WOW. Today was crazy. Things were going well, we were about an hour from our hotel for the night and then Dad said “UH OH.” In my opinion, that is never good! If you know about Kevin, you know he is pretty tough. This seemed to even have him scratching his head and mom was trying hard not to cry. I was thinking that for some reason, New Mexico just hates me. We end up pulled over on the side of the road and waiting. Someone was supposed to come and then didn’t. Let’s just say there was a lot of praying between the three of us. Then all of a sudden there was another person coming and I think that is who we were supposed to meet. They are the nicest family with the cutest kids EVER. They helped us get things figured out and get us to a hotel for a night. We will only end up being a little later than expected to Arizona. The people at La Quinta were all “You stay with La Quinta all the time, you have points for a free night.” That was awesome. Ortega’s should know in the morning about our car and we are all saying more prayers and crossing fingers.
If for some reason you are coming through Santa Rosa, NM and you need help on your car, please call the Ortega’s. They like archery peeps!
Kind of a bonus is we are chilling in our room before we would have checked in further down the road AND we are going to eat at a historic Route 66 restaurant for dinner. Remember, look at the bright side!
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!