We also made some adjustments with her shooting and equipment. I had the limbs on her bow turned down so she can hold it longer when drawing back. This way, she can take the time to focus on her release and form. Ryli came up with the idea of counting to 2 and releasing on 3 once she's sighted in and ready. This also keeps her from moving her bow mid release and dropping it. While she worked on it, not once did she drop her bow. And for Ryli, that's amazing since she's known to drop her bow at least once every couple ends.
I just received the 2014 OAA book. We have gone through it together and highlighted all the tournaments she wants to compete in. I think for the summer months, instead of her shooting the 1440, she will shoot the Canadian 900. Only because this is her first year in Cub division and the shooting distances are a lot farther than what she was shooting at last year. Also, instead of shooting both days, she will only be shooting the one day. Ryli is still young and has plenty of time to shoot the 1440 when she's older. Right now, we're just focusing on her form and release and when she's ready, we will up the draw weight in her bow so she is able to shoot the longer distances.
This year, there are more Field events. Ryli loves shooting field. It's combines her two favourite things, hiking in the woods and archery :)
Ryli did well on the Saturday. She had lots of fun. Her favourite part of the day was shooting alongside Crispin Duenas and watching the shoot-off'.
On Sunday, Ryli was very tired, but still wanted to shoot. She didn't break 500, but did well considering. It was a more mellow kind of day for her. She didn't place, and it didn't bother her. She just likes to shoot. And, if she's happy, I'm happy.
So, after a long weekend of shooting, Ryli was looking forward to having a swim and sit in the hot tub for a bit, but we got stuck on the 401 coming home from the tournament. It took us over 6 hours to get home, when it usually is only a 2 hour drive. By the time we did get home, she was exhausted and just wanted to go to bed.
Next up for Ryli is the Canadian Indoor Championships and the 2015 Canadian Winter Games Training Camp. Both are next weekend, so she has a little less than 2 weeks to prepare. She shoots the Championships on the Friday in Toronto and the Training Camp is on the Sunday in Kitchener. This will give her the Saturday off to relax which is probably a good thing.
Ryli has come to the conclusion that shooting at the 60 cm face at 18 m throws her off. I myself, don't really understand. You'd think the bigger the target, the better. But, I guess she's used to shooting at the 40 cm and 3 spots now. We will have to look at the rule book to see if she can switch to a 40 cm face for the 10 Ring next year. And, I'm going to look into what target she needs for the Canadian Championships and see if she could switch it out for a 40 cm if it's a 60 cm face that's required.
Today I shot an IFAA indoor club round. Not my best shooting because I've been sick, but I wanted to go. I had blood work done and they took it from my right arm which made it really hard to shoot. It was fine when I started, but got really sore by the second half. It also didn't help that I forgot my glasses in my school bag at home either.
Good news, my feet and legs didn't feel sore. Mom got me gel insoles and they work great!
Starting on Tuesday, I'm going to start a log. I'm going to keep track of what I do during my practices and set goals for each competition and tournament I'm in. I'm also going to keep track of any training I do outside of the range like when I use my bands and stretching exercises. I got the idea from my friend Archer Addy from the USA :D
Today was a good day. I was happy that I got to shoot and made 2 more friends. I even got to shoot along side Erin and Cathy again.
My next competition is the Canadian Archers For a Cause :D