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!
I got my first “Five Questions” back from an Olympian! I hope you guys like it. I didn’t get to meet Jacob at the Texas Shootout because he was busy but it is cool that he was willing to answer questions for ME.
1. Do you use different arrows for indoor vs. outdoor? If so, what are the differences? I have used the same arrows for indoors that I use for outdoors (x10’s) and I have switched to aluminum arrows for indoors because they are a larger diameter. In my experience I shoot about the same scores either way. I think x10’s tend to be more forgiving but they don’t catch as many lines, while if I shoot aluminum arrows I will catch more lines but I’m more likely to have a flier. Because of that I have shot my x10’s more than my aluminum arrows for indoors because I’m more consistent.
2. Do you different string colors in different tournaments? If so, how do they help? I don’t use different color strings depending on the tournament. I have used black, red, blue, and white and honestly don’t have much of a preference. . . I have kind of settled on white. I put plenty of work into getting my bows to shoot exactly how I want them to, and once I get a setup working right I’m going to have more confidence shooting it exactly how it is, then if I switched the string based on conditions.
3. Did you always want to be an Olympian, if not, what did you want to be when you grew up? I didn’t always have my sights on the Olympics, but I also didn’t have something that I always wanted to do in place of the Olympics. What I did though is I’ve always believed that whatever I do I should do my very best, and so when I started shooting just for fun, I enjoyed it and gave my best, and that was when I shot compound archery in 3D tournaments. From there I became interested in Olympic archery from age 15 and gradually learned more about it and began competing with the recurve.
4. I have read that you used mosquitoes in training? How does this work and how does it help? Yes where I live in Ohio we have a lot of mosquitoes so I would get the bulk of my training done during the day when the mosquitoes weren’t out as much so I could make the most improvements on my technique. But at the end of the day when I was already tired and it was difficult to make a good shot as it was, the mosquitoes would arrive, and I intentionally continued shooting with mosquitoes all over me because my physical exhaustion combined with the mosquitoes forced me to learn how to focus on my technique and still shoot a good shot, it taught me how to have more control over my body when my body wanted to do anything but what I was telling it.
5. Since you have gone through trials more than once, what have you learned in the process that helps you each time? I think the most important thing when shooting Olympic Trials is to go out there and give it your best without worrying about where you stand and the best way to do that is to have already put in the work and gained the knowledge of how to compete at a high level. If you know how to shoot your shot, you know how to shoot the scores that you need to be competitive at that level, and you know how to keep your mind focused on that during the competition, then you can go out there and give it your best and all of that can be prepared for. If your technique needs work then you work on your technique, and if you need to be able to focus better when the conditions are difficult, your heart’s pounding and maybe you’re shaking more than normal, then be creative and figure out ways that you can teach yourself to focus more. On top of that is my faith though, and the most important thing for me to remind myself is that I’m a Christian and because of what Jesus has done for me I’m saved for eternity, and that he has promised to work all things together for good, for those who have put their faith in Him. So whether I’m competing in the Olympic Trials and my health is struggling, or right now I’m trying to figure out an occupation, or really whatever situation I find myself in and whether the results are what I had wanted or not, my focus is on the fact that He is in control and can be glorified through the results, and that is what’s most important to me during the trials.
This week I have been trying to do a lot and I am running behind some. What I was able to help mom finish is a short film she had to do for school for her film class. It is about me and my step-dad Kevin. It is about some personal stuff but we have talked about him being a disabled Vet before but this tells you a little bit more of what happened when we met. I hope you like it!
To say that this week was crazy would not even describe it. I was so excited and I was so busy, I am sure I missed something. We got up first thing in the morning to exercise and we didn’t head back to our dorm until 9 at night! If you counted all the band work and light bow work as “arrows shot” it would easily be over 500 a day.
I learned so much stuff and it is important for you guys to know that the food was AWESOME. I ate so much stuff and it was all so good. I am posting my notes below for the week and you will see a lot about the food. LOL. Unless I worked so hard that I completely forgot. That did happen!
We did some cool team building stuff and I will tell you guys more about that later for sure. It was so much fun.
My notes are below that I kept in a journal. I know they jump around and aren’t complete sentences but I had to hurry and write at different times when I had a few minutes to do them. I promise I will work on a post this week that is what I LEARNED because there was A LOT of it. I just wanted to get something posted for you to read because I know there will be questions.
Thanks for all the messages and nice things you said while I was working. You guys are awesome. 🙂
Emma’s JDT Log
Open shooting today with coaches’ assessment
Food: salad w/ pork chops and crackers
Team building: rock paper scissors-archers against coaches
We did angular rotation drills and bow arm lifts. My assessment for today was I need to change my set up position and hook on the string.
