The last week has been full of shooting and new things! The Central Texas Shoot Off Uno! is in two weeks. My coach recommended I participate.
One problem. I’ve never shot 70 meters before! And the idea was a little daunting until I actually started shooting longer distances.
I started out at 30 meters. Trying to get both my sight and my form in line. My split finger tabs weren’t in yet, so I was still shooting 3 under.
30 meters on Wednesday
On Wednesday I was pretty low. And not grouping. I’ve been working on my new anchor for a while now, and I just didn’t have it down yet. Plus other problems. My bow arm was collapsing inwards, to the point that I would get to full draw and think wow this feels really cramped. Only to discover that my elbow was bent. Let down and try again.
Friday at 30 meters
On Friday I was improving a lot! And by the end I was able to group on and around the tiny five spot face that had been taped to the target. My bow arm was still collapsing, but not nearly as often. I was opening up again. And my anchor was…better.
It had been raining all day Friday, and was so wet that we didn’t want to risk driving the cars down the dirt road so we left them parked up top. I have never been so grateful for my new Easton backpack bow case. It made hiking up and down the hill a breeze! And was very comfortable on my shoulders.
I did try shooting 50 meters Friday evening. It was close to dark and I didn’t get a picture. Which was OK, because I don’t think I made it onto the bale anyway 🙂
Saturday I had a lesson outdoor with my coach. I got to put on the new limbs, Hoyt 720’s. And they are so smooth it makes me wonder why I ever shot with anything else! And I got to try out the new split finger tabs. The AAE KSL aluminum tab needs trimming. It was almost impossible to shoot with. The W&W 360 is what I used, because I could shoot with it, with some difficulty, without any trimming. And I finally got that anchor nailed. We started again at 30 meters.
So much improvement!
And then moved on to 50 meters. My coach asked, “how does it feel to be working on your anchor and on transfer and holding at 50 meters?” And all I could think was this is freaking awesome!
Grouping at 50 Meters!
Who would have thought that I could group at 50 meters on my first day? Some of the lower arrows were caused by the string hitting my jacket, which slowed velocity. But I fixed that later in the day by picking up some long sleeve hoodies that snugly fit my arms so I can shoot without freezing. Coach’s quick fix was to wrap her Columbia chill zone sleeve around my bow arm with the jacket on. So now I need a pair of those, too! But proof that when I do it right form wise, I can do the distance. Just need to work on aiming.
This week I’ll be shooting 50 meters and preparing for 70. I can hardly believe I’m actually doing this!
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