By this time I’ve run out of creative titles for these blog posts, so now it is just In-depth post #4. Since my last post nothing great has changed. I’ve continued working at roughly the same pace, around 40-60 shots per session while keeping track of the score. For an update on my scores, here’s a picture below.
At first it may look like my score actually went down, but the one factor that changed since my last post was the size of the target. I went from a 80 cm target down to a 60 cm target (at the same 18 meter distance) which is quite a big jump. At first, it was hard to get used to the smaller size so my score may have been lower at first with a couple misses, but I soon got used to this change and I was able to top the score I got previously with the bigger sized target.
So besides the practical elements, these last couple of weeks I also had some theory lessons. First, I learned a lot about the types of archery and the variety of targets that are available. There are 4 different types of archery, the most common being indoor archery. This indoor archery that I currently pursue is the most common for it is easily accessible to many people, especially beginners because in most cases equipment is provided. There is also outdoor archery which takes the same rules as indoor archery except for the size of the targets and the distance. The distance for outdoor archery can reach up to 90 meters (the length of a soccer field)! As a branch of outdoor archery, there is field archery/ 3-D. Field and 3-D archery is completely in the woods unlike regular outdoor archery that is done on an empty field. Field archery uses many different and unique types of targets as I will mention later and 3-D uses plastic animals to imitate a hunting-like feel. The last type of archery is Flight and it is quite uncommon. Flight archery is based solely on distance unlike any other form of archery so it is crucial that your arrow flies strong and straight.
Now to elaborate more on target types. As you already know from reading my previous posts, there is the conventional target that everyone uses, but there are also many unique ones. To explain a few, the first picture is a target that only goes up to 5 points instead of the regular 10, but to balance that out, you do get to shoot more arrows with this target. The second picture with three targets is made so that you must aim to have one arrow in each target every time you shoot three arrows. According to my mentor, this is one of the toughest targets to shoot at because you have to adjust from shooting in the middle to shooting closer to the corners.
The most difficult mentoring challenge so far seems to be the lack of a focus or a long term goal. My mentor and I never really discussed a specific goal before we started and I think that the temporary goal we both had in mind was just learning the sport. Now that I’ve learned the sport, I feel like we are losing a bit of direction. One thing that is helping though is Junior Olympic Program (JOP) standards which I am following step by step. Next week I intend to clarify my long term goal (at least until May) with my mentor and maybe figure out a timeline for the JOP standards.
Currently something that is working well is communication! Since my last blog post I have taken my own advice and I have tried other methods of communication which seem to be working well. I was also a lot more clear and precise with my words and my schedules which allowed for a lot less confusion in between sessions. Overall, I feel that I keep up what I am doing right now, it should go fine.
Lastly, something that I could still work on is asking more detailed questions. Although I have put forth some effort to asking more informed questions, I feel like I could still do more to further my depth of learning and understanding. I could definitely spend more time reading more about archery and maybe watching some videos as well, to help me understand archery better so I could ask more questions.
Next week I hope to have some actions shots of me actually shooting, so I hope you will look forward to my next blog post!