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    • The race season begins...kinda!: Mark Arendz

      2 décembre 2014

      Original article: http://www.markarendz.com/2014/12/02/the-race-season-beginskinda/

      Kaspar Wirz (PNST coach) and Mark Arendz at the Biathlon range
      during the Para-Nordic development training camp.

      The final weekend of November was to be the first races of the season. But after a very warm and dry October and November; Winter put on a Tour de Force. The snow dumped down in amounts that are rare for this time of year, well, for Canmore this amount of snow in a single snowfall is rare period. The snow was accompanied by strong winds. Blowing everywhere, reminding me of a good old fashioned Nor’easter. All together a real winter storm! The storm lasted just over two days but left the highways a mess and not the safest to travel. The Cross Country races that were to be held in Canmore as well this weekend were cancelled Thursday afternoon. The Biathlon races were going to charge ahead and hope the weather would break sooner than predicted. On Friday, it was decided to reduce Saturday’s races to IBU categories (16 and older) only and delay the start until 1 o’clock. Saturday morning the weather had cleared and there was no a breath of wind, it was very pleasant in the sun. But the temperature was too cold to race and so the race was cancelled. Sunday was forecasted to be warmer but we had to wait and see. The temperatures fell even colder nearing minus thirty (without wind-chill). After a 90 minute delay in the morning the race organizers held to cancelled Sunday’s race. Opening Weekend was a bit of a bust. The skiing over the weekend was slow but still really good as long as you were dressed for it. The plan was turned a bit upside down. I do have an opportunity to race Thursday (which currently has a forecasted high of plus three) getting in one race before I fly to Finland on Saturday for the first IPC World Cup of the season.....

      Mark Arendz working with Emily Weekes at the Biathlon range during the National
      Para-Nordic Development camp Nov 23rd, 2014