Happy New Year

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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!

 

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Texas Shootout 2014

Emma5Going to Texas I was really excited (like I am for every tournament) but especially for this one because some of my family from DFW came down for the weekend. I was really excited to see all the coaches and friends I have in the archery community.

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As I got prepared for the tournament both mentally and physically, the wind gusts started. At first I thought that this was no big deal because I had shoot in this weather all the time in Florida now. When I walked down to the target and realized only half my arrows hit the target I felt a little discouraged. Looking back at it now I shouldn’t have thought about it at all because it was only practice.

IMG_7111Even though I knew that, I kept getting down on myself. I realized that I have to work on that over the fall to improve for the next tournament. I am hoping that I have the opportunity to head to a Junior Dream Team camp so that I can get past the anxiety stuff.

Trouble in Ohio

emma1The US Nationals in Ohio was really fun but definitely not my best score wise. The wind was TERRIBLE and I had gone down in limb poundage because of a growth cycle making me pull too much. This resulted in my arrows being easier to blow all over the place. Another issue is I am having a problem with my release being inconsistent. That didn’t help in terms of score.emma3

 

I don’t want this to be a negative post though so lets focus on the positives. I hydrated and ate really well and if you have read any of my previous posts, you know that is something I have been working hard on because of how my very first Arizona Cup went. I worked on maintaining a positive attitude even though things were not going well. We learned a lot from a couple of coaches which was very helpful. I didn’t make it to eliminations and they canceled team rounds due to severe weather so the trip ended early for everyone.

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Now I am working on training for Texas Shootout and trying to work on my mental game. I hope that I get to see you guys there!

June Round Up

Whew!

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!

Gator Cup

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 ! gator cup 2 I got my highest score so far so it felt good to finally be going back up after so many changes.gator cup 3

State JOAD

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. state joad 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?

Arizona Cup Round Up

Arizona1Okay, I am trying to get my round ups posted before the next tournament! Since I only have a few days until Gator Cup I thought I should get this one done. 🙂

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Arizona Cup was awesome, as usual. I think it is my favorite tournament to shoot all year with Ohio being a close second. The weather was great and it was a little less hot than last year so that is always a plus.  The wind was NUTS but it always is so this is a great place to get some wind practice in!  I scored a little higher, not where I wanted to be, but I advanced further in the OR rounds so that is an improvement I will take! I met some really great people and there were SO many cool international teams that I got to watch. It’s awesome to see every year how the sport is growing at such a rapid rate.

 

I hope I will see some of you at Gator Cup!

 

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NERF Rebelle Party

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!

 

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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.

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Tournament Round Up

So much going on the last couple of weeks!  I know that things are about to get super crazy so I wanted to make sure to post the past two events since I missed doing that do to traveling!

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At JOAD Nationals in Snellville, GA I was glad to be there because I got to meet new people.  The first day I was so excited to shoot; I was ready and pumped up.  I found myself doing the right things and going through my process and in the correct timing more than previous shoots.  I was able to self-coach as well.  Both days this happened and I was proud of myself for reaching this point.  I didn’t shoot the highest score at this location (I think I was second) but I had so much fun!

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At State Indoor/NFAA Sectionals in Gainesville, FL I was excited to go shoot with my team and meat more people!  As I was shooting I realized I was going to fast and I had to slow down.  When I did, I shot very well.  I met new people and had a lot of fun!  Guess what?  I also broke 1000!  FINALLY MY SCORE IS GOING BACK UP AFTER BEING BROKEN DOWN LAST YEAR! It was only by five points but STILL, it made me really happy.

My Week at the Olympic Training Center

Photo from USA Archery
Photo from USA Archery

Last year when I got to go to camp, I thought it was the coolest thing that ever happened.  Getting the opportunity to return still feels that way.  Getting to meet new people and learn new skills is so helpful.  If you are interested in previous posts on the OTF facility in Colorado Springs and Chula Vista, check them out.  If you have a chance to attend a camp, I can recommend it!

