I’d planned to start at 70 yards (not meters). Then work out to 70 meters. It was cool with the temperature around 51°F. That would have felt pretty good except for the wind. Morning practice was going to be a challenge.
It was windy. The wind was blowing steady at 12 mph with gusts up to 28 mph. I can shoot through that – I thought.
The problem was the gusts blew my target over twice. On the second crash, one of those gusts, which felt like more than 28 mph, I moved to a heavier target.
The heavier target is smaller and without the overhang clearance of the larger less wind adaptable target. I have lots of trees along the range lanes and some still need to be trimmed. So, I moved closer. It was still frustrating.
My light introductory level recurve arrows, Easton Vector 1000s, aren’t ideally suited for gusts of wind. Trying to time a steady wind with the intermittent gusts was good practice should I, or rather when I, find myself competing is such conditions. Before any major tournament I imagine I’ll need an arrow upgrade.
I got in 70 arrows before I had to move on. I’d lost some time setting up a blown over target twice so I didn’t get the 90-arrow practice completed. This afternoon the wind is forecast to drop to 6 mph. That should be a more humane practice.