So I took a week off from archery at the end of the outdoor season and therefore paused the #100daysofprogresss for the #archeryproject.
#Day25of100: I went to pick up a bow to shoot this Sunday and it turned out to be club longbow day… one was thrust upon me and my recurve shunned.
It’s surprising how hard it was to anchor when no other aides are present and then execute a conscious release. Despite that, it was a lot of fun to chuck some sticks from another stick!
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Centaura Bowmen’s ground is over an hour drive from home on a good day, so it would be an early start for us to make sure we got there in good time. It is a ground we know quite well, situated outside Derby. For those interested you can read a previous shoot report here.
As it was it would be a warm and pleasant early autumn day, with great company as we were joined by the…
#Day23of100: Well I had a very disappointing end to my season. I shot the two lowest scores I have ever shot in competition on a WA70 at Old Basing – 497 and 498. After the first day I was beaten by it, but not down and out (a shout out to the progress I have made mentally over the past few months), but after only improving by 1 point and still below 500 on the second day it was like a punch to the gut. I care so much about the sport and wanting to achieve that I take the negatives quite hard.
Conversely, for a majority of arrows over the weekend my shot felt good and strong. They just were not grouping, so I was bemused and frustrated. However I failed to notice or acknowledge the real cause of the scores. For the previous 2-3 weeks I have been shooting with an open sight ring after carelessly removing the pin dot from the middle. Maybe lack of experience with the open ring didn’t help at the weekend, but I had shot over 1000 arrows with it in that time so let confident enough going into the tournament to run with it. Maybe it’s something that takes time to get used to. Or maybe I don’t like lining up circles.
So with that in mind, an open ring is not the best tool for me to shoot competitively with. I can’t fault it for training – the removal of the dot bridges shooting blank boss with shooting at a target. Enough removal from aiming to concentrate of form, while still looking at a target. However for tournament and shooting for scores I’ll be going back to a pin with a dot.
So as I set up the bow for indoors, I can look back on this season as one of improvement, an interim year in preparation for 2019: I have shot at master bowman level; improved my mental resilience; and capable more than ever of reviewing and self critiquing my form for development.
#Day22of100: Today was a difficult day. I felt as though I was doing things right and just at the last moment I flung the shot away or lost back tension. Not too long ago this result would have had me questioning if I wanted to remain part of the sport, but now I’m able to look beyond my feelings of the moment not beat myself up as much. Sure I’m disappointed, but that’s what over £100 of pizza and sides is for.
#Day21of100: I have a tournament both days this weekend and wanted to put some arrows down range at 70m for confidence. Form was feeling good so I got it recorded. I know there’s elements that aren’t textbook, but I’m not textbook. My front shoulder does not go so low. However, I do need to eliminate that slight head movement! At least that arrow was an X.
Firstly before I start this shoot report I along with Sharon would like to say a huge thanks to a wonderful host Karen for putting us up for the night and for the great Bar-B-Que on Saturday night before the shoot. The grounds are quite a long drive for us, so being able to stay over the night before was great. Anyway back to the important thing for you, the shoot report.
#Day15of100: No shooting today due to going up to Birmingham with friends. Still, in the evening I put together a plan shooting schedule for the month.
#Day16of100: 4 hours at the range today and found the low morning sun shining in my eyes difficult to deal with now that I’m trying out an open sight pin. Glare made it all a horrible mess! As the sun rose higher out of my way, members of the club showed up and I took part in the Summer Sunday Shoot 7 dozen round which was good fun and a change of pace. The closer distances really put all the arrows together, but all nocks survived!
#Day14of100: Much the same today, shooting arrows at a target! Keeping with an open sight ring is making my shots quick and easy without the dot to, in my case, over aim with. It’s disconcerting at first not having a precise aiming point, but after a while you realise that your mind does a good job lining the circles of the pin and target to produce good groups. Hopefully onto a winning formula, I will with it until the last tournament of the season next weekend.