Shooting an Olympic recurve started for me 398 days ago. Eighty-one days after starting I shot an outdoor event, in October 2020 where it didn’t rain. In 2021 I’ve competed in 7 tournaments using a recurve bow. Of those four of them were outdoors. Once there was a light rain that wasn’t much bother. During the other three outdoor tournaments it stormed.
Those storms caused extended delays as archers, spectators and judges took shelter. The last event ended hours behind schedule due to lightening delays.
Tomorrow I am headed out of town to compete in an outdoor event in two days. Right now it is raining. Tomorrow’s forecast is for rain. The day of the tournament the forecast is calling for thunderstorms.
Frequently it rains when I am practicing outdoors. I continue to practice in rain unless it really becomes a storm. Practicing in those conditions has been beneficial considering every competitive outdoor event in 2021 has been rainy. Those practices helped me a little to understand how my bow and in particular bowstring reacts to being wet.
If I had a choice I’d rather not shoot in the rain. It looks like in two days, however, I’ll be in the rain.
There’s one more outdoor event in October. I am hoping for clear skies. By November we’ll be shooting indoor events. There will be a few months to dry out before heading back outside.