Yes Sir, It Is Cold Outside

We started a road trip to Georgia on the 19th of December. We returned to North Carolina on the evening of January 2nd. January 3, we had to stock up on groceries and unpack from the road trip. January 4th there was Winter Storm Grayson to deal with. Over those 17 days it was only possible to practice archery four times. Typically, over the same duration there would have been 32 practice sessions.

At least the 50mph winds had died down

There is still snow on the ground from Grayson and the temperature  peaked around 27°F. Regardless, there was 18-meter archery practice. You might think, “Why not drive to a nearby indoor range?” Simply, nope, no way. The roads are covered with snow and ice. In this part of the country there are plows, but snowplows are a rarity.

It was so cold I had to place the pen used to record arrows and notes on the space heater to keep the ink flowing

When it comes to shooting in the cold there is a space heater in the shed where I stand. However, the doors to the shed must remain open during the shooting. The little space heater did all it could but the temperature in the shed didn’t go above 28°F. When it came to timing how long to stay in the cold, my “toes knows” when to stop. When they felt frozen I’d stop, go inside, thaw before heading back out.

I heated these boots before putting them on. They felt great for a few minutes.

Practice was awful. It’s hard to know if the sorry shooting was the lack of practice, the cold, all the clothes being worn to fight the cold, or the combination of all three. Regardless of the reason, the practice scores were two of the lowest three scores I’ve shot since USA Archery switched to the smaller 10 ring.

Snow covered toes.

4 thoughts on “Yes Sir, It Is Cold Outside”

  1. David, people go to different altitudes to enhance their training and perhaps to different terrains/geography. Is there any basis for training at different temperatures?

    1. Not that I know of. if you get a chance look at respiratory problems and hockey players. They train in cold. They also have more respiratory problems which my be linked to the cold. There are many that look at cold / warm water immersions for post-training recovery which seems to work. Personally, I’ll take the soreness versus an ice bath. Naturally, winter sports require training in the cold. It is warmer in Alabama and Georgia then here in NC. I’ll be in Georgia in 8 days where it was 20 degrees warmer during the day than here. I am looking forward to milder winters. In defense of NC – it is a beautiful State and I’ll miss being on the water.

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