Monthly Archives: January 2013

Compound Kevin

Hey, this is Kevin.  IMAG0767

You may have seen me in recurveemma videos and funny pictures before. I figured I would start a page since Emma is getting questions about compound shooting and I have decided to start competing myself. I am a compound shooter from way back. I started shooting with a Bear recurve in 1978 when I was 13. I updated to a Bear White Tail Hunter in the 80’s and have been shooting compound ever since.

I have been hunting and trapping since I was 8. Growing up in a super rural town in the hills of Virginia there was little else to do. I have been hunting in Canada and several states here over the years. I shot competitive 3D archery from 1990 to 1994.IMAG0721

I did a 4 year tour in the U.S. Army from 1984 to 1988. I enlisted in the Army for a second time in 2003 and honorably discharged in 2009. During my second enlistment I deployed to Afghanistan with The Special Operations Command and was injured in combat. I am now classified with the Veteran Administration as disabled as a result of multipleIMAG0297 injuries.

I will be blogging here to answer questions about compound shooting and about returning to the compound archery competitive environment with disabilities.  Looking forward to hearing from you here or on Twitter.

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My Week at JDT Camp

Wow!

 

To say that this week was crazy would not even describe it.  I was so excited and I was so busy, I am sure I missed something.  We got up first thing in the morning to exercise and we didn’t head back to our dorm until 9 at night!  If you counted all the band work and light bow work as “arrows shot” it would easily be over 500 a day.

I learned so much stuff and it is important for you guys to know that the food was AWESOME.  I ate so much stuff and it was all so good.  I am posting my notes below for the week and you will see a lot about the food.  LOL.  Unless I worked so hard that I completely forgot.  That did happen!2013-01-179517.12.38

 

 

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We did some cool team building stuff and I will tell you guys more about that later for sure.  It was so much fun.

My notes are below that I kept in a journal.  I know they jump around and aren’t complete sentences but I had to hurry and write at different times when I had a few minutes to do them.  I promise I will work on a post this week that is what I LEARNED because there was A LOT of it.  I just wanted to get something posted for you to read because I know there will be questions.

 

Thanks for all the messages and nice things you said while I was working.  You guys are awesome.  🙂

 

Emma’s JDT Log

1/13/2013

 

Open shooting today with coaches’ assessment

 

Food:  salad w/ pork chops and crackers

 

Team building:  rock paper scissors-archers against coaches

 

1/14/2013

 

We did angular rotation drills and bow arm lifts.  My assessment for today was I need to change my set up position and hook on the string.

 

Food:  breakfast-Strawberry and blueberry waffles, eggs, granola, milk  lunch-turkey, pasta, corn with Powerade and water  dinner-carnitas with Powerade and water and ice cream for dessert

 

Coaches Watson, Laney and Lee told me today that my fingertab needs to be cut

 

Coach Lee said I was putting too much pressure on my index finger so we worked on that.

 

Today we got up at 6:00 AM and by the time we were done getting ready it was time for cardio—worked out with elliptical and played an archery version of volleyball and did stretches (lunges, etc.) then change clothes and ate breakfast.

 

Then we shot for 4 hours straight J

 

Crazy people…yessss we know

 

And before we started shooting we did team building.

 

At lunch, our Team Building leader Fernando sat down at our table and we placed a game similar to telephone but on paper with pictures.

 

After lunch, we shot again for 4 hours straight!  J

 

Ha, ya I know what you are thinking this is crazy but it is called dedication and after that was dinner and now I am in study hall/goal setting seminar for 2 hours.  One hour is for schoolwork and one hour for goal setting.

 

Funnnn!

 

Yes I did mention Coach Lee in there. He is awesome.  I also got to meet Coach White who is Lee Ford’s coach!  Woot!

 

SOOOOO much band work…

 

1/15/2013

 

No drills besides band work and lightweight bows.

 

I made progress and even Coach Lee said it was good!

 

Food:  breakfast-I had ham, pancakes, a muffin and chocolate milk  lunch-grilled chicken, fries, small salad and I don’t remember what I ate for dinner, hahaha!

 

Coach Lee is doing NTS 101 tonight so there I will probably  take notes

 

Today I  mainly worked on my grip and anchor/transfer

 

1/16/2013

 

We did band work and light bow and our own bows and from all the band work, I did get bloody knuckles.  FUN.  I am doing a lot better and making progress

 

Food:  breakfast-bacon, eggs, hash browns, chocolate milk  lunch-tomato basil chicken, French bread, salad, multi grain rice and a Coca-Cola  dinner-pork tenderloin, baked potato, salad, rice pilaf and ice cream

 

Today Amanda W spoke to us about nutrition

 

I worked on coiling properly with my actual bow and I have to get a 1/8” blue band because my orange one is too heavy—should be lighter than bow poundage

 

1/17/2013

 

Today I started to use my new finger tabs which were awesome and we scored another round today.  I got 20 points higher with my new form so I really am excited to keep using this form and increasing my score when I get sighted in at multiple distances so I’m excited for that!

 

1/18/2013

 

Today we played a game called King of the Hill.  It started off like OR rounds then we move around depending on if you won or lost.

 

Food:  breakfast: French toast, turkey bacon, eggs and chocolate milk  lunch-grilled chicken, French fries, Powerade  dinner-rotisserie chicken, garlic mashed potatoes, biscuit and water

 

 

My First Product Review

Watch out, two videos in one week!

Hopefully, you guys get something out of this.  It is a really cool backpack and I am hoping that you look at it and think, “Hey, I want to get one of those!’  The people at Legend Archery are really nice.

If you are interested in getting one of these, email Lancaster Archery HERE and tell them you would like to buy a Legend Archery Akiles Backpack!

Here you go:

Video Blog 1

Shout out to the most awesome JDT coach @archerwatson and as you can see by the blog, I am SUPER EXCITED about getting to work with her for a week.

Mom was laughing so hard when she was making this video that she started crying.  I wasn’t trying to be funny really but I did have her put a gag reel at the back of some of the things she cut out.  I guess next time, I need to write a script but HEY I am only 12!

I hope you like it.

Funny Picture of the Week

Masa tie

 

I have more than one funny picture this week so we will start with this one above.  Her name is Masa and she is my oldest girl cat.  My sister got to visit a few days over the holiday and she brought ties that she forced her cats to wear.  While Masa does look pretty cranky, she is like Grumpy Cat and that is her every day face.  She is old and mostly angry at other animals in the house everyday.  She wants to be left alone and sit in her dads lap every day, period.

Part of what we did this weekend involved learning to throw knifes.  YES REALLY.  🙂  I know it sounds crazy but my dad is really good with different kinds of weapons and mom got him a target for knifes and some different kinds of throwing knifes to learn because its something he always wanted to do.  We didn’t know it at the time but my sister also had bought him some Batarangs so of course, I had to try those:

knife throwing

 

That was pretty funny.  There was lots of laughing and lots of mom worrying which also made us laugh.  What you don’t see is all the blankets and cardboard around to protect us and the knifes when we through them.  It really was safe and NO I didn’t throw it at my archery target you see in the picture with me.  Different kind of target needed!

There were more posted to my Tumblr of cats in ties and knife throwing if you want to see them.

I hope every one had a happy NEW YEAR!