Wednesday. FITA 18m: 556
PB, I think?
On one hand: topped my previous PB. On the other hand: I’m barely scraping past what I did last year but I *feel* like I’m shooting better.
Also: that’s the first time that I can remember that I’ve got a 10-10-10 on the 40cm face.
In other news, I think I’ll get rid of my new Carter Honey 2. It would be great if it was much smaller bit to use it I’d have to change my anchor or my peep hight significantly which means it’s not a practical option for me as I couldn’t swap between it and my thumb trigger. Pity really. Anyone want to buy it?
Because I got my perfect in that damn Portsmouth, I can work on my FITA 18m for a couple of sessions. I’ve got a pile of new faces to shoot at. Fun!
Third time’s a charm!
And that was HARD. Crappy sleep last night and a hard stressful day at work. I’m running on coffee and my heart rate was 110 during the shoot - considering my resting rate is generally 55-60 it explains my twitchiness and breathlessness!
Most of my shots were good, with only one touching the 9/8 ring.
You know what’s not fun? Having your bowstring snap mid-draw.
Oh that sucks.
One of the guys at archery today dry-fired his bow for the third time in about three months, strings and cables derailed. Not a happy camper.
Hope you’re back shooting soon :)
How does one manage to dry-fire a bow three times in three month? Do the arrows not nock properly?
I believe the problem is that he’s not nocking an arrow at all. Forgetting, shot cycle interrupted, something like that.
I did it once on my old bow and I’ve never done it again. Luckily for me mine don’t derail.
I hoofed one a little into the second half (lack of concentration, out to the right) and had another bad shot about 3/4 of the way through when the sun was shining directly at my peep.
I will try again tomorrow.
Interesting comment from one of the other shooters: on release my bow hand is sometimes flexing at the wrist, towards the left/back. Tomorrow I’ll work on keeping my bow hand relaxed and try touching the first two fingers on the front of the grip to try and keep my hand placement consistent. At least then I should be able to tell if and when I’m moving my hand.
Really happy and content with everything except for that one bad 7. I’d just thought that I was about to get the perfect (I mean, it’s 18m on a 60cm face with 5-zone scoring so keeping them all in the gold is a thing that I can do comfortably) and that I wouldn’t need to shoot it again this month, and bam! sloppy 7.
In other news, I got a Carter Honey 2 recently. Looked good on the web but in real life it’s pretty big and heavy, which is a bit of a pity. Still, I shoot pretty well with it and I really have to focus on keeping my release hand relaxed, so if that’s the only thing that I get out of it, that’s still a win. I can really only shoot about half an indoor round with it comfortably - I think because I’m losing focus and not keeping a consistent draw hand position, which makes it harder and harder to go off. More work needed.
Pretty sloppy start, but if we’d done a few more warm-up ends I think I’d be about the same as last time (555/534).
Put a larger, non-clarifying peep aperture in to help see the level bubble in the lower light and that helped a little, but it’s very large so I’ll see if there’s a size between the two with a clarifier in it.
Oh, and my new lovely goth-Barbie nocks are too freaking loose on the string. *le sigh*
We’re now alternating between indoor rounds and outdoor rounds, so this week was a Canadian 900. Overall: sluggish. A few bad drops which would’ve been misses had I been on the reduced face, but being the only compounder meant that I splashed out and had a whole 80cm full face to myself.
55m: 241 (PB 267)
45m: 273 (PB 278)
35m: 279 (PB 284)
55 was a little patchy with a couple of blues. 45 and 35, on the other hand, were the same if not slightly better than last time, when I shot 813. Might shoot tomorrow, and if I do, might just plug away at something reasonably long distance, like 60.
Also: Sarcasmo did amazeballs.
In other news, have quite a nice buzz from this margarita I made. Not sure if it’s the best margarita in the world but it’s pretty damn tasty.
Saturday. FITA 18: 555 (Shortened Chicago: 534)
Shot with the rest of the club as a Shortened Chicago - same distance, same face but 5-zone scoring. Scored it myself as a FITA 18.
Managed to keep the nasty reds at bay until half-way though, quite happy with a 534 for my postal this month. It’s a very very twitchy round because my focus shifts from keeping them in the middle, to *not* shooting any reds, which is a pretty shit approach.
Although I’d thought that I’d shot a 555 before, as it turns out, it’s a new PB for me (up four points from 551). Still aiming for 560.
Definitely noticed a drift to the left and a creep up about half way through. My bad ones were popping up high and left into the red - not quite sure what’s going on there.
Did a little torque tuning afterwards which I want to repeat - according to the results I need to extend my sight a couple of notches further out from the bow. I wonder if it’ll help with my left drift?
Training today on 40cm spots at 18m. In order (above) are my first, second and third arrow plots on the 3-spot vertical strip.
We’re done with Portsmouths for the time being, so time to get to grips with the smaller face. Today I just shot and plotted, trying out my new stabiliser weight balance and just seeing how my groups play out over 20+ ends (ended up being 28 ends of 3 arrows).
I’ve stuck more weight on my rear rod (to bring it closer to a “balanced” bow - for my lengths that’d be 6oz on the front and 13oz on the back; currently I have 6oz & 10oz). I’m also working on maintaining my straight front arm and touching the grip with my first two fingers.
Interesting to see that my sloppy dropped shots are more often the second arrow (the middle spot).
Starting the afternoon with a triple X.
(Art direction by my style guru, Captain Sarcasmo).
Saturday. Portsmouth 1: 589
*muffled scream of anguish*
Tried a new thing: shooting with a straight bow arm. It felt really nice when it went well and I didn’t notice that my arrows dropped low and right after settling in (this must be good). I did get blown around a little bit and there were probably about 5 horrible/dumb shots including the very last one. That was a very sloppy 9 that could’ve easily been the 10 that pushed me over 590.