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JOAD Indoor and US Indoor Wrap Up

Emma on the line

The tournament I was going into was three days but two different tournaments.  JOAD Indoor was one day and US Indoor was two days.  Going into the tournament I was really confident I was going to do well.  When I got up on the line, I was shooting next to my friends from my club.  This was good and bad.  It was good because I had the comfort of my friends but bad because they were also distractions.  I finished and thought I did well.

 

The second day went about the same.  I wasn’t feeling really good when I was traveling up to the tournament and it seemed like it might be going away.  After the tournament the second day, I went with a friend to Mall of America.  We shopped and rode roller coasters then went back to the hotel.  I woke up the next day feeling really bad with a lot of pressure in my ears.  I knew I still had to shoot.  I was trying to get in the mental state for shooting but it just wasn’t working.  When we arrived and I shot, I just couldn’t concentrate.  I wasn’t able to focus on shooting; I was just focusing on being sick.  After the tournament was over, I had shot my lowest score of the three days.  It was disappointing.

 

After the official scores were posted from all the regions, I didn’t do as well as I wanted, but I felt good about where I placed.  I have been working with my coaches since the last JDT camp on completely changing my form and I can see the progress but I still have a few months before I get it perfect.

 

LESSON LEARNED:  Now I know to load up on Vitamin C the week BEFORE tournaments!

US Indoor

 

RESULTS:

JOAD  – Placed 23rd out of 68 people

US Nationals – Placed 19th out of 54

My goal was to place top 50% so I got that, good starting place and it helps me know what I need to focus on in training!

My Week at JDT Camp

Wow!

 

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!2013-01-179517.12.38

 

 

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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

1/13/2013

 

Open shooting today with coaches’ assessment

 

Food:  salad w/ pork chops and crackers

 

Team building:  rock paper scissors-archers against coaches

 

1/14/2013

 

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.

 

Funnnn!

 

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…

 

1/15/2013

 

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

 

1/16/2013

 

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

 

1/17/2013

 

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!

 

1/18/2013

 

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

 

 

Video Blog 1

Shout out to the most awesome JDT coach @archerwatson and as you can see by the blog, I am SUPER EXCITED about getting to work with her for a week.

Mom was laughing so hard when she was making this video that she started crying.  I wasn’t trying to be funny really but I did have her put a gag reel at the back of some of the things she cut out.  I guess next time, I need to write a script but HEY I am only 12!

I hope you like it.

The Road to Camp

Kevin makes the best French toast & mom puts Nutella on it...YUM!
Kevin makes the best French toast & mom puts Nutella on it…YUM!
FOOD, FOOD and more FOOD!
FOOD, FOOD and more FOOD!

This year, Thanksgiving started the same way as always, Dad makes French toast and mom starts on sides for lunch.  Every year at the beginning of November, we sit down at dinner and plan what everyone wants.  Sometimes we do non-traditional stuff like Italian food which is fun.  This year we decided to make ham and save the turkey to make when my brother and sister can be here closer to Christmas.  Since they are grown ups, sometimes they have to go by their work schedule.

After breakfast we watch the Macys Thanksgiving parade and then the Dog Show.  In between we pile our plates high with all our favorites.  My favorite is Lady and Sons Cheesy Mac.  If you don’t know Lady and Sons, maybe you know Paula Deen?  Mom isn’t allowed to make any other recipe, it has to be hers!  I got to go eat in her restaurant in Savannah, its one of moms favorite places, and everything is delicious.

Every thing was going as normal and we were trying to decide on what movie marathon to do and mom said “Emma, I got an email…”

I really don’t remember much after that.  See just a few days earlier, mom got an email that a short Junior Dream Team camp would be held in Colorado Springs at the USA Archery facility.  I applied but I wasn’t sure if I would be one of the first ten to get an invite.  That was the greatest email ever!  I was selected to attend so I will be training with the US Archery Olympic coaching staff for an entire week!

Isn’t that crazy?

I still can’t believe it.  I had to sit down with my parents and my coach to figure out my training from now until then.  You have to shoot 150-200 arrows a day.  I feel certain I can already do this.  I have been doing 100 a day for a long time.  I went up to 125 for two weeks and now I am going to 150 a day for a couple of weeks.  I will move up to 175 after that and be shooting 200 arrows a day for a full week before going.  It seems like a lot but I break it up.  I get up at 530 everyday to shower and then I shoot for an hour or so blank bale in my garage.  After school I finish up my remaining arrows at the indoor range.  It for a by faster than you would think but it takes about three to four hours total.

So many arrows every day now...
So many arrows every day now…

I am going to try to write in a journal every night so when I get back mom and I can let you guys know all the cool stuff.  If I can use my cell phone, I may text mom some pictures that she will post to my Tumblr and Twitter in case you want to follow me at one of those places too.