 

Monday-

Today was a list day of work because it was the first day.  We shot a 300 round and I shot a 222 (blech).  After Coach Lee gave us updates on the NTS shooting system, we stopped and had lunch.  The coaches started rectification so the coaches could look at us and start working on what changes we need.  The big things that I need to work on are reaching barrel of the gun at set up and my motion from load to anchor.  I am assigned to Coach Alex Meyer and he is a great coach.  Throughout the day I shot 145 arrows.  I had so much fun because I got to see old friends and meet new ones.  When free time arrived we played a lot of games.  We played Apples to Apples and Knockout.

Arrow count:  145

Tuesday-

Today was so much fun!  We did a really good workout in PT today and after we ate delicious waffles.  After PT and breakfast we went back to rectification, which really went well.  I am now working on a better set to set up and load to anchor.  Overall I shot 206 arrows with a light bow and my bow.  After rectification we went to dinner then free time, which was followed by homework .  In free time I played card games with my friends then we did homework, SPTs and more homework (blech.) One of my favorite things is the Archer’s Teapot song!

It goes like this:

I’m a little teapot short and stout (this is where you get your posture for the shot)

Here is my handle (set up)

Here is my spout (extra set)

LOAD, ANCHOR, TRANSFER

Hear me shout! (expansion-holding)

Tip me over (Release)

And pour me out (Follow through count 1, 2, 3)

We had to do it way more than originally planned (he said 10 perfect ones) but we had to do it 30 or more because people weren’t synchronized or forgot follow through.  YOU THINK IT’S EASY, IT’S HARDER THAN IT SEEMS!  Hahaha.  I will do a video of this for you guys so you can see what I mean.

Arrow count:  206

Wednesday-

Today in PT I lead yoga with two other girls.  At breakfast I requested French toast!  I also had bacon, hash browns and eggs.  After breakfast we warmed up and did one arrow shoot offs at 18m which was so much fun!  Drawing a number out of a bag randomized one arrow shoot offs. I only lost 5 times out of a ton of tries.  I shot really well today and it was awesome.  That always makes things more fun.  We ate lunch and went back to the gym and played basketball.  As the coaches started arriving, some of them jumped in and played. It was hilarious.  Everyone played, complete with trash talking!  This was, in my opinion, the best part of the day.  It was super-duper fun!  After that we did team rounds and there was even more trash talking.  For the break, one of the coaches had the idea to do a dance competition and it wasn’t optional so I was like “I’m down.”  I WON AND FIRST PRIZE WAS REESE’S PIECES…Woot!  It was the most fun.  We played more games at night.

Arrow count:  181

Thursday-

I was the girl team leader for stretches all day today. It was amazing fun and the session was called the 12 days of Christmas.  It included:

  1. Sprints
  2. Burpees
  3. Squats
  4. Push Ups
  5. Jumps
  6. Bananas
  7. Toe Touches
  8. Sit Ups
  9. Lunges

10. Calf raises

11. Skater hops

12. High knees

You start over each time you add the next exercise, reps are associated with the number next to them.  For example, the first time you do 1 sprint, then you start over, 1 sprint, 2 burpees, start over, 1 sprint, 2 burpees, 3 squats, etc.  We doubled the amounts of Skater hops and high knees to 22 and 24 but you can customize it to your own workout.  After this we took a break for breakfast and the morning was all clicker drills.  After lunch we came back for more rectification.  I made a deal with my coach that if I could use perfect form and shoot in the yellow, I could change the song if I didn’t like it.  It was a good way to get what we both wanted and I won every time!  The rest of the day was rectification and dinner (with ice cream of course.

Arrow count:  211

Friday-

Today was the last day of camp.  We did another 300 round (I shot a 250) and more clicker drills.  In between everything we just worked on blank bale.  This day is always fun but also sad because I have to say good-bye.  Our coaches let us stay up playing games a little later because we were flying out the next morning.  We played a game called Paranoia, it was fun!

Arrow count: 165