Was already 91 degrees at 9:00 AM. Outdoor practice is commitment. Losing arrows in the field is part of being outdoors too. Bring a magnifying glass and you can light $20 bills on fire for the same effect in the hot sun.
So many things for this archery season. She added a sight. She added a stabilizer. She got a new, heavier poundage bow. She got a new plunger. She went out of state. She shot 40cm. She made an archery-BFF. She got outdoor arrows. She got a new practice bow. She is rebuilding her shot sequence. She survived some friends leaving her team. She got a new mentor. She trained with and survived her sister. She started shooting with her mom. She fought with and then made up with her dad.
She has worked on her form since SLC, but early in the tournament, her fast shot returned. She fought it some and went with it on other ends. She improved over SLC, but didn’t reach some of the scores from early in the season.
Overall, the season isn’t easy to chart. With her equipment changes and target size changes, it’s not easy to compare scores from 40cm to 60cm.
It was a year of some podium finishes, some off days, a lot of practice, a lot of work, a lot of stress, and a lot of growth. She has more of the same in front of her for several years in and out of archery. Keep at it kiddo.
Her third place finish!
Working on her shot sequence. Working to get the elbow down during transfer and expand. Getting used to the Hudl Technique app and the iPad camera mount.
High speed camera caught these individual photos made into a movie to see the shot sequence.
We returned to Bear Creek Lake park for our outdoor range. She began by shooting at 30m.
It was hot and dry out there. Because the USAT Qualifiers are beginning soon, we needed to get a handle on how well she could shoot at 60m. The USATs only have the Cadet and Junior divisions. Cadets shoot at 60m and Juniors shoot at 70m.
We moved up to the 40m target and had to adjust her sight, but even with the sight at it’s limits, she wasn’t able to use it to aim at the target, she had to use it to aim at the trees way behind the target.
The angle of her bow means she is shooting in an arc to reach 40m. The sight is also practically useless for this distance. I think she would have to increase the draw weight of her limbs to shoot 40m with less arc and that would probably be another increase to get to 60m. With this information, it doesn’t look like we would be getting much out of the USAT Qualifiers this year and will consider Outdoor Nationals where she can shoot at 30m.
The younger one is doing pretty well shooting with her (left) hand me down kit (Hoyt Grand Prix Horizon Pro 25″ – still available even with model year turn over) and with a splash of black accessories, the bow doesn’t look like it used to when the older one used it for a palette of ocean colors.
But wait, who is that in the background? Have we found a home for her right handed bow?
We have a safe place to practice near the house and that means more repetitions even though the range doesn’t provide longer distances.
Her shorter distance really improves her grouping.