Outdoor Nationals 2016

 

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Me with my coach, Amanda Kaminski

Official Practice Day

The night before practice, after a lot of questions and thinking, we realized that I may be ambidextrous.  This may seem like no big deal outside of archery, but this could explain issues I have been having when I get tired and my arrow tend to hit to the right of the target.  In order to compensate, I need to cover one eye during shooting.  This will be the first tournament in which I have done that so I was stressing about it a bit as I went to sleep.

Arriving to the practice field I was a little nervous at first because I had to try shooting with sunglasses with one side blocked out. The reason for the sunglasses was because every time I would practice my shots would consistently go right no matter how much I moved my sight so we thought it might be a result of an eye dominance problem.  When we got to the field I went to go find a target to set up at and thankfully I had my coach’s help so we could figure out what was going wrong. While I was shooting my coach and I noticed my arrows were more centered so we decided I should give the sunglasses a shot for the tournament.

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First Qualification Day

When I got up the day of qualification I was excited to see my friends and interested to see how the sunglasses would work out. As I was warming up with the 3 practice ends given I felt confident and I was ready to get started. Throughout the tournament my shoulder muscles continued to get more tired because of my previous shoulder injury but I managed to power through and ended up with no misses in a really long time. My scores were 255 and 232.

Second Qualification Day

The next morning, I woke and my shoulders were extremely sore but I knew I could get through it. I was bummed out to be sore but I have been unable to exercise the muscles for several months so they were weak.  Even though I ended up with two misses (that were just because I dropped my arm and they both landed in the same spot right outside of the 1 ring) I still managed a 232 and a 217.   This felt like a win for me because I figured out the issue of going to the right, as well as having sore muscles and no longer any pain.

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Team Rounds

I did not make it to eliminations because my scores were too low but that meant I would get to straight to team rounds, which is my favorite part of the tournament. Team rounds are always fun to me and this time I didn’t know anyone on my team so that meant new friends. One of the girls on my team had never shot team rounds before so we had to help her out and coach her through it she was a little nervous which affected her shooting which was totally fine because team rounds are just for fun and we had fun for sure.

Overall, I was happy with what I learned.  Once back home, I cranked my limbs up a couple of pounds so that I can strengthen the muscles.  I am looking forward to shooting over the fall where I can see the results of the hard work.  Finally I feel like I am making progress!

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