I was really excited for Gator Cup because I get to see all my friends and meet new ones. Although I had just gone to the chiropractor, I didn’t know what to expect in terms of how my shoulder would feel. When I started shooting, I realized that I got tired after only two ends. I shot another one and I felt that my shoulders were really weak because the lack of practice and exercise. After practice, my family and I thought that it was just a matter of getting through the tournament.
On qualification day I stepped up and thought “Okay, Emma do your best.” (Which for me that meant getting through the tournament.) Once I was shooting, my shoulders got tired very fast, as expected, but by the end of the first half I wasn’t sure my shoulders could handle another 36 arrows. But, oh, I heard “There will be no break between the 36 arrows,” and I couldn’t help it but I said out loud “GREAT.” Once I realized there was no break, I crammed all the food in my mouth that I could and moved on with the tournament.
As you could’ve probably guessed, my score was not too great at this moment but I was having fun and that’s more important to me. Thankfully I was able to get through the tournament and some how I made it to elimination rounds. I woke up and my shoulders were really sore but I knew I could get through because it’s only 3 arrows instead of 6. It was funny because the girl that I was going against was on my target for qualification rounds. As I was shooting, my arrows were going all over the place because my shoulders were preventing me from executing proper form. In the end, the other shooter won but I was some what okay with it because I just got through the whole tournament.
I made new friends, which is always the best part of tournaments. Now I’m getting excited for Outdoor Nationals and hopefully I will be more prepared for that tournament now that my shoulder is starting to feel better.
I was excited for this tournament because I was ready to see all my friends since I didn’t go to Arizona Cup. When we arrived, the weather was perfect and there was barely any wind, I was ready to shoot! As I began shooting, I noticed my arrows were grouping to the right so I moved my sight because I knew it wasn’t the wind. Then I saw my arrows weren’t as tight as they should be which made me think. I realized that my form was not consistent enough because I wasn’t using my back every time. I worked on fixing that. My score wasn’t where I wanted it to be but I realized things on my own so I consider that a major achievement.
Youth World Trials-Day 2
This was a second day of shooting 72 arrows to combine with the first day in order to get a chance to make the Youth World team. I was able to get more sleep and I was feeling good but I realized I had been badly sunburned the day before. My mom had been on me about putting on the sunscreen but I didn’t do it when she said to. I wish I had remembered what happened that year in Arizona and maybe it would have helped me pay attention better. It is hard for sunburn to not be distracting. I shot about the same, talked it over with Kevin, and knew that I have to work on my consistency. When I shoot with the perfect form I have finally figured out for me, I shoot 9s and 10s. It is my goal this year to get better at always remembering that form.
Gator Cup Elimination Round-Day 3
I went into the 1/32 round feeling good about it. I like the OR part of tournaments but I still haven’t figured out how to not be overly excited. That is something I have to work on. I had a good time in my match and we went back and forth the whole time. There was a rain delay when we were at 5-3 so we sat for a long time waiting. Once we got started again, I won the match and tied. It came down to us being 5-5, a ONE ARROW SHOOT OFF. Try to stay calm during that? It isn’t easy. My sunburn is blisters at this point and making me miserable. There was ANOTHER rain break for even longer and I really thought that I wouldn’t be able to finish my match. Just when it seemed they would cancel everything entirely, the clouds broke open, the sun came out and we got another chance to finish! We finally got up on the line and were just about to shoot when some of my friends, too many of them, started cheering my name. It was weird. I was trying to stay calm and focus but they made me laugh. Here I was, two hours after a rain delay, trying to shoot one arrow with blistered sunburn. I couldn’t stop shaking! I finally shot and was too busy trying to drop the bow and see where I shot that I didn’t think about what that was going to do to the arrow. I SHOT A THREE. It was terrible. I didn’t think I had a shot but my opponent did the same thing! When we got to look closer, she had just broken the line into the four. I lost by one stinking point. It was a bummer but also funny. I spent the remainder of the afternoon cheering on the same friends that had done that for me.
All together, I accomplished a few things this time around. I know now that I am getting better at self-diagnosing problems. I also know I have to keep trying to get stronger and pull some more weight on my bow, with out sacrificing my form. I know I am on the right track and I have to exercise patience as things come along in their own time. That part is hard. I am looking forward to seeing my friends again this summer at Outdoor Nationals. Hopefully I will see more of you then!
Here is my next tournament round-up! I am back at home to pack up, move to Florida and then head to Ohio. Oh, and I still have to train! 🙂
I arrived to the field confident and ready to shoot. When we finished putting my bow together, I stretched and walked to the field just as they were closing it for an hour to finish set up. I decided to get my equipment inspected and go through registration. By the time I was finished, it was almost time for the field to open back up, so I sat down and waited. The field opened so I started to shoot and I shot really well and was ready for tournament day.
The day of the tournament I was going into it prepared mentally and physically; because I had listened to my music and got myself psyched up. It was 20 minutes before the tournament and I got my book and iPod out to spend my time reading and listening to music. It was down to one minute until we started so I got up and grabbed my bow. I shot my first end and my arrows were low so I moved my sight and I was level. I shot well through out the tournament and ended up beating my score by 51 points!
When I got to the field on Olympic round day I was so excited because OR’s are fun to me! I started shooting some practice rounds and I was shooting really well. I had to sit down because I had a bye (this is a thing where you don’t have to shoot in the first matches). I waited until the other rounds were done and then started shooting mine. I shot well for the first end, then in my second I hit my arm two times and my arrows went into the four ring. Because of those, I lost my match.
I was still happy over all because I set goals to improve each time. Since I am moving to Florida so that I can train year round, I am excited to see what happens in each tournament next year!