[Bows] Breaking past 500!

Since I started shooting somewhat regularly and participating in Archery Tournaments, I have been working towards the goal of shooting 500/600 indoors. In Jan/Feb 2017, I saw a large downturn in my scores, right as I was approaching 500, with scores in the 490's I thought that it would come quickly, but alas just missing it started to become a definition of my archery Career.

This 2017-2018 indoor season started off with Promise, where I shot a 499 fairly early in the season and saw several high 400 and 490 scores. But then a strange thing happened, My scores dropped, and dropped hard. I had gotten so much better over last year, yet still, My scores seems to stagnate and become much worse, dropping into the low 400's. Even shooting a mid 300 score on a 3 spot target just a couple weeks ago.

That low score made me realize something though, I had been focusing way to much on the scores I was shooting. I wasn't focusing on the process that got me those scores, I'd make an…

[Bows] Out from the sun, into the rain and hail

On Sunday Stephanie and I drove up to Peterborough, Ontario to take part in an Archery Tournament well half of one anyway. We were joined by our Archery Friend Danny Kim, who made the ~2h drive a pleasant adventure. The day itself was a mixture of warm and bright sunny periods, and dark clouds, leading up to some post lunch rain. We only got to shoot the first of the two 720's planned, the second was cancelled due to some lightning, heavy rain and even hail at one point. Later in the day we would get some ice cream, so all in all a good day.

My plan for the tournament was to really focus and push myself on the mental game. My goal was to keep a positive, confident, and focused mental state throughout my perfomance.  My first 6 ends were excellent, and my scorecard reflected that. The later 6 ends didn't live up two the first, as some suboptimal thought patterns snuck in, and while I managed to quench them with positive self talk, rebuilding my focus and confidence is still slo…

[Bows] Double Double, Sunburn Trouble.

This past weekend, Stephanie and I took part in The Archers of Caledon outdoor tournament. We did a double 720 Saturday and a double 720 sunday. A double double 720! (Canadians will get it!)

It was very intense, the most arrows I've shot in a weekend so far, but thanks to our hard work and training over the last couple months, it went well, and I stayed strong and completed it. My scores are not where I'd like them to be, but thats ok.

Performance I shot an average ~400 for each flight, and I'm proud of it, even if it's not where I want to be with my shooting. My focus for the weekend was really trusting my form, and committing mentally to the shots. I was getting good feeling shots, and thats really what I want to be getting out of my archery right now. From my last meeting with my coach, He suggested its time to start getting mental feedback on shots as well as the physical feedback. Paying attention to the mental state I have throughout the shot, from nocking my arr…