Putting up a new target is nice. There aren’t holes everywhere. It is clean. Clean targets are nice. Shooting a clean target with new limbs that are 2 pounds heavier takes a little bit of the fun away. New limbs, even a 2-pound difference can be tough. Especially when the temperatures are peaking.
Beginning with an Olympic recurve I chose 32 pounds as the initial limb weight. Moving up, as I got comfortable with the prior weight, I increased at 4-pound intervals. Thirty-six pounds wasn’t a stretch. At 40 pounds I felt the increase more so than moving from 32 to 36 pounds.
At 40 I thought I might stop adding weight. Then, 40 began to feel too light. Rather than make another 4 pound jump I moved to 42 pounds. Today is the 4th day of practice at 42 lbs.
It started well. I didn’t overload my work. I started with a low arrow count, just 320 arrows over three days. Today’s count isn’t included since I’ve held off shooting for a bit having done a longer than usual training ride on my bike. I’ll get to the range soon.
Next week is a long break. A long break means four days off. Honestly, I know I need the rest but it is hard not to practice. Practice lately has been hot. I’d rather train in the heat than the cold. But, when it is approaching 100° F the heat takes it out of you (and me).
A new target and new limbs are fun. I think I’m going to like 42-pounds. The heat near 100° leads to a good nights sleep.