I can take the cold or I can take the rain but the cold and the rain is hard to take. This morning’s practice was both cold and rainy. Practice was still practice.
If you’ve done a few outdoor archery competitions you may have been caught in the rain. Shooting in the rain is a condition that will happen if you enter enough archery tournaments that take place outside. Archery doesn’t stop for rain.
Archery does stop for lightening. Running around with a lightening rod in your hand can lead to shocking outcomes. If the rain isn’t a storm that causes the judges to call the event and you want to finish you have to shoot through the weather.
It is a good idea to practice in the rain. Typically, the rain is associated with outdoor distances. Practice at the moment, here, is 18-meters. So, I could have skipped the rain since it is unlikely I’ll ever face rain during an indoor tournament.
Nevertheless, I shot through this morning’s rain. It wasn’t stormy weather just a constant light rain. It actually became kind of fun. The temperature was around 40°F so even the cold wasn’t horrible.
Sometimes is can be fun to break a daily pattern by practicing in less than optimal conditions. Despite the conditions this morning I admittedly enjoyed the session. This afternoon, according the local weather report, should be dry.
I was hard to shoot today. The weather was the matter. It was cold and windy.
I’ve got a nice outdoor propane heater I stand near while shooting in the cold. It doesn’t get used until the temperature is below 40. At 40 with the right amount of clothing it isn’t bad without the heater. However, that right amount of clothing makes archery difficult.
Today I wore nearly the right amount of clothing and used the heater to compensate. Had it not been for the wind 18-meter practice would have been fine.
Days like this it is easier to stay indoors. If we weren’t in the middle of a pandemic with unrealized promises of a vaccine no doubt I’d have been practicing on an indoor range. Alas, I remain antibody free and susceptible.
So, that means practicing in the cold, wind and at times rain.
Like last winter and the winter before this winter is cold. Unlike the prior winters I am not headed to an indoor range to practice. The ranges where I’ve practiced in the past are mask free at the peak of a pandemic. It is easier to warm up after practice than it is to recover from lung disease.
With that in mind I head outside and stand next to an outdoor propane heater trying to stay warm while not setting my self on fire. The colder it becomes the layers of clothes I wear. The more clothes I wear the lower my scores become.
It is a balance to wear the right number of layer and still be able to clear my bowstring on the release.
This is Georgia so I know warmer weather isn’t that far away.