Training is picking up at the CXC Center of Excellence and for our adaptive athletes! On May 9th and 10th, I assisted Head Coach Andy Keller in testing our Junior Athletes on a wide range of endurance, strength, and balance tests to start a baseline to track their training progress. We had 9 athletes participate in a VO2Max test, which was a dynamic learning experience for me, keeping them moving with little to no down time. Once we got them working on the treadmill Coach Keller had a good idea where his athletes were starting at, and where they need to improve.
Witnessing how the Jr. Development Camp was organized, I am starting to make plans for the upcoming Adaptive Camp. Since our Adaptive program is small but growing, we will have more one on one time with the athletes resulting in some fine tuned and personalized testing and training. Our Adaptive athletes are coming from a wide range of abilities and backgrounds, but they will all improve with dedication and precise exercise.
We’ve been making our rounds to the V.A. Hospitals, where I’ve had the opportunity to meet a wide variety of Veterans, from Veterans my age to those who are older. Regardless of age or ability, they all want to have fun and enjoy themselves when it comes to friendly competition, which is where I come in. I’ve been bringing our Biathlon Training Rifles allowing them to practice and sharpen their marksmanship skills. Then I throw in the X factor, where they use a specialized piece of equipment (the Ski Ergometer) to simulate the physical demands of Biathlon, and have them target practice with an elevated heart rate to closely simulate the stress of Biathlon.