Biathlon South of France: 2018 and 70,000 meters of Vertical Gain #1

Biathlon South of France: 2018 and 70,000 meters of Vertical Gain #1

To say that in 2018 I climbed alot is a slight understatement… but there is more to this story than the mere art of going uphill on my bike.

For around 3 years my winter preparation has included the intensely satisfying sport of Biathlon.
As a complement to my classic winter cycling base-build period that includes riding with my valued clientele during their French Riviera Cycling Tours, Biathlon has found a place in my heart.

My imagination has blissfully conjured up images of myself skiing gracefully on the piste while controlling my heart-rate and breathing so as to perform a perfect 5-for-5 on the shooting range. Fourcade brothers or not, winter here I come.

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But… the rub in this winter training program is the essential fact that our Biathlon station is not flat like classic Cross-Country Ski stations… It is either up (with percentages of up to and over 8%) or down, with no gentle sliding in-between.

Whether I like it or not I now glisse my way into Spring fit and with abs of vintage steel. Which was just as well because 2018 held more surprises than I was expecting!