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TXAA Monthly TAIL Tournament 31 August 2014

TXAA Monthly TAIL Tournament 31 August 2014

Yes. It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything new. This last week has been full of first day of school, meet the teacher, omg buy more school supplies, homework, missed archery lessons (thanks meet the teacher night) work frustrations, etc. I got to the range twice during the week, but didn’t feel like I accomplished much.

It was a crazy busy insanely frustrating week. And then today was tournament day. I went into it feeling under prepared, and because of the enormous amount of people who showed up to shoot, a little frazzled at the same time. Even though I managed to shoot for an hour at 20 yards last night.

I talked about goal setting with Jonathan a bit because I knew mine were probably unrealistic but I hadn’t had a chance to discuss them with my coach. He helped me put in place realistic goals: any score better than the last time (my first tournament two months ago), coring up and keeping the bicep disengaged.

Good form on a crowded line can be tough. It felt tough.  But I was managing. Not perfectly, but managing. And my final score was a 78. 26 points higher than last time. Not bad for hardly ever shooting at 18 meters and shooting bare bow and shooting a bow that’s not mine. I’ll take it!

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Now my quiver is decorated!

I brought home my first pin from a tournament!

The boys both shot as well in the JOAD basic compound division. Child One scored an 87 and brought home two pins. Not bad for his first tournament ever, especially since he hasn’t shown much interest in archery or going to the range in months. Child Two brought home 3 pins with a score of 172.  He’s excited to be shooting at a farther distance next tournament to bring home his white pin.

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italians do it better

Because limiting one’s self to only ice cream and red wine is bad, but eating ice cream and red wine as part of a complete meal is a good thing! Archery is the meal. Target, field, barebow, compound, Olympic recurve, 3D, hunting are all different components to make up a good meal. Eat a varied diet full of lots of different colors, and one will be a healthy archer! Just like eating a varied diet full of lots of different colors makes one a healthy person.

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Italian field archery coach Giorgio Botto explains how he likes to approach the whole world of archery on his Facebook page. What a guy. Enjoy:

“Some days ago I was asked to explain how I manage to do EVERYTHING in Archery.

“Target archery is both the main course and the meat. Nothing is better and more complete. It may be like tajarin, pici, tortellini or orecchiette.

And meat? Shall we talk about meat? It can be stewed, grilled or broiled. Let’s dig in! ( the Italian idiomatic expression means “I wish my stomach gets as big as a house”).

We could greatly live eating just pasta and meat! But… I like ice-cream too!

Ice-cream is like field archery. It is a healthy food, it contains eggs, milk, fruit and CHOCOLATE! How delicious! One may eat only ice-creams. However pasta and meat are needed as well.

Then, if…

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Building Arrows!

Building Arrows!

I got my first new target arrows in the mail last week. Getting that box was so much fun!

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First Archery Supply Order!

The arrows I bought when I got my bow were pretty heavy. More for hunting than the indoor target shooting I’ve fallen in love with. So coach and I sat down and figured out new arrows for better target performance. Then she taught me how to build them!

Coach invited us over to her house for game night. While the guys were gaming, we pulled out the fletching jig and started putting an arrow together.

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Drink In Moderation While Fletching!

Glues! Alcohol! Acetone! Now I need to put together a whole arrow fletching tool box!

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Finished Fletching!

We only got one arrow done, so I’ll post a more comprehensive how-to post when I put together the rest of them. The finished product looks awesome though!

23 August – Training Day

23 August – Training Day

Saturday was good. The Man and I got to sleep in a little. Then he left for work and I left for the range. I warmed up on the 10 yard line and was feeling pretty good. Then moved over to the fifteen yard line. There were some really cute pairs of Dads who has brought their young daughters to shoot. I wish I had taken pictures of them on the line, but I always feel weird about asking strangers if I can take pictures of them.

I was not focused on the target on Saturday. I was focused exclusively on the shot sequence and muscle control.

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But i still managed shots like these

I felt like I was finally getting back in the rhythm, in the flow of correct form. And my shots were good, even though at fifteen yards I can barely see anything at the target wall.

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See, I can hit where I'm aiming. Sometimes

I shot for an hour and twenty minutes. The best part about it is that I had almost no bicep engagement! My tricep was sore. Which was really really good!

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22 August 2014 – Training Day

22 August 2014 – Training Day

You know what you’re going to read here. I was up at 5 with The Man, and after he got out the door went through the morning routine

20 pinched T
20 pinched Y
20 pinched L
20 pinched W
20 mini push ups
20 stretchy band shot sequences.

I made it to the range last night and shot for about an hour. I’m really struggling with keeping my shoulders down right now. I think sometimes I need to shoot for almost an hour before I can relax enough that my shoulders aren’t around my ears. And I’m off balance again because I wasn’t going down into horse stance. It amazes me how much being in horse stance helps. Not just with balance, but with allowing me to activate the abs and the lats.

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So I can do this.

Next week is the pin tournament. Coach was on duty at the range last night, so I wound up getting a free mini-lesson. Shoulders down, back in horse stance, I mentioned to her that I really wanted to do the tournament. Coach thought I should too, but said I probably should use a lighter weight bow. Around 16 #.  Oh. But I can’t shoot that light weight of a bow at 18 meters, I told her. The arrows wind up skidding off the floor. So she stayed late, and we tested this out. But she went and got the brand new class arrows they had received with a grant. Coach shot a full end first, with a 14# bow. No problems! So then I shot, with the 16#.

Holy flying arrows Batman!!! I hit the target with almost every shot once we’d figured out a reference point for aim. Not 10’s, but if I can shoot consistent 6’s I’ll be happy. Hell, I was just happy the arrows didn’t skid off the floor!! Apparently the standard range arrows are pretty heavy. All along it’s been them, not me. And here I thought I just wasn’t strong enough!

I consider myself very, very lucky to have a coach who works with me, advises me, and helps me even when I’m not there for a lesson.

Oh. I have to drink more water now. Not the frou frou flavored water that I like, but plain old water. Two waters to anything else I want to drink, including my beloved tea.

We talked about Highly Sensitive People, too. This book she read a while back that so fits us both. Kind of opened my eyes. But if I am more sensitive to my environment and what I put in my body, then I need to be more careful about what I eat and drink. And so, more water. And more thoughtfulness about what I eat.

If one of the Netherlands archers competing for gold this week at Wroclaw can be an auto mechanic, then surely I can keep at my job and one day compete, too. Maybe RH will even sponsor me 🙂

21 August 2014

We’ve been getting up really early lately, so I’ve been taking the time to workout in the morning.

20 pinched T
20 pinched Y
20 pinched L
20 pinched W
20 mini push ups
20 stretchy band reps.

I go to work with my back sore. But it’s a good sore. The kind that tells you you’re doing something; that you’re alive and your body is moving and making progress. That soreness has moved down, out of my trapezius muscles and into my lats.

I need a workout buddy!

Today, I took a picture of my worst critic. – Jon Acuff

Today, I took a picture of my worst critic. – Jon Acuff.

This blog by Jon Acuff is so important to remember. I am definitely harder on myself than anyone else. Especially when I’m learning new skills. Especially when I’m working towards this idea of perfection, like in archery.

Sometimes the problem is that there is physical evidence of “failure”.  Arrows that don’t hit the target. Arrows that aren’t in the gold. And that ” evidence” does not allow us to see the progress we’re making, the improvement in form and technique.

There is no spoon. No arrow. No target. There is only form. As long as my form is improving then the critic in my head needs to shut up.