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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!

Five Questions from Emma-Jacob Wukie

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.

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photos by Teresa Iaconi

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.

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Schedule Changes

After going to JDT camp and on the advice of some of the coaches, I will not be shooting in Vegas this year.  😦  I love going there but I need to compete this year in all of the UDA Archery events I can in hopes of getting a ranking.  I will be putting up a schedule page that I can update through the year.  Not every tournament I am doing is open for registration yet and some have multiple sites so we are still trying to work through which location we will be at.  Right now this is what I know for sure:

 

JOAD Indoor and US Indoor – March at Mankato location (I think)

Arizona Cup – April

Texas Shootout – April

Gator Cup – May

 

There are more but I will put them on the schedule tab.  Also, my step-dad will be shooting with me at Texas Shootout, how cool is that?

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

Questions about Archery?

 

 

 

 

I am not an expert but sometimes I try to help with questions people send me about how things work when you are trying to learn archery.  If I have a day when I will be at the range for a long time, I will ask everyone on my Twitter and Tumblr if they have questions.  A couple of weeks ago, I got a great question and I asked permission to repost it here.  It was VERY confusing in the beginning trying to figure out what organization to go to for what types of tournaments when I first started to shoot.  Hopefully, sharing my Tumblr post here will help someone else!

My question came from theatomscombined:

Hi! I have a few questions. I’ve googled this a bit, but it’s hard for me to get a grasp on the proper information. How do tournaments work in the U.S.? Is there a website that lists tournament dates and such? Can anyone with skill compete in the more professional tournaments? If not, what would be the process in working your way up to competing in one? And what about world tournaments? Thanks!

My answer was a long one:

It can be really confusing.  The short answer is “it depends on what you want to do.”  Here is the long answer:

When I started shooting, I wanted to try some of everything.  The only reason I figured this stuff out is my mom is super good at internet searches.  I thought I would eventually pick one thing but so far, I still like it all.  My question is, what kind of bow do you shoot?  Each organization has a list of “classes” so you have to determine which one you are in.  Unfortunately it does not translate from organization to organization, for example, a “cub” in USA Archery is a different class than a “cub” in NFAA!  (see?  confusing!)  If you want to do Olympic type shooting and rounds, you would choose USA Archery in the US.  They have a great calendar where you can see monthly whats going on.  Important to note, some have closing dates or huge late fees on tournaments so look in advance on the calendar to make sure you get stuff in on time.  There is also the World Archery site which is the group that covers international tournaments and some in the US.  For example, the Vegas shoot is a World  Archery event but also an NFAA one…confused yet?  The NFAA has a good calendar that has events from several groups.  Then there is the IFAAIBO…ugh…but that’s more information than you needed, right?

You can shoot your class or you can “upshoot” like I did going to Texas.  In the tournament in Texas, there was not an option for my class which in the USA Archery organization right now is Bowman.  I shot as a Cadet (high school), two levels up, so I was allowed to compete.  When you do that, you have to be able to shoot the distance required of that group.  Since I want to try to apply for a Junior Dream Team Camp, I will continue to upshoot for those events so I can try to get ranked.  When I go to Vegas, I will shoot as a Youth because that is my category now for NFAA.

I haven’t found any that I was prohibited from competing in but you have to check the rules on the entry forms.  Sometimes you have to be a member of a certain organization in order to shoot.  You can look on any of the above sites or check the USA Archery for JOAD clubs in your state and back track from those sites.  I found some tournaments from just looking up the state stuff.  You wanting to compete is up to you, not your skill level.  If you want to shoot and are relatively certain that you won’t shoot the target over from yours, you can shoot.  LOL.

If you shoot a compound especially, you will need to look at what class you would be because certain pieces of equipment can put you up a class. It’s a little easier for recurves to figure out.

Does any of this help?

Hopefully this helps some of you!

Tips from the Pros: PSE

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.

 

A lot of times, you will hear students say “I want to go to the Olympics” or “I want to be a Pro.”  When I started shooting, my step-dad said, “Well Emma, how do you do that?”

 

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:

 

Paige at the World Championships in France with a Supra.

 

 

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.

The buck Paige harvested in September with a PSE Evo

 

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!

If you are interested in reading more, here is a good blog from PSE pro Emily Anderson about her bow decision too.