18-meter practice over the past eight weeks has been an up and down business. It feels mostly down because I hit a peak early on in a six-weeks cycle. Naturally, going into the final two indoor tournaments of 2018 I was rolling around in the mire of a down turn in performance. Still I won one of them. The second, competing against the 21-49 year old men, it was all I could do not to embarrass myself. Nevertheless, I finished respectably and used the tournament for an “educational” session.
For 2019 I am still working out in which tournaments to compete and the goals for those events and the year. I keep coming up with an all-encompassing goal of ‘win everything.’ While it might sound brash the data suggests it might be possible. So, why not have the foremost goal for 2019 to win everything.
2019 has major tournaments early in the year with two state championships in February. In 2018 January and February were moving months. For eight weeks I barely got in any practice. The lack of training showed up with three consecutive second places. Once I got back to practice things improved and I won the next three State Championships setting a record in one. Then, I took a second place, at the Georgia Cup, competing against a younger crowd (thanks, Paul – he knows what I’m writing about). Few more wins and a few more seconds, the younger guys still knocking me down after the Georgia Cup.
So, why would I have a goal to win everything? It is because my data suggests that’s possible.
Here’s an explanation for 18-meters: In 2017 the top two places in my age group for the indoor Nationals finished with scores of 1155 and 1154. Over the past eight weeks my lowest two scores totaled 1130 – not so good. My highest two-day score is 1183 – a winning combination. During this eight weeks cycle my average score for two-days is 1150, one point above the 2017 3rdplace finisher. But, when I delete scores associated with a new release, new arrows, changes in stabilizers the average score is 1156. 1156 isn’t the best score; it is an average without variables that impact performance. It also places me one point up over the prior winning score.
You might think that 1150 is the likely finishing point puts me outside of a first place finish. You’d be correct. The lowest two-day scores of 1130 knock me way down the line. That would place me in 9thplace.
Here’s the thing, a goal must be established. The overall goal of winning it all is then broken down to achieve specifics in form, training cycles, and 30 arrow quantitative scores. In each of those elements I am currently below my 2019 goal. Now begins the cycle to work toward achieving each element of each goal. When I do that, well I’ll win.