Don’t be Afraid to Miss; Don’t be Afraid to Win

I practice day in and day out. To be sure, I take recovery days and at times longer ‘vacation’ breaks. But, since I began shooting a bow, in September 2013 I’ve logged a lot of hours on ranges.

When I bought a bow it was not my intent to take archery seriously. It was only something to do that would occupy some time and be relaxing. Well, part of that worked out, it occupies time; it’s not always relaxing. It isn’t that shooting isn’t relaxing, it is, but some of the tournaments where I’ve competed haven’t been relaxing.

Many tournaments are entertaining. Some are a pain. In general most qualify as fun.

Since I began, I’ve improved. My personal training challenges have also gotten ‘tighter.’

It’s not a game of hitting the X. It’s how many out of sixty can I hit. The next game will be how many in a row.

I try to write here, to share the experience, and add any pearls I pick up through coaches, training plans, fitness programs, and sports science. In addition, this is a semi-public rendition of my training log. The science part is the sports physiology that I write in under the research tab.

There are two things I’ve learned from my practice and competition that so far I haven’t read elsewhere. That doesn’t mean they are written or that I am the sole creator of these thoughts. Forms are these two thoughts are well known. And if this is an infringement on what you might believe as your ideas, good for you for figuring it out as well.

I think both are applicable from the novice to the elite archer. They are: 1) Don’t be afraid to miss during practice, and 2) don’t be afraid to win during a tournament.