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!
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.
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?
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.
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!
I have been trying to figure out how to fix a slight cant I have when I shoot. I was having a hard time figuring out the right way to grip the bow without leading to canting it cause my hands are still small. Awesome step dad did this so that helped! Now alternating between using it and covering it. Almost got the position down!
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.