While a biathlon refers to a sporting event that combines two different kinds of sports, it usually refers to cross-country skiing and rifle shooting. The first time I heard about this, I thought it was a joke. Here's the gist of the sport: You ski around a cross-country track with a rifle on your back. The total race distance is broken up by two or four rounds of shooting at a target. If you miss the mark then you are penalized. As you can imagine, it's tough to shoot accurately when you're huffing and puffing and your heart is pounding. The trick for biathletes is to slow down their skiing pace as they approach the shooting range, so they can concentrate on controlling their breath and resting their muscles.
A biathlon is really a mind/body workout and interesting challenge. Want to see a video to find out what it's all about? Then
I love that even though I cannot understand the announcer his excitement is infectious. Does a biathlon sound like something you'd be interested in trying?