WOW! This couple of months have been crazy. After camp I went into changing up my training, added in an archery class and going to JOAD/US Indoor Nationals. A ton of great things happened and I am working on a blog post about that and a video about what I learned in camp this January. In two weeks I go to State Nationals and NFAA sectionals so I am working on what I learned and adding it to my training routine.
I promise this week I will get caught up. I am very thankful for all the nice messages I received while I was at Nationals and I am looking forward to what this year has in store for me!
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!
Going 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.
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.
Even 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.
The 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.
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.
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!
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?
Okay, 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. 🙂
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!
I started a list of the stuff I am working on and realized that is going to more than one video! Make sure that you stay for the funny bits at the end. 🙂
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!
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!
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.
Little Tea Pot song (Archery)
some of you guys had questions, hopefully this explains it all