I was enjoying myself, back in the paddock where I'd taken the beginner's course about 18 months ago. Shooting at 30 metres and feeling not too bad, but then by about the end of the 4th or 5th dozen my left shoulder started going numb again, and pain started to shoot down my neck. I knew I would have to cut today short, and in the end I managed 8 dozen arrows (with 2 dozen warm ups).
All in all I have to feel happy with the amount, even if the scores are going backwards and my bow holding arm is getting more shaky by the session.
Today was hot, very hot! OK so it was the day before the UK broke all kinds of July records, so it wasn't super hot, but it was still hot!
Sadly my shooting wasn't so hot, but at least I felt OK enough to shoot 10 dozen arrows (as well as 2 dozen warm ups), at 30 yards.
I feel like I'm stagnating, or even going backwards, but I suspect that I'm starting to put too much pressure on myself, for no good reason, and I just need to relax a bit more :)
I didn't feel totally right on my way to the club today, just one of those days where I felt like I was going out of habit, rather than for fun.
Sadly this mindset led me to experiencing what I class as a bad shooting day, no end ever felt quite right, even though my scores were OK and normally I'd have been happy with most of them.
I experienced a gamut of ends, with a bounce out, a miss and another when my bow caught on my shirt sleeve as I released, leading to a miss, everything just felt off. Because of that I limited myself to just 10 ends, instead of my usual 20. I then ended up vacuuming and mopping the club house (and enjoyed doing so more than my shooting!)
Things seemed to be going well, and because of that I felt I needed to go again, and so I did.
I know that not every visit will see an improvement, but this trip proved very satisfying and once again a marked improvement was found.
To say I was chuffed to bits with this visit would be an understatement, I hit my best ever 6 arrows (a 55), scoring 4 10s.
I am a realist though, and right now I just want to try and keep an average of 7+ per arrow overall.The more I'm hitting red the happier I will be, gold can wait, but still too many slip into black, and even more into blue, but that's life!
That all said, I'm acutely aware that if I do start/continue to improve then things will only get harder, and I'll no doubt become more frustrated on the visits where the scores go backwards! That, though, is a concern for another time, right now I'm going to enjoy my 55!
It turned out that my first visit went better than I had hoped, and due to my work schedule I was able to visit again the same week.Could I continue my good work(in my own opinion!) from the first visit? Would it all go to crap?
Thankfully it went even better than I hoped and I actually saw an improvement on my previous visit's scores.
After a long delay caused by a combination of terrible weather in June and also my shoulder injru coming back with a vengeance, I was finally able to go and shoot
After 4 warm up ends I decided to start a blog and chart my progress, or lack thereof!
To attempt to make each shoot comparable, I've decided on trying to shoot 10 dozen arrows in a visit. I'll then average up the scores and work out a an arrow average too. In addition I'll add photos so I can review my grouping as well as my scores.Typically I'll be trying to stick to either 30yards or 30 metres, depending which lane is available.
This is mainly for my own benefit, but if a single other person finds it remotely interesting then fair play!
In short I'll mostly just use this to chart how I'm getting on and whether or not I'm starting to improve.