Training camp in Ramsau am Dachstein, Avstria

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During the last 20 days my preparation took place in one of the best places for Nordic Disciplines training- Ramsau am Dachstein, Austria. This little village is located in the area of Steiermark, only 10 km away from one of the best Alpine skiing areas in Austria- Schladming. Every fall this charming village welcomes a big part of the Nordic Sports ( cross- country skiing, nordic combined and biathlon) world elite.

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The reason this place is so attractive for the skiers is the Dachstein glacier ( 2700 m above sea level). The glacier holds snow all year long. The village itself also offers perfect training conditions- ski jump, specially built track for roller skiing with shooting range, several perfectly equipped gyms and a swimming pool. To me Ramsau is a very special place and this year was my 10th in a row for preparation there.

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The main reason most of the athletes go there is to step on ski for first time for the season. The trainings are monotonous, with low-intensity and long duration (3-4 hours) on the glacier and short workouts with much greater intensity on the ski track , as well as in the gym.
To most of the athletes the day starts with a workout on the glacier, followed by a second one- cross, biking, roller ski and different power exercises.

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To me the training camp was divided on three parts. The first- I tried to ski more with light second rehabilitation trainings. The second part, I reduced the amount of skiing to normal (1.30 to 2 hours) and tried to make more power workouts. The third- the length of my skiing trainings was reduced to 1.20 to 1.40 hours, but at the expense of second trainings with high intensity.

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The training camp was beneficial and brought me satisfaction with this stage of my preparation.

National Summer Cross- country Skiing Championship 2016

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The National Summer Cross- country Skiing Championship 2016 started on September 22nd and ended on the 24th. The competitions were held in the area of Yundola and Belmeken. The race started with a 10 km mass start, uphill classical style. The last few years I focused on the ski- orienteering, and on my preparation for skiing in narrow tracks, so I decided I’m going to ski mostly pushing with my hands. I fulfilled my goals and took 4th place.
The most important start to me was the 15 km roller skiing skate style. Every competitor had to make 3 laps, each 5 km long. I had the right tactics, I did my best and I won the race. To my regret my biggest rival, and the best cross- country skier in Bulgaria- Veselin Tsinzov, broke a ski pole, during the 2nd lap and the race became much less interesting.

The last distance of the event was 5 km cross in the mountains close to Yundola. I woke up in the morning and I felt throatache. This was the reason I decided not to participate in this start.

I am content with my physical condition right now and I am looking forward for my next training camp in Ramsau, Austria.

National Mountain Bike Orienteering Championship 2016

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The Bulgarian National Mountain Bike Orienteering Championship 2016 was held on the 12th and 13th of August in the vicinity of Veliko Turnovo. The sprint distance was held in a small village called Samovodene. It is a populated area, with well-developed road network and a large selection of routes. The competition was really fast and interesting.

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The long distance was held in Ksilifor, a recreation area, close to the town of Veliko Tarnovo. The racing route was challenging, testing racer’s technical skills and physical endurance. I managed to win both starts.

During the Long distance event, I had an accident. I fell and injured my chest. There was also suspected fracture of the ribs. Fortunately I just got bruised and my recovery went fast and good, as well as my preparation for the winter season.