[Editor’s note: the following post is by National Team member and Biathlon BC High Performance athlete Megan Tandy]

Megan (bib 17) at the Mass Start biathlon race at Blink Festival (I am bib 17, in the blue shorts)
Megan (bib 17) at the Mass Start biathlon race at Blink Festival

Hello everyone, this summer has been a busy one for me, and I am pleased to contribute to the Biathlon BC website by sharing some of the highlights of my training!

The most interesting training camp of the summer was without a doubt my 2 weeks spent in Norway with the Canadian National Team. We joined several other athletes, Kaisa Makarainen of Finland (overall world Cup winner), Ekaterina Yurlova of Russia (World Championships 2015 gold medalist) and Susan Dunklee of the USA (World Cup podium placements). There was a lot to learn from training alongside some international top athletes! Our camp included racing at the biggest summer Nordic festival – Blink Festival.

Classic Rollerskiing with Susan Dunklee and 2 Norwegian athletes
Classic Rollerskiing with Susan Dunklee and 2 Norwegian athletes

It was 3 days of races including 2 biathlon races and one brutal uphill rollerski. One of the nicest sessions was a hike to the famous Prykestolen rock in one of the nearby fjords.

I spent most of August at home in Prince George. It was pretty standard training – regular trips to new range and lots of long rollerski sessions. One of the highlights was joining the Caledonia Nordic Ski Club and sharing some of my knowledge for some dryland and rollerskiing sessions.

The first 2 weeks of September were spent training in Italy, near the border to Tuscany. I had a rollerskiing camp which meant rollerskiing 1 or 2 times each day, for 10 days.

Dryland with the Caledonia Nordic Ski Club
Dryland with the Caledonia Nordic Ski Club

All of the rollerski sessions were done on the various passroads in the local mountains. It was hard, but fantastic training and the highlight was a 40km ski, which took just over 3 hours, up to the highest point – Passo Radici.