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.
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.
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.
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.