When I completed my 2019 goals and event calendar I made certain conditions. Those conditions are associated with the more expensive archery tournaments. For example, in order to put out the money to compete at the NFAA Nationals in Cincinnati, Ohio, I needed to shoot a pre-determined score at the NFAA regionals.
It wasn’t a difficult task. I needed to shoot two 300s at the regionals.
When I shoot a 5-spot, the target for both events, I shoot a 300 83% of the time. Sometimes, I mess up a shoot a 299 or 298. Those scores are essentially meaningless at the Nationals. No, at the NFAA Nationals you win by having the high X count.
My highest X-count is 104 out of 120 arrows. That’s not a winning score. But, it would be a fine score, yielding 600 total points and 104 Xs, and worth the trip. At the regionals I didn’t come close. I ended up with a 597 and I don’t recall the X count. With shooting like that there’s no point in spending big bucks for a trip to Cincinnati – at least for me.
This change opened up my weekend calendar. In fact, as far as archery is concerned, I found a significant gap between competitions. I had to fill that gap.
I run nearly every day. I ride a bike often in the winter and nearly every day once the weather improves. Once, I raced triathlons. Could a triathlon fill that gap?
No, I’ve not swum a stroke in over a year. If you don’t train for swimming, you can die in a triathlon. It has happened. Even if you finish the swim, without proper training you could fail to met the cut off times and be pulled from the race.
I could, however, race in a duathlon. There are two duathlons within 45 minutes of where I live. I prefer duathlons to triathlons. I decided to add both of those races to my calendar.
To start, I’ll race some 5Ks and 10s. I do run often, I don’t run fast. My daily runs are purely for pleasure and health management. When I’m on a bike, I’ll sometimes crank it up. Running is another matter and I’ve just not been going fast. I’ve been exclusively running trails with River, a Labrador retriever. She stops a lot to sniff I have to slow down and wait. If I don’t she might cut to a chase or roll in something foul. I can change that without much thought.
Archery is fun. It is a whole lot less expensive than a duathlon. But, if there aren’t enough easy to access archery events I’ll pay a bit more to register for a duathlon and save on travel expenses.