The tournament I was going into was three days but two different tournaments. JOAD Indoor was one day and US Indoor was two days. Going into the tournament I was really confident I was going to do well. When I got up on the line, I was shooting next to my friends from my club. This was good and bad. It was good because I had the comfort of my friends but bad because they were also distractions. I finished and thought I did well.
The second day went about the same. I wasn’t feeling really good when I was traveling up to the tournament and it seemed like it might be going away. After the tournament the second day, I went with a friend to Mall of America. We shopped and rode roller coasters then went back to the hotel. I woke up the next day feeling really bad with a lot of pressure in my ears. I knew I still had to shoot. I was trying to get in the mental state for shooting but it just wasn’t working. When we arrived and I shot, I just couldn’t concentrate. I wasn’t able to focus on shooting; I was just focusing on being sick. After the tournament was over, I had shot my lowest score of the three days. It was disappointing.
After the official scores were posted from all the regions, I didn’t do as well as I wanted, but I felt good about where I placed. I have been working with my coaches since the last JDT camp on completely changing my form and I can see the progress but I still have a few months before I get it perfect.
LESSON LEARNED: Now I know to load up on Vitamin C the week BEFORE tournaments!
JOAD – Placed 23rd out of 68 people
US Nationals – Placed 19th out of 54
My goal was to place top 50% so I got that, good starting place and it helps me know what I need to focus on in training!