I was going into the tournament feeling really confident I was going to do well. We were in the car on the way to the field and I was doing my regular routine. When I arrived, I started to get butterflies in my stomach. I started stretching, shot some practice to warm up and I shot well so my butterflies went away. About four ends into the tournament the sky got dark and grey and then it started to rain. I got distracted by it because while I was shooting, I could feel it falling on my head. After that realization, I followed with bad shooting. Once the rain stopped, my shooting improved briefly but then the wind picked up. It was blowing three different directions in five minutes! After the wind finally stopped blowing hard, it went up to 82 degrees and after all that, I was really discouraged because I wasn’t shooting well since I wasn’t focused on shooting. Overall, I didn’t do great because I was second to last but it was my first FITA, I am 12 and still learning. I learn something new in each tournament situation. I still thought I didn’t do as good as I should have so I am going back to practice and plan to do a lot better for Gator Cup!
This week I head to the Texas Shoot Out. I am super excited because it is at Texas A & M and they have the best college archery team in the US. THIS IS WHERE I WANT TO GO TO COLLEGE. My mom said that is okay now that they are part of the SEC. I don’t know what that means but she is from Georgia so I know it is about football.
I am excited to try the format, this will be my first in person USA Archery tournament. I don’t really think my bow is supposed to do what it is doing (I am pulling under 25 pounds) but I am hitting the bale most of the time. Since I am 12, I am okay with this. They had a change to the schedule at the last minute so I found out yesterday there are no team rounds and that Cadet OR will be Saturday afternoon. I shoot 72 arrows before lunch and the OR after lunch. It is a lot of arrows but I thought about with practice arrows and a round of field archery like in Pennsylvania, I was over 120 arrows a day. I will be tired but I think it is the best way to learn the style and work on improving my performance over and over. I hope next year that I can upshoot in all the qualifiers. Wish me luck!