It was a miserable day of practice at least weather-wise. Typically, on these types of days I drive to Social Circle and practice inside. We’re down to one vehicle for transportation at the moment so I’m staying close to home. Hence, no driving to Social Circle to practice.
Two things to deal with, a major tournament this weekend and a weather cold blast. Skipping practice is not an option and neither is being warm.
To make matter worse or add insult to injury a light rain fell during the morning practice. I considered stopping but didn’t. The first 30 arrows were just so close and I could feel I was just off but couldn’t figure it out. I decided to continue in the rain until I worked though whatever problem it was that had me missing.
During the next 30 arrows my shots improved. I stayed out, in the rain, because what had been missing felt like it had returned or at least was returning. When I finished I was cold, wet, but seemed to have found a good spot.
The afternoon, the rain had stopped and I switched to a 5-spot. There’s been enough yellow, red and blue staring at me from down range. The blue and white was a nice break. There’s another State Championship in two weeks and the 5-spot is the target. So, aside from a visual break it was good to see how I’m shooting against the giant X ring.
A day later, record cold temperatures are the rage with the weather people. I’ve also emptied the propane tank on the outdoor heater. Yes, it is cold and windy. But, going out in the cold is better than sitting inside all day. Even if I go to an indoor range, I’ve spent time outside. I’ll run outside nearly every morning. I have gear for all weather. Sure, sometimes it is cold and sometimes it is hot. You simply deal with it.
You know, when it is freezing cold outside (or when it isn’t that warm), I’ve never needed the local weather person to explain how I should wear warm clothing when I go out. I suppose when the weather person makes that recommendation they’re feeling as if they’re being either helpful or smart. I really don’t know if they’ve achieved either.