Hey guys! Mom had to do another video project for class so we decided to try to break down the shot cycle for those of you who have been asking. Hopefully you find something useful in it and can use it when practicing your band work or shooting, just rewind as many times as you need to (that’s the great thing about YouTube!).
Unfortunately for me, my coach returned from a new NTS module where the shot cycle has been further refined so that means learning the changes and new form again. Once I get back from JDT camp in January and have a chance to understand where those subtle changes would affect the video, I will post an update to it for you.
This year, Thanksgiving started the same way as always, Dad makes French toast and mom starts on sides for lunch. Every year at the beginning of November, we sit down at dinner and plan what everyone wants. Sometimes we do non-traditional stuff like Italian food which is fun. This year we decided to make ham and save the turkey to make when my brother and sister can be here closer to Christmas. Since they are grown ups, sometimes they have to go by their work schedule.
After breakfast we watch the Macys Thanksgiving parade and then the Dog Show. In between we pile our plates high with all our favorites. My favorite is Lady and Sons Cheesy Mac. If you don’t know Lady and Sons, maybe you know Paula Deen? Mom isn’t allowed to make any other recipe, it has to be hers! I got to go eat in her restaurant in Savannah, its one of moms favorite places, and everything is delicious.
Every thing was going as normal and we were trying to decide on what movie marathon to do and mom said “Emma, I got an email…”
I really don’t remember much after that. See just a few days earlier, mom got an email that a short Junior Dream Team camp would be held in Colorado Springs at the USA Archery facility. I applied but I wasn’t sure if I would be one of the first ten to get an invite. That was the greatest email ever! I was selected to attend so I will be training with the US Archery Olympic coaching staff for an entire week!
Isn’t that crazy?
I still can’t believe it. I had to sit down with my parents and my coach to figure out my training from now until then. You have to shoot 150-200 arrows a day. I feel certain I can already do this. I have been doing 100 a day for a long time. I went up to 125 for two weeks and now I am going to 150 a day for a couple of weeks. I will move up to 175 after that and be shooting 200 arrows a day for a full week before going. It seems like a lot but I break it up. I get up at 530 everyday to shower and then I shoot for an hour or so blank bale in my garage. After school I finish up my remaining arrows at the indoor range. It for a by faster than you would think but it takes about three to four hours total.
I am going to try to write in a journal every night so when I get back mom and I can let you guys know all the cool stuff. If I can use my cell phone, I may text mom some pictures that she will post to my Tumblr and Twitter in case you want to follow me at one of those places too.
I am so excited!
What questions do you want me to try to get answered for you while I am there?
Hey guys! I have a blog post that mom will tomorrow. On Thanksgiving we got the email that I had secured one of the slots for the JDT Camp in Colorado Springs in January so its been a little crazy since. I am increasing my arrow count now so that by the time it comes to go, I won’t have any issue. I know the 100 I already shoot seems like a lot but in camp the expectation is 150-200 arrows a day. This week I started 150 and I will be doing that for the next three weeks and then bump up again.