In nine days I’ll be heading to the Georgia State and USA Archery Indoor Championships. At the moment I am shooting like crap.
Over the past week or so my practice scores have been decreasing. The volume of practice has been high. Obviously, fatigue (hopefully) is a symptom of reaching a point of diminishing returns.
A friend of mine is an ex-pro golfer. He once said not to go into a tournament tired.
From past sport experience I understand that excessive fatigue can impact quality of performance.
With that in mind I’ve dropped my daily arrow count o 140 arrows broken into two practice sessions. Still my scores aren’t competitive. However, they are creeping up, again.
This afternoon during the 4th quarter of my practices my groups began getting tighter. I’d jumped from 8.45 points per arrow to 8.8 points per arrow. Then, on the final five ends the average increased to 9.125, closer to where I expect to be shooting at this point with my recurve.
It was hard to stop shooting, but to continue deviated from the plan. There’s nine days left before I hit the road for the tournaments. That is a realistic taper.
Since I began shooting an Olympic recurve 186 days ago I’ve taken 49 days for compete recovery. I understand that shooting a recurve isn’t something that can be picked up over night. Still, I’ve managed, starting with a lower volume of arrows per day and working my way up, to shoot 16,728 arrows. That’s an overall average of 122 arrows per day. I’d peaked at 1000 arrows per week but have now dropped to 700 (allow two days break per week at this point) per week.
It feels like a huge drop in volume. I hope it works.