The 2021 Georgia Golden Olympics were held in Warner-Robins, Georgia. I entered for two reasons: Qualify for the 2022 National Senior Games and visit my sister who lives in Warner-Robins.
The highlight of the trip was seeing my sister. It is always a pleasure to visit her.
The tournament was a mess. It had rained the night before and the field was a bit swampy. That really wasn’t an issue. I’d expected the rain and had waterproof boots to wear.
The problem was the organizers had expected the event a week later. All the archers arrived and there wasn’t a target in sight.
When it was clear there was a miscommunication a few of the archers found some target butts and targets. There were on 6 butts and thirty archers.
We made due at 60 yards by cramming five archers per target. Not a problem at 60 yards. At 50 yards it wasn’t going to work. Every one shooting was so good that there wasn’t room in the yellow rings to hold all the arrows without breaking many of them. In addition, as tight as the arrows were at 60 yards, scoring – following each arrow from nock to pile was more difficult that you’d think. Thirty arrows squeezed into a 12.5 cm ring is a lot.
We ended up having to run a line where the arrows would be shot then pulled then run the next line and pull the arrows. Arrows had to be pulled after each end. IT made for a long and hungry day.
I’d brought enough food for a four-hour tournament. Roughly 800 calories worth of solid food and four drinks for another 1000 calories. It ran out sooner than expected. It was rough. It is hard to focus when you are hungry.
A friend gave me a breakfast bar and it was enough. At least it didn’t rain on us.