Unlike the majority of the Nordic programs in Canada offering both cross country skiing and biathlon components, CBR coaches focus solely on biathlon training. This approach is modeled after the Sport School of Olympic Reserve systems of Russia and the Ukraine. At the core of these systems is the development of performance-inspired athletes and a natural progression to National Junior and Senior teams level.
Months of Training per Year
CBR is different than other biathlon programs because we are taught not only to be better in our sport but to be the best individuals we can be outside of sport. We do a lot of mental training that enables us to be adaptive in race situations as well as real life situations.
Each practice has a specific goal or task to focus on which helps with racing. Attention to detail is very different at CBR, where the coaches look at the smallest thing to gain results in winter. Looking at lactate, proper recovery between sessions as well as diet and hydration.
After training with CBR in June 2017, I came back home with a new understanding of training. The trainings were very well thought to maximize the gains.
Now there is no shortage of success with the Calgary Biathlon Racers, but that is not why I want to join them. I chose them because they are less like a team and more like a family. In my time I spent training with them I was accepted as one of them and was provided with expert advice.
CBR isn’t like your ordinary sports team. We have a small group of athletes and get a very one-on-one style of training. If I have a question about something, our coaches are always there to answer the question, and make sure it’s applied correctly.