My Little Hiatus

School is winding down and so all of my classes are piling on the work. I won’t bother to list all of my assignments that are do within the next weeks. It’s a lot. That’s all that really needs to be said.

It made me wonder how Olympic level archers find the time between work and practice. I’m supposed to be shooting 100 arrows 5 times a week, but life is getting in the way. School isn’t the only thing getting in the way, I also want to see my friends and be social. My life feels like a giant triangle. The points are being social, shooting, and school, and I can only devote my time to one of them.

The worst part is that all I want to do is go out shooting. I’ve given the archery-virus to some of my friends, but they can’t all shoot with me all the time. Shooting helps me to de-stress when my workload gets too high. I hate not being able to shoot every day.

I can’t wait for May 10th. I walk in commencement on May 16th.

THEN I CAN SHOOT ALL THE TIME!

Sun burn and bruises and sprains… owww….

As per my bad form with my wrist, I have pulled a muscle in my right forearm. Between the increased weight of my bow, although it’s not much, and shooting 100 arrows a day 5 times a week I now have a very puffy forearm. The sunburn is because I completely forgot to wear sunscreen on the very beautiful sunny day. And now  have tan lines. Awesome. On Saturday, at practice with RUAC, I hit myself with my string–twice. And then again on Sunday, I did the same thing.

First it looked like this.
First it looked like this.
Then it looked like this.

I have started participating the a precision program where I can earn pins from the Adult Achievement Program. Yesterday was the first day. I shot 204/360. Not bad for my first time shooting 30 meters. I still shoot left. And before any one says anything, I know why I keep shooting left. I have been focusing through the sight instead of letting my peripheral vision do the work. So, now that I’m aware of that I will be keeping it in mind.

It’s really great to have a weekly incentive to shoot outside of my own desire to. I can’t wait to get my first pin and I am determined to get others.

 

Rowan Archery Fudraiser

This is a message for all of my followers. Rowan Archery is a new club and as such we do not recieve funding from the school. We are running a booster campaign to sell T-shirts to help promote the club and to raise money for a number of things we need. Archery is an expensive sport and while we do have some spare club bows and arrows we do not have target butts, stands, uniforms, or even extra safety equipment like arm guards and finger tabs. Our first fundraiser, a fitness challenge, did not get a great turn out and so we are now trying again to raise some funds.
Next semester we will have on campis practice space but nothing to shoot at. Please, buy a t-shirt from the link provided below and help support Rowan Archery and get us off the ground. The shirts will be printed on May 1st and should be shipped to you by May 14th. Our Booster closed on April 30th so please make sure to buy one before then!

http://www.booster.com/ruac

Only 200

I only managed to shoot 200 arrows this week so far. I’m hoping to get outside tomorrow and shoot most of my day away in the back yard.

It’s hard to get out and work on my form when I have so much homework and such to do. This week was spring break and I thought I’d have the time to just shoot all day every day, but I ended up doing homework instead. There have been many beautiful days this week and I have spent them inside writing, editing photos, and cutting video.

I wish I had more to write but it is only this confession.

500 to the Left

500 arrows in and I’m adjusted to the weight. My grouping is all over the place. Don’t get me wrong, it was never perfect but it was tight-ish. Now instead of one or two flyers going wherever the heck they want to go–well–honestly, it looks like a 4 year got his hands on a light bright and just threw pegs wherever he felt like.

200 Arrows

I shot another 100 arrows today. I am desperate for my body to adjust to shooting this much at this weight. I feel like my arm is going to fall off.

In lieu of having little more to do than complain about how my entire right arm feels ready to fall off-I thought I’d take the time to just talk about Archery in general and how it has helped me.

100 Arrows In

I was 40 arrows into my first 100 and I was already sore. My coach, Orion White, had just adjusted my brace height and tightened up my bow. Now, instead of shooting 28 lbs with a brace height of 8 3/4 inches, I am shooting 30 lbs with a brace height of 8 1/2 inches. You wouldn’t think anyone would feel the difference, but I assure you I am still feeling it.

My First Steps

I started shooting a few years ago and I caught the bug. Archery is very calming and very emotionally fulfilling, especially when you make the shot. About a year and half ago, maybe two at this point honestly, a friend of mine came to me with a proposition:

BILLIE: So I found a place that gives archery lessons, do you want to take one?

ME: I will if you will.

And so we did. Simple as that. Well–maybe not as simple as that. We went to Banger’s Sports Shop located in Winslow, NJ, for our lessons. They have set up varying levels of classes which works out wonderfully because you can repeat any level and if I had been forced to stand, draw, aim, and hold the way that I do now when I took my first lesson–I may not have caught the bug. We started with a lecture about the parts of the bow, which, if I must be honest, I didn’t actually know. It dawned on me then that although I had been shooting for about five years by that time that I really didn’t know much outside of nocking my arrow and pulling the string back.