danagryphon: (Sagittarius)
Dang, K&Q Archery Champs are the same weekend at the Boog's high school graduation. The actual graduation ceremony is on Friday, and he's scheduled to be with his father the rest of the weekend. So whether I can sneak down to RI on Saturday for the competition depends on what is going on in the way of relatives visiting and parties happening or not.

Not that I'm necessarily planning on competing, which depends heavily on how the shoulders do once I start shooting again in a month or so, and whether I can get good enough with the crossbow to not embarrass myself. But seeing as it's so close, and I would be very happy to serve the royals who will be at the time, it would be nice to go and at least be in the running. Or to support the Yeo should he decide to go and compete (which hopefully he will!).

But the Boog definitely comes first.
danagryphon: (Sagittarius)
Dang, K&Q Archery Champs are the same weekend at the Boog's high school graduation. The actual graduation ceremony is on Friday, and he's scheduled to be with his father the rest of the weekend. So whether I can sneak down to RI on Saturday for the competition depends on what is going on in the way of relatives visiting and parties happening or not.

Not that I'm necessarily planning on competing, which depends heavily on how the shoulders do once I start shooting again in a month or so, and whether I can get good enough with the crossbow to not embarrass myself. But seeing as it's so close, and I would be very happy to serve the royals who will be at the time, it would be nice to go and at least be in the running. Or to support the Yeo should he decide to go and compete (which hopefully he will!).

But the Boog definitely comes first.
danagryphon: (Sagittarius)
One of the silver linings of my shoulder injury is that I can really devote my attention at archery practice to coaching the Yeo. Last night we had a short practice, the first one for him since we switched out to a new string on his bow (the old one was too long). It's been a big adjustment for him. Unfortunately, he had to shoot in the Carolingia tournament with zero prep on the new string, which is probably why he didn't shoot as well as I think he hoped to.

So it was nice to be able to really focus on his shooting. The string has definitely eliminated the left/right problem he was having, but it has made the bow feel heavier to pull for him, so he's fatiguing a little faster. That'll improve with time. He did have a couple of good ends, and I kept trying to reinforce to him that it shows he *can* do well, and the more he shoots, the more that will increase.

Wednesday's PT session was the first time that I was able to complete all the exercises with ZERO pain. I definitely got muscle fatigue, but no pain. The therapist thinks one more week, and I should be good to continue on my own. I've got therapy bands to work with, and I'm going to get some hand weights to continue building strength. One the other hand, I might just finally break down and join with a family membership at M's gym, so I can have access to the weights, the pool, and the other cardio equipment. I'm definitely feeling the need to get into better shape.

I actually had a bow in my hand last night before I left for practice, a light weight longbow that I considered taking and trying to shoot. But good sense prevailed. Much as it sucks, I just need to bite the bullet and not pick up a bow until next spring, and concentrate this winter on strengthening everything. Grrrrr.
danagryphon: (Sagittarius)
One of the silver linings of my shoulder injury is that I can really devote my attention at archery practice to coaching the Yeo. Last night we had a short practice, the first one for him since we switched out to a new string on his bow (the old one was too long). It's been a big adjustment for him. Unfortunately, he had to shoot in the Carolingia tournament with zero prep on the new string, which is probably why he didn't shoot as well as I think he hoped to.

So it was nice to be able to really focus on his shooting. The string has definitely eliminated the left/right problem he was having, but it has made the bow feel heavier to pull for him, so he's fatiguing a little faster. That'll improve with time. He did have a couple of good ends, and I kept trying to reinforce to him that it shows he *can* do well, and the more he shoots, the more that will increase.

Wednesday's PT session was the first time that I was able to complete all the exercises with ZERO pain. I definitely got muscle fatigue, but no pain. The therapist thinks one more week, and I should be good to continue on my own. I've got therapy bands to work with, and I'm going to get some hand weights to continue building strength. One the other hand, I might just finally break down and join with a family membership at M's gym, so I can have access to the weights, the pool, and the other cardio equipment. I'm definitely feeling the need to get into better shape.

I actually had a bow in my hand last night before I left for practice, a light weight longbow that I considered taking and trying to shoot. But good sense prevailed. Much as it sucks, I just need to bite the bullet and not pick up a bow until next spring, and concentrate this winter on strengthening everything. Grrrrr