Food: breakfast-Strawberry and blueberry waffles, eggs, granola, milk lunch-turkey, pasta, corn with Powerade and water dinner-carnitas with Powerade and water and ice cream for dessert
Coaches Watson, Laney and Lee told me today that my fingertab needs to be cut
Coach Lee said I was putting too much pressure on my index finger so we worked on that.
Today we got up at 6:00 AM and by the time we were done getting ready it was time for cardio—worked out with elliptical and played an archery version of volleyball and did stretches (lunges, etc.) then change clothes and ate breakfast.
Then we shot for 4 hours straight J
Crazy people…yessss we know
And before we started shooting we did team building.
At lunch, our Team Building leader Fernando sat down at our table and we placed a game similar to telephone but on paper with pictures.
After lunch, we shot again for 4 hours straight! J
Ha, ya I know what you are thinking this is crazy but it is called dedication and after that was dinner and now I am in study hall/goal setting seminar for 2 hours. One hour is for schoolwork and one hour for goal setting.
Yes I did mention Coach Lee in there. He is awesome. I also got to meet Coach White who is Lee Ford’s coach! Woot!
SOOOOO much band work…
No drills besides band work and lightweight bows.
I made progress and even Coach Lee said it was good!
Food: breakfast-I had ham, pancakes, a muffin and chocolate milk lunch-grilled chicken, fries, small salad and I don’t remember what I ate for dinner, hahaha!
Coach Lee is doing NTS 101 tonight so there I will probably take notes
Today I mainly worked on my grip and anchor/transfer
We did band work and light bow and our own bows and from all the band work, I did get bloody knuckles. FUN. I am doing a lot better and making progress
Food: breakfast-bacon, eggs, hash browns, chocolate milk lunch-tomato basil chicken, French bread, salad, multi grain rice and a Coca-Cola dinner-pork tenderloin, baked potato, salad, rice pilaf and ice cream
Today Amanda W spoke to us about nutrition
I worked on coiling properly with my actual bow and I have to get a 1/8” blue band because my orange one is too heavy—should be lighter than bow poundage
Today I started to use my new finger tabs which were awesome and we scored another round today. I got 20 points higher with my new form so I really am excited to keep using this form and increasing my score when I get sighted in at multiple distances so I’m excited for that!
Today we played a game called King of the Hill. It started off like OR rounds then we move around depending on if you won or lost.
Food: breakfast: French toast, turkey bacon, eggs and chocolate milk lunch-grilled chicken, French fries, Powerade dinner-rotisserie chicken, garlic mashed potatoes, biscuit and water
I have more than one funny picture this week so we will start with this one above. Her name is Masa and she is my oldest girl cat. My sister got to visit a few days over the holiday and she brought ties that she forced her cats to wear. While Masa does look pretty cranky, she is like Grumpy Cat and that is her every day face. She is old and mostly angry at other animals in the house everyday. She wants to be left alone and sit in her dads lap every day, period.
Part of what we did this weekend involved learning to throw knifes. YES REALLY. 🙂 I know it sounds crazy but my dad is really good with different kinds of weapons and mom got him a target for knifes and some different kinds of throwing knifes to learn because its something he always wanted to do. We didn’t know it at the time but my sister also had bought him some Batarangs so of course, I had to try those:
That was pretty funny. There was lots of laughing and lots of mom worrying which also made us laugh. What you don’t see is all the blankets and cardboard around to protect us and the knifes when we through them. It really was safe and NO I didn’t throw it at my archery target you see in the picture with me. Different kind of target needed!
There were more posted to my Tumblr of cats in ties and knife throwing if you want to see them.
I hope every one had a happy NEW YEAR!
This is my funny picture because, well, LOOK AT HOW TINY I WAS!
It is just really weird because it seems like forever ago that I got that first bow from my step-dad. It probably would have been way easier on my parents if they HAD NOT let me have a bow because now its much more complicated and expensive, but I am so glad they did. I can’t imagine ever having a day when I didn’t pick up a bow to shoot!
This Saturday I went to a Halloween party with fellow JOAD archers at our club. There were games, food and fun. I dressed up as the girl from the Gangnam style and I got a friend to dress up as Psy. We were dancing the whole night, it was really fun. After the costume contest we are told to go to the front of the room and dance. It was unexpected but we did it anyway. Then everybody went crazy and started dancing then we danced the night away.
When I first got interested in shooting, my parents told me that I had to learn about things so that I could make the best decisions. Part of that was setting goals for myself of what I wanted to do and learning about the best kinds of equipment.
So, I started asking questions. This is my first blog of research about PSE.
