I hope everyone’s holiday break was amazing! I spent Christmas with my favorite Marvel character so that was pretty awesome. 🙂
I am getting ready to head to JDT camp in Colorado Springs as an invitee next week. I will be keeping a journal as usual to let you guys know what new stuff I learn. Are there any new questions you might have? Anything you want me to find out for you?
I am excited!
I don’t know about where you live but it is HOT here in Florida. I am having to shoot earlier and earlier just so I can get through it relatively comfortably. The past two months have flown by with tournaments, finals and now training for Ohio!
This might have been my favorite tournament so far only because I didn’t have to travel far and I got to meet one of my Tumblr friends, @juliaarchery ! I got my highest score so far so it felt good to finally be going back up after so many changes.
This tournament had a lot of wind like Arizona! I kept feeling weird about my form because I am working on some changes and it took me a while to get into a rhythm. On one shot I had a miss because of some weird thing I did in my release and it cost me points I REALLY wanted. With all my difficulties, I managed to keep my score about where I was before so I know, in theory, I am progressing. I also got an Instagram and took my first end of tournament selfie with my target friends. Archery is so awesome. 🙂
So now I am working on everything and I went down to a lower poundage and up into a better arrow/vane combination for me (I think.) One of the things I have learned in the past couple of years is that what works for one person may not be what works for you. It’s a big learning curve because you may think you are doing fine and then you learn more stuff and its like BAM! I wish I had known everything I know now when I first started!
Looking forward to seeing you guys in Ohio and Texas. Who is going?
A couple of weeks ago, I was very lucky that my mom got to host a NERF Rebelle Party from House Party! I had my friends come over for a sleep over and at the last-minute it decided to RAIN. What to do? We made a shooting range in the garage!
We had so much fun! We put on pink and orange warpaint and shot for two hours. My mom had games and competitions for us to try and it was FUN. The different shooters are the Heartbreaker, the Crush Blaster and the Power Pack. The Power Pack were the easiest use and the one most everyone liked to shoot the most. I liked the bow (of course) but it takes a little bit more technique. It shoots so far! I would recommend them, I think its fun and there was a lot of laughing.
I have a new Five Questions and its with an Olympian! Butch Johnson has competed in five Olympics, isn’t that so cool? I hope you learn something from him today, I know I did!
1. You have been a successful shooter for much longer than most. What are the top three things that you credit to your successful archery career?
I would say, first, love for the sport. I still enjoy archery, it’s still fun for me. If it stopped being fun, I’d stop shooting, but I still enjoy practicing and competing. Second, a willingness to practice. Without the willingness to put the time in, it would be hard for anyone to be competitive. And third, having a place to practice and a work schedule that allows me the time to train.
2. What things have you noticed that have significantly changed in archery since your first Olympics?
The main thing I’ve noticed is that the world has gotten better. Yes, equipment has improved in some ways and technology has benefited the sport, but in general, more countries have invested more money into training athletes and growing the sport. This is resulting in countries that were completely not competitive twenty years ago being a major challenge now.
3. What kind of equipment do you use? What advantages do you feel you get from it?
Currently, I’m shooting a Win & Win Inno Max riser at 27”, with Win & Win EX Power limbs. I am using Easton X10 arrows, and have been shooting Sure-Loc sights for many years. My stabilizer setup is Doinker Estremos, and I am using BCY string. The best advantages anyone can get from their equipment come when they take the time to experiment – but only if they are shooting consistent groups to begin with. If the archer is shooting well enough to see a consistent group in the target, then small changes – bowstring material, number of strands, type of nock, point weight, etc. can potentially help improve the groups. But the archer has to be shooting consistently well enough first to notice the difference.
4. Do you think the technology advances in equipment have created better shooters or do you think it is still about mastery of the ideal form?
I do think it’s about mastering the form. At international competitions, you see many archers who are not necessarily using the latest and greatest bows but still shooting top scores versus the best archers in the world. In fact, many of today’s high end risers still have a lot in common with the best designs from ten plus years ago. In coaching, I see many archers who try to upgrade equipment, thinking it will make a huge difference in scores, but the reality is that perfecting the shooting form – which only comes from thoughtful and consistent practice – is what makes the scores. Equipment changes help, but only so much.
5. You have a chapter in Archery: The Ultimate Resource for Recurve and Compound Archers . I shot JOAD and US Nationals when I was sick and then was put on a bale with my best friend. It was VERY distracting. Can you talk about the importance of what you describe as “shooting your own game?”
Basically, I try to only focus on what is within my own control. For example, lots of people shoot elimination matches while thinking about their opponent’s scores. I try instead to only focus on the arrow that’s on my bow at that very moment. If you start thinking about your opponent, the weather, how you’re feeling, etc. you can become very distracted very quickly. Some people read, or listen to music between ends, and that helps them. For me, I really just try to keep my head in the game, take one step at a time, keep my mind clear, and focus on making good strong shots.
When I asked my mom if I could write a letter to Gatorade, the first thing she said was that they get a lot of letters and I couldn’t be upset if they didn’t answer. Because I had said something about the commercial many times, I had to think about it like maybe someone would read and remember something in my letter. If I didn’t get one back, I couldn’t get mad.
Well, I got a letter back!
I am so happy and it was an AWESOME letter and better than that, they said I could share some information here. There are some cool programs Gatorade has that you may not know about and my mom added links to them in case you want to check them out.
As I hope you can imagine, there are so many, in fact too many, deserving and exciting sports and athletes we’d like to highlight in our advertising as well as have a Gatorade presence on the sidelines. Although that’s impossible from a resource perspective, I can assure you that we’ll keep your comments in mind as we plan programs going forward.
With that said, I’d like to share some of current Gatorade initiatives we’re involved with that support and promote female athletics:
- Gatorade is a longstanding partner of the Women’s Sports Foundation, dedicated to advancing the lives of girls and women through sports and physical activity. Gatorade has played a major role in elevating that mission through programs we support such as “The Travel and Training Fund” and “Keep her in the Game.” The Travel & Training Fund provides direct financial assistance to aspiring athletes – in individual and team sports – with successful competitive records who have the potential to achieve even higher performance and rankings. These grants allow serious female athletes a chance to fulfill their potential on the regional, national or international level.
- Girls in the Game not-for-profit organization provides and promotes sports and fitness opportunities, nutrition and health education and leadership development to enhance the overall health and well-being of girls. Gatorade, a division of PepsiCo, has been a strong supporter of Girls in the Game since the organization’s inception 17 years ago. PepsiCo has been their top (“Champion”) corporate sponsor for several years.
Hopefully, these two examples, as well as the numerous female athletes we sponsor across a variety of sports, demonstrate our commitment to promoting and supporting women in sports here and abroad.
What I learned most from this is always ask questions. You never know when someone will answer with something amazing!
Now, who can help me do an archery clinic for Girls in the Game? HOW COOL WOULD THAT BE?!?!
So, awesome news…I AM MOVING TO FLORIDA! I changed my background to the beach scene to celebrate. I am very excited because this will allow me to work outside all year round. I will be shooting with Newberry JOAD and I took a picture so you can see the cool shooter shirts they have. It will have my last name on the back in a couple of days so please make sure to say “HI” if you see me at a tournament! I have some friends in the club already and my JDT coach, Diane Watson, works with them in person every month so it will be awesome to see her more frequently!
Hey guys! Check out this cool article featuring one my coaches MJ Rogers! This is on using Google Glass for coaching lessons and its limitations!