Training and practice started early today – at 0520. Training starts with 30 minutes of stretching and balance exercises. (Nothing can start until my dogs are let out then fed) This is followed by breakfast, a run and then archery. On non-recovery days, they all start in this manner.
Stretching and balance regime is done before breakfast. This includes 25 exercises that are specifically pit together to be an ad to archery. It takes 26 to 30 minutes to move through all the positions and stretches.
When that’s complete I have breakfast. I wait a few minutes, using that time to make up the bed, gather River’s collar (My Labrador running partner), and don my running apparel, before we head out to trails.
The run lasts 30 minutes to 45 minutes depending on the trails we take. Post run I do a brief workout on with my speed rope. If you’ve never skipped rope using a speed rope give it a try. It is a great addition to conditioning. By now I’m about 2 hours or so into my morning and it is time to move to archery.
Each archery practice begins with a plan. The plan is based on a weekly schedule. As improvements or goals are reached the plan evolves. For example, replacing my string meant re-calibrating my sight tape. That chore is incorporated into yardage practice, which was the plan for yesterday.
Yesterday, I did go beyond the planned arrow count. My new Fairweather Tab arrived from Lancaster Archery so I added 60 more arrows as part of condition the tab.
The new tab will require a breaking in period. The Kangaroo leather is still stiff. So, this morning, the plan archery training plan was amended a bit. I moved back to 18-meters and spent the morning working with the Fairweather.
As I head out to the range, I pause and let the chickens out of their coop. They are allowed free range while I’m shooting. They are rounded up when I return from the range. The range is about 20 yards away from their coop and I’m hoping my shooting will discourage hawks from swooping down on my chickens. So far, so good.
Practice went well and I landed 98% of my arrows in red or better with 67% in yellow.
Rain had been forecast and the weatherman was correct. It rained. There was a light rain falling off and on during practice. Minutes after I’d finished this morning’s practice it switched to a downpour.
Between morning and afternoon practice I put notes in my logbook and write these posts. I’ll also have lunch and take a short nap. Then, it is onto the afternoon training schedule.
Tomorrow is scheduled recovery day. I am considered adjusting my plan and moving this to an active recovery day. That means I shoot but will use a reduced poundage bow.
This describes my morning training schedule in general. The afternoon has a similar repeat except running is replaced with cycling and there is no jumping rope.