This summer, I got to meet the awesome Lee Ford when the Paralympians where here to train. When my parents came to pick me up, I had notes I took about all the questions I asked everyone. The reason what Lee said was so important to me because I had never had someone explain equipment the way she did. Usually people say stuff about how their bow is the greatest bow in the world but not every person can use the same bow. Some things are better for others but Lee talked about why, as a female, she feels the PSE bow was better for her.
I sent Lee an email to ask permission to put her story on this blog because there are people new to archery that read this and are trying to learn. This is what Lee said:
“I had started shooting an Optima when loaned one by a fellow Kennesaw Archery Club member and liked the PSE a lot. I had the opportunity to buy a PSE X-Factor from another club member and did so, since the Optima had treated me so well. One day with my coach, this same club member and I were shooting and he was complaining about how much poundage he was shooting to get to 70 meters, but I was shooting much less poundage, about 6-8 and not having a problem and told them so. We took off all my equipment from my PSE and put it on the other riser. Turns out now I couldn’t reach 70 meters anymore either! We put everything back on the PSE X-Factor, exact same limbs, limb bolt settings and I again can shoot 70 meters. We realized that the ratio from the arrow rest to the sight bar screws was better for someone with a smaller face or a woman, since they would not have to shoot as much poundage to shoot 70 meters and keep their shoulders safe and a strong form and not have to struggle.”
Cool, right? I sent a letter to PSE after I talked to her because of everything she had told me about how great the bow was. I asked them to tell me what they look for in someone that will be one of their Pros so I can use that to set some goals for myself. The super cool Bobby Vargas wrote me back, this is what he said:
“Being a part of the team requires a lot of hard work and dedication to the sport and to the brand. We look for shooters that participate in as many events as possible and help to introduce new people to the sport. We need shooters that are willing to take the time to speak to other archers about PSE equipment and the company. Our staff is also required to help drive sales through their local PSE retailers. Your job as a Pro Shooter is not only to always perform to the best of your abilities, but also to help grow the sport and the PSE name. In order to be a factory sponsored Pro Shooter you are expected to do this AND perform well at top level events.”
Did you guys know all of that? I think a lot of people think “oh if I win this and that, I can be sponsored as a Pro” but really, you have to be able to talk to people. If you are afraid to be in front of people, you will have to get over that quickly!
After my experience in Texas this year, I know for sure what my goals are for next year but I do think I want to bow hunt with a compound. (Right now, all my field and 3D tournaments are with my recurve.) I think PSE has a lot to offer on both kinds. For a long time, I have been speaking with Paige Pearce at events. She is always kind and will answer questions and sign anything I ask her to. After I got the email back from Mr. Vargas, I thought I would ask her what she would say about her bow in case anyone is looking for a new compound. This is what Paige said about hers:
“PSE is the smoothest and most forgiving bow I have ever shot! When you add the fact that the PSE’s are among the fastest bows on the market, you just can’t go wrong.”
Paige uses different ones for hunting and competition. I think this is what I have to do, the more competitions I go to. What I need set up for Olympic competition is completely different from the other stuff I like to do and I don’t want to give anything up. Equipment is expensive but I think if you want to do things well, eventually that is what you end up doing.
Have any of you shot PSE bows? What kind and is it recurve or compound? Can you tell me what your experience with them is? This is important research!
This isn’t necessarily “funny” as much as it is cool. When I went to the Vegas shoot this year (I won 3rd place!), I got to meet Andre Agassi and get his autograph. He was super nice but I didn’t really know at first that he was such a big deal. I found that out because of my mom. The funny part was her reaction to this photo. She lost it and then wished she had been able to go with me. I had to travel without my parents to Vegas to go with Coach Bill and the team but mom lost it when she found out. Turns out to mom, Andre Agassi is a really big deal! After meeting him, I can see why. He was professional but also very kind and does a lot of really cool stuff for kids in Las Vegas. That’s the kind of person I want to be.
The other day my sister sent my Mom a screen shot of something she saw after the Texas Shoot Out. THAT’S ME IN THE MIDDLE WITH BRADY! I was a little excited about this but it is also weird. I don’t have a Facebook because I am too young but I do have a Tumblr or Twitter if you have those. On my blog here, I write articles for Mom to post and she puts them up with the pictures. On my Tumblr, that is where more real-time stuff goes…when I am practicing, competing or just being 12. Those posts are different content if you are interested in following me there too. Those are set to post directly to my Twitter as well. On Twitter is normally where I talk to people in archery and ask for advice so you will see that along with Tumblr posts. I hope you like them all, I try to make them different!
So again, YEAH I WAS ON THE USA ARCHERY FACEBOOK PAGE! Thank you to anyone who came over to check my site out from their page. There are people from a lot of countries and I think this is just AWESOME.