Intervalle und Golfplätze mit Jean Guillaume Beatrix
*Die neue Trainingssaison ist jetzt zwei Monate alt, die Wochen bestehen immer noch überwiegend aus Ausdauertraining, und Jean Guillaume Beatrix kommt zum Intervalltraining eine Stunde zu spät. Die Temperaturen liegen bei fast 30° C, die Sonne brennt gnadenlos auf dem Biathlon-Schießstand in Correncon en Vercors, der mitten auf einem Golfplatz liegt.
Auf dem Plan steht eine frühe Intervall-Trainingseinheit Geschwindigkeit: fünfmal drei Minuten und eine Schießeinlage. Das ist ein deutliches Zeichen dafür, dass die neue Saison näher rückt: Statt langsamem Schießen und Konditionstraining durch Laufen, Rennradfahren, Skiroller fahren und dergleichen stehen wieder mehr echte Biathlon-Übungen auf dem Plan.
Active Four-week Spring Break
Beatrix admitted to “feeling good,” at this stage of the season. “I took my usual four-week break after the season, but this year I was more active. Usually I do no physical activity and then it really hurts to start training. I feel much better at this point of the year than in some others.”
Recovery, “As Long as It Takes”
With a thirty minute warm-up and zeroing over, it was time to start. The three minute loop included hard uphills and then the long flat approach around behind the shooting range and the obligatory five shots. The first couple of intervals were solo affairs. Then a friend accompanied him on a mountain bike to help keep the tempo high. It looked a bit like a runner chasing a horse; no chance of keeping up. It was hot enough that after each interval, Beatrix quickly went to the water bottle for a few swallows of cool refreshment. Three minutes does not seem long but when it is hot and going at full speed, it can seem much longer. As for the recovery between each three minutes, he explained, “I do not know; however long it takes to slowly rollerski over the bottom of the hill.”
Hard and Hot
Regardless, by the time the last five standing targets fell, the Olympic Pursuit Bronze medalist had covered 10K in the session and was spent. “It was hard and hot; I should have come an hour earlier. Another 30 minutes of cool down and he was ready to call it a day. “I have this afternoon off, so that will be nice; plenty of time to recover before a long cycling tour tomorrow; about 100 km in four hours. That is about as long as I go on the bicycle. Biathletes really do not need to do much more than that; longer can be counterproductive.”
Team Camp Next
Taking of his shirt to get a bit of relief from the heat, he admitted, “I am ready to go to Norway for the next camp; it should be cooler. Of course, it might rain. It usually does when we go there. I plan to do all of the races there; they are a good test to see where I am.”
Golf Course in Korea, “A Lot Like Home
However, those show competitions in Norway are just another training day on the way to the new BMW IBU World Cup season…and that quadrennial highlight, the Olympic winter Games in Pyeongchang next February. Once an athlete wins a major medal, there is always the hope that another will come along. Thinking about Pyeongchang, he looked around. “We now have several very good places to train here in France now. This one is my home stadium…it is a lot like Pyeongchang, with the hills and it is in the middle of a golf course, just like in Korea. It will seem a lot like home and it might be a good place for me.”