp for injured athletes. Michaela Kirchgasser, Mirjam Puchner, Anna Veith and several of their teammates took advantage of training and regeneration options at the Hotel Stanglwirt, supported and supervised by Alpine Conditioning Manager Peter Petscharnig and Physiotherapist and Trainer Stefan Simon. Aside from access to facilities like a pool for workouts, the location sits at 3000 meters, allowing athletes to train their cardiovascular systems for high-altitude conditions, according to Petscharnig.
“It is important to us that we have a location and know exactly where each one is on their way back. We talk a lot together, in order to define new stage lines,” said Meinhard Tatschl, a long-time coach of Veith. “Further joint training courses are planned so that the big goal – back to race – will come true for the new season.”
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