Invictus6 Biathlete on “Consummate Athlete” Podcast
Biathlete and and owner of Invictus6 Performance Training, Daniel Markert was interviewed by Peter Glassford and Molly Hurford of Consummate Athlete podcast about his athletic competition in biathlon. Currently it is the third most popular podcast in their series.
How do you get into Biathlon ? Tell us your story
I saw an open invite on Facebook for the California National Guard Biathlon program and thought now is the time to see if I have what it takes to be a biathlete. During the peak mobilizations for Iraq and Afghanistan, participation had fallen when the older guys retired out. I was three years into a mid life fitness transformation after deploying to Afghanistan as a combat advisor. I had started training Scott Sonnon’s TACFIT Commando in 2010 on my way overseas and dropped 30 pounds and really improved my strength and movement skills. So I though what better test of TACFIT than learning a new skill, Nordic skate skiing, and then competing in a race that includes having to rapidly recover in order to shoot accurately.
Nordic skate skiing is a whole body strength-endurance exercise. The hill ascents require significant lower body and core strength and the sustained speed on snow over so many kilometers and multiple days requires significant cardiovascular aerobic endurance. The sport teaches you several physical and mental things: to pour effort into technique because otherwise you bleed too much energy and gas out; also to rapidly recover breath and heart rate to clear your mind for accurate and speedy shooting.
The sport. Biathlon is the hardest thing I have ever done. The cold, the fatigue, the social pressure of competition and being ranked. I was a competitive swimmer and water polo player in my youth, competing in water polo at the collegiate level. To develop the skill of skate skiing you have to have snow, so that is a challenge for this of us who live in mild climates. My fitness training definitely helped. Using TACFIT to restore full range of mobility, the emphasis on movement technique, and the protocols for conditioning the neuroendocrine system for rapid recovery allowed me to pick up the skate skiing in only a few days. In preparation for the next season I used a combination of kettlebell training, Strong First Simple and Sinister, and Clubbell strength training as well as moderate running for developing the aerobic base. Definitely a lot of leg, glute, and hip work. We have special roller skis too to practice the ski movements on pavement. It is not the same as snow obviously, but you can work most of the same motor patterns. Biathletes are good endurance athletes so many do running and cycling. I just do some running.
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