I am so excited!

What questions do you want me to try to get answered for you while I am there?

Update

Hey guys!  I have a blog post that mom will tomorrow.  On Thanksgiving we got the email that I had secured one of the slots for the JDT Camp in Colorado Springs in January so its been a little crazy since.  I am increasing my arrow count now so that by the time it comes to go, I won’t have any issue.  I know the 100 I already shoot seems like a lot but in camp the expectation is 150-200 arrows a day.  This week I started 150 and I will be doing that for the next three weeks and then bump up again.

Emma

Funny Picture of the Week

Me getting Andre Agassi’s autograph!

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.

Texas Shoot Out = Awesome Archery

Me shooting as a Cadet! Woo hoo!

Finally!

This weekend, I went to the Texas Shootout.  When I went to practice I arrived next to Brady Ellison, one of the top men archers in the world, I was pretty excited.  When I practiced, I was doing good.  After a good practice, we went to Wal-Mart to pick up food and we got my favorite, roasted chicken, Hawaiian rolls and salad!  After dinner I had some dessert (evil brownies made by my Aunt) and I started thinking about the next day and how I could get first and do really well.  When I woke up, I got breakfast and went to the archery field.

Me and Miranda!

The Competition Begins

I saw the pros arrive and my competition…I had the Junior Dream Team as my competition!  I knew right there it would be tough.  When we started shooting I was in 9th place for most of the tournament.  Then I started to get tired and my arrows started dropping low and I fell in last place.  ::sad face::  When we got done I was last but I learned a lot from my competitors Karissa, Mariam and Hye.

Me and Jennifer!

Day 3 in Texas

The next day I didn’t have to shoot but I watched the pros and got pictures with Brady Ellison, Jennifer Nichols, Khatuna, Miranda and the Coach Thomas from Texas A & M.  I was very grateful that I got to watch them and take pictures with them.  It was a really great experience and I am very glad I went!

Me with Khatuna!
Me with Brady!

Goal Setting

I fell short of my goal of 400 but I am 12 so I think I get a little time to bring it up. For the next calendar year, I am setting my goal of a 550 or better for my next USAT qualifier.  I want to do this so that I can apply for the Junior Dream Team Camp.  If you would be interested in doing that, the requirements can be found on the USA Archery site here.  Beyond that, I would hope to be ranked high enough to apply to the Resident Athlete program in a couple of years.  Those requirements are on the USA Archery site here.

Texas Shoot Out

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.

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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!

Rumble in the Woods

My inspiration!

When I first went into the National Outdoor Tournament, I was a little nervous but I was feeling good.  The first day I shot I was supposed to be with all of my competitors, or even just a few, but one person in my group did not go to the right course so me and the girl that was there had to be split into two groups.  I went with other friends that were from the same group but they weren’t competitors of mine.

When I got about halfway on the course, I had an equipment failure.  I was standing my bow up with an arrow and started to walk away and my bow fell over as if it wasn’t propped up completely (which is probably what happened).  Well, when I picked my bow up off the other bow hit into it, my string flipped around and I began to panic.  I went to the official tent nearby and told them what happened but they were not helpful because they didn’t have anything like it before and didn’t know what to do. Thankfully a group next to us was shooting recurves so they had bow stringers and I could put it back on the right way.  I was really thankful.  After that incident I checked everything I needed, shot some practice arrows and all was good.

The second day was fun as well.  When I shot the 2nd day, I shot with my competition from the archery facility and another person I shot with before so it was fun to shoot with her again.

The third day was the award ceremony day!  It was also the day where one of my competitors had to leave the course because she was already done shooting all 3 days and thought she could shoot another day.  She was very confused and so was our group so we had to get an official.  When we got it straightened out, the air horns sounded on the course for the last day!  When they blew, that we meant we shoot and we were ready.  After we got done we were tired, sore and ready to go to the ceremony but that wasn’t presented for another TWO MORE HOURS of waiting.  We mostly just sat around hanging out and waiting.  When it was finally time for the awards name by name, category by category and then finally my name and category.  I was waiting thinking I had gotten 3rd place because I didn’t do as well as I could have because I kept having weird things with my equipment but not me, I GOT SECOND PLACE…IT WAS ME THEY CALLED!!!!  I was so glad I got 2nd place and was grateful for it.

The lesson I learned in the tournament is always carrying my tools and USE them.  When my coach went to tune my bow afterwards, it turned out there were several things that should have been caught and could have been corrected.  Now I know!  Everything is a learning experience and this was no different!

Oh and I got to see the awesome Paige Pearce again.  Can someone please put me on a Pro/Am team with her?  🙂