Archery…

more than men in tights…

Another Sunday, another frostbite

This time nowhere near as cold.

Rolled up to the field at 10.30…late. Set up my bow, started shooting. Didn’t shoot well, got the odd ten, but mostly 7’s and 8’s, with the odd really bad one thrown in. I’ve forgotten my score, something in the 270-280 range.

As an argument for the defence, I was shooting arrows (Easton Navigator 610’s @ 29″) too stiff and shorter than the arrows I have been shooting indoors (Easton X7 1814s @ 29.5″)…so adjusted my clicker back…not perfect, but it will do until I get the time to sort it properly. There was a nasty gusting crosswind too…

Those are my excuses and I’m sticking to them. But on the plus side, I did shoot and I enjoyed it. I really must do it more often, time and tiredness allowing.

Next Saturday is a coaching morning, hopefully the person who coached me won’t be too angry if I’ve slipped.

It was a tad chilly

When I arrived at the field yesterday at 9.30am.

There was a frostbite planned, ten hardy souls, four bosses and seven dozen arrows. Oh yes, and bacon sandwiches.

The field was set up, tea and coffee distributed and away we went.

I was lucky in that a clubmate had returned some Navigators I had loaned her, so I had something to shoot in the wind that didn’t have 5″ feathers on them.

Since I had only shot these limbs indoors, I had no sight mark for 30M, the first arrow fell below and behind the boss, the second on the boss, but low, very low, third high and right…I got there in the end.

Then came the scoring arrows. I wasn’t sure what to expect, this was the first time I’d shot since the coaching morning several weeks ago. Would I remember what I was advised?

I was generally happy with my shooting, there were the odd few arrows that went horribly astray, at least two were down to the string contacting the sleeve of my sweatshirt.

When it went right, it went very right as evidenced by the 10,9,9,9,9,7 end I had, the 7 was high and slightly right. When it went wrong (aside from string catches) it went slightly wrong.

One thing I did notice was that towards the end of the shoot, my bow shoulder was starting to ache in the way that it always seems to. I was told what I need to do to stop this…and I can’t for the life of me remember what it is.

Given that

  • I haven’t shot for 3-4 weeks
  • I was shooting arrows that are almost certainly the wrong spine and shorter than those I have been using indoors – thus the clicker was useless to me
  • It was fecking freezing
  • I haven’t shot seven dozen arrows in 18+ months

I am very pleased with my result, not last 😉

One less bow to suck with

I have finally shifted the bow I’ve tried to sell, succeeded in selling and then had to refund the buyer on because he can’t read ALL of a listing on eBay. I will be saying goodbye to it tomorrow. To be honest, good riddance, if I intend to get to a reasonable level with my recurve I need to remove some of the distractions I have, bows/archery and otherwise.

I have said in the past that if my shooting doesn’t reach a reasonable level by tonight I will withdraw from the competition I have entered for the coming weekend, the Green Dragon Bowmen 500, well, all of you at Green Dragon can rest easy…I’ve cancelled my entry.

I’m not in the right frame of mind to contemplate scoring, let alone shooting in competition.

That’s three years in a row…maybe I should take up something less with less pressure on myself, like crochet.

Instead I will go to the club frostbite and see how badly I suck shooting fat arrows with big feathers outside in the wind and rain, where my fellow club members can continue to laugh at my expense. At least it will only be 3 dozen and will be over by midday, then I can go home and lick my wounds for a bit before visiting my parents.

Still, on the plus side, I’m not dead.