I slowly exhale, trying to ease my rapid breathing. Looking through the rifle’s spotting scope, I pull the trigger and let out a mental “Woo Hoo” when the light on the target turns green. I repeat the process four more times and, by the end, I have three targets lit up in bright green and two in bright red. That means I have to ski two penalty laps of the Roundabout Trail to make up for my poor aim on the two missed targets.
I am in the middle of the biathlon race for the Wyoming Winter Senior Olympics held a week ago at the Happy Jack Recreation Area. The biathlon, which involves shooting and cross-country skiing, is the final sport for the three day event. For this version of biathlon, we used laser rifles that lit up the targets instead of leaving holes.