Falling off the Training Wagon and Creating a Little Fun

Typically, I have training plan for the week. I know what targets I’m going to shoot, how I’ll practice, and how long I’ll spend doing each session – morning and afternoon. This week, well I got lazy. I didn’t build a plan.

My archery training plans like my triathlon plans are several weeks long. I use a thirteen-week cycle. Archery is harder to prepare because I don’t have the same degree of experience or expertise creating a plan as with triathlon. As such, I fell off the archery training plan wagon.

So, today shooting was ad lib. Maybe tomorrow will be ad lib as well since I still haven’t prepared a new archery-training plan for the next 13 weeks. I do have my triathlon plan completed through November. Nevertheless, I spent two hours shooting arrows today.

Without a plan archery was play. I tried things I’ve not yet done or done very little. I used the 3D range and shot really long shots – up to 65 yards. I’ve shot that far and further. Today however, I shot a lot of arrows at smallish 3D targets. The bulk of the shots were from 40 to 65 yards. Heck, I figured the center shot on a badger, turkey, or coyote is about the same the center X on a paper target at 50 meters. Seemed a bit like double dipping my practice.

Then, I noticed, while shooting a badger, I could shoot a turkey and coyote, albeit at a weird angle, without moving. So, I shot them without changing my position. It was fun, it was different.

Hard to see but there is a turkey to the left, a coyote in the middle and a badger to the right

Shooting the same targets day in and day out, well it’s the same everyday. Finding different ways to shoot them, making up different “games”, and finding new ways to hit the targets, keeps practice fresh. Simply shooting three old targets from a new position was fresh and it was fun.

Yep, that was a different perspective. (River is checking for snakes)

As I started backing away from my targets, forty yards, fifty yards, sixty yards, and finally sixty-five yards practice became more fun – certainly less structured. Shooting at a turkey for most of the shots was exciting. Not exciting like climbing a mountain or doing a long open water swim. Exciting in knowing that if I missed high I’d be hunting for an arrow.

The turkey shot from 65 yards

Turkeys aren’t large targets. A bit too much on elevation at 65 yards means so long arrow. Shooting low isn’t as much of a problem; turkeys have a lot of foam below the center ring. Not so much foam up top aiming at the side of the bird.

First two tries at 65 yards

I shot for a couple of hours this afternoon. It was a very informal practice. A break from rigid plans does help keep practice fresh.

I’ll worry about the plan tomorrow. (No arrows were lost during this day’s play.)