• Maddie Phaneuf

Much needed update

Hi everybody! Wow, yet again it's been a minute since I last update you all - sorry! Hopefully many of you follow my Facebook or Instagram, where I typically update weekly, so you haven't been completely out of the loop. But for those who rely solely on this blog, my apologies, and hello again!

First off, how is it already almost July?! Training has been flying by for me - I can't believe it's already been about 8 weeks of full-on training. For those who don't know, I was named onto the US Biathlon National B Team for the training season (woohoo!!!) But, unfortunately due to COVID-19, I haven't been able to train at the Olympic Training Center or with any US Biathlon teammates (besides Clare, who is also living in Lake Placid right now). Fingers crossed things get better and we're able to host a National Team camp at some point this summer/fall - I miss my teammates and my coaches! Though, I am happy to say that I'm continuing to work with NYSEF this year and I've been able to work with my coach Shane a few times already, and will be attending more and more training sessions with them!

So, what has training looked like during these weird COVID times? Basically, for most of May I trained alone and only rollerskied, biked, ran, etc. on trails and roads that were open to the public. I essentially didn't touch my rifle at all, and had no access to any shooting ranges, the rollerski loop, or any gyms. Once June hit, I began slowly training with a few local athletes who were also following quarantine-type lifestyles. We also were granted access to the Jumping Complex in Lake Placid, which has our rollerski loop and a small shooting range for us to use! US Biathlon had also thrown some gym equipment up there, so we *kinda* had access to a gym as well - this was HUGE!

Rollerski intervals

Slowfire shooting

The main things I have been missing that I would normally have access to as a National Team member based in Lake Placid is the Olympic Training Center. I was looking forward to spending less money on food, having access to a variety of recovery tools through the Sports Medicine room, the rollerski treadmill, and one of my favorite things ever - massage! I realize my privilege when typing all of this out, and I know I can train well and improve as an athlete without those tools, but it can be hard knowing what I'm missing. Hopefully we'll slowly gain access to these tools in the near future, but until then I'll continue doing the work I've been doing since May!

This is our current gym setup at the range!

I have to take a moment to thank my sponsors for this coming 2020/21 season - without their support I honestly would not be able to continue training as a full-time athlete. Big thanks to Blizzard Manufacturing, Adirondack Homes and Real Estate, DiOrio's Supermarket, Burkhard-Evans, Inc., and the TOW Bar! Seriously, THANK YOU ALL!! If you're living in Old Forge, or passing through, please be sure to support these wonderful businesses.

Besides training, I've been spending time cross-stitching, baking, riding my mountain bike, lobbying with Protect Our Winters (virtually), and taking lots of photos! I recently decided to put some of my shots online to sell, so if you're interested in taking a look at my photos for sale, go check it out! Let me know what you think, and if there's any specific type of photo you'd be interested in seeing up for sale - I'd love your input and feedback.

For now, I'll be continuing my training here in Lake Placid with NYSEF and my USBA teammate Clare Egan. I don't really have any major plans this summer, as everything is being canceled due to COVID-19. We just heard that Summer Biathlon Nationals in Jericho are canceled, so we'll be having all of our IBU Cup/World Cup rollerski races out in Utah this fall assuming we can travel in October. My family has a beach vacation planned for August, so I'm HOPING that doesn't get cancelled! I'm also planning on creating more prints and/or art to sell, so I'll keep you all posted on that. I hope you're all staying safe and having a wonderful summer, despite the circumstances. Sending you each a virtual hug!