In a video a former Olympic archery shared how many arrows he shot per year. He had an average of 226 arrows per day. That doesn’t seem too bad.
I shoot a lot. I don’t average 226 arrows per day. My average is 130 arrows per day. Some days there are less other days more. I’m taking my time.
Over doing it from the start can lead to injuries. Since I’m 67 years old I am perhaps more careful. Well, I know I’m more careful today than I might have been if I’d started shooting an Olympic recurve at 17 years old.
It hasn’t been 24 months since I picked up an Olympic recurve. At 60 meters and 18 meters I’ve improved 0.5% per month since I began. In few weeks I’ll do a lot more practice at 70 meters. There’s minimal difference in my practice average points per arrow between 60 and 70 meters.
I’ll also be gradually increasing my arrow count.
Throughout this process I have maintained 25% recovery time compared to training time. After longer days I ice my hands, forearms and shoulders. The goal being to prevent a long-term injury.
Arrow count isn’t a goal it is part of a process.