Training for an International Round

Twenty yards to sixty-five yards at five-yard increments doesn’t sound to tough.  Go shoot these distances and you’d discover it is pretty tough.

What might become clear is:  You can drop points at 20 – 30 and gain points at 55 – 65 yards. Or you can drop points at every distance.  Or you can hit the center at every distance.  In other words – it is tougher than one might think.

Shooting set distances even 70 meters isn’t as complex as shooting multiple distances.  Seventy meters is a long shot (@ 77 yards) but you’re set and can make corrections should you be off a tad.

Shooting an international round you get three shots per distance and move to the next target.  So your sight must be spot on.

Say you shooting 55 yards and the arrow on your elevation scale looks like it is in the correct position.  The needle on the elevation block has a diameter and can cover your calibration mark and still be a few clicks high or low.  If either is askew despite a flawless shot execution the arrow will be off the mark.

Walking through a forest, on and off of fields, and through mixed shade will have an impact on lighting and center placement of a shot. Chances are it won’t be horrible but light can still impact aiming.

Then, there are, at times, the potential for a shift in target elevation.  When the angle becomes significant aiming at your usual center will float your arrow high whether shooting toward a downward set target or an uphill target.  Shooting a set distance, such as 50 meters (compound) or 70 meters (recurve) this isn’t an issue.

When preparing many archers focus on improving their long shots to the neglect of the shorter distances.  The result can be slight improvement at the long shot, over confidence at shorter distances and overall less than optimal scores.

To prepare build a training plan.  For example, practice twice a day once in the morning and one in the afternoon.  There are ten distances.  In the morning pick a short or long distance and shoot 100 arrows.  For the afternoon shoot another 100 arrows at the reciprocal distance.  Over 5 days you’ve shot 1000 arrows at 100 arrows per increment.  Then on one of the two remaining days do practice International Rounds – one in the morning and one in the afternoon. With warm-up shots this is going to put you in the range of 1200 arrows per week. (Your shot count can vary depending on your time available for practice)  The last day is reserved for recovery. Start your international practice as far in advance of an International Competition as feasible in consideration of your event schedule.  (If you’ve been shooting less than 100 arrows per day adjust your load to prevent an injury)

Malson’s BBQ

I travel a lot.  Not as far or as often as before I retired.  Some folks enjoy travel.  For others it is a necessity.

While traveling for work I was frequently on the road with a friend, Andy.  Andy was a great travel partner.  He’d attended college on a dual scholarship as a quarterback and pitcher for Wake Forest. Andy is a large man and not an obese man.  To look at him you’d easily cast him as an athlete.  Physically we are pretty different.  Although I’ve been an athlete all my life at just over 5’7” I am rarely thought of as an athlete.

One thing we do have in common is a love for good barbeque.  On our trips we’d make it a point to seek the best barbeque we could find.  More often than usual we ended up with weak BBQ. Too often the BBQ was simply awful.

After nearly a decade of travels we parted ways.  I left the company and headed into the riskier section of business, smaller startups.  Still I continued our quest for good BBQ. He’d do the same and we’d intermittently share notes on where we found good and bad food.

It has now been a few years since I’ve spoken to Andy.  If I do talk to him soon I’d have to let him know about Malson’s BBQ in Kingsland, GA.

Malson’s BBQ

While staying in St. Mary’s, Brenda, my wife, and I decided to look for BBQ.  Malson had great reviews online so we chose it to try.  It can be an adventure searching for BBQ.  This wasn’t an exception.

The ‘shack’ was seriously a shack.  Malson’s isn’t a fancy sit down joint.  With BBQ never let the appearance fool you.  Often a real shack means real good food.  Malson’s fit that bill.

Brenda and I both ordered a pulled pork meal with Cole slaw and baked beans.  It is a traditional meal and one that best allows a common denominator for comparisons.  We were both pleased.  It was some of the best pulled pork I’ve eaten.  Frankly, off the top of my head I can’t recall purchasing a better pulled pork.