Words of wisdom from my archery instructor

During my last archery lesson, we were working heavily on release and follow-through. The advice he gave me was, “Release is not a surprise. You are in control of every step of this.” And every time he passed me down the line he would say, “Release is not a surprise.”

 

This kept making me think two things:

1. I must be looking surprised. But I kind of can’t help it because I still think this is SO DAMNED COOL!

2. “Self, it is inappropriate for you to say, ‘Well at my age I sure as hell hope that release isn’t a surprise,’ even though it would be funny.”

Published in: on 03/10/2014 at 11:23 PM  Leave a Comment  
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I got the balloon!

Went out to archery this morning. The last round of shooting for the day is the balloon round, where they put a balloon with a dollar inside on each target. Everyone steps up to the line and we each get two arrows to try to hit the balloon. It’s a contest of both speed and accuracy. This is the first time I got the balloon. They stamp your dollar with a Pasadena Roving Archers stamp.
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Also, I hit the inner ring of the bullseye today. I’m shooting from 20 yards. The only arrow in the center in this photo is mine.
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The fundamentals course is supposed to start mid-February and I should be acquiring my own equipment at the end of it.

Published in: on 01/25/2014 at 9:05 PM  Leave a Comment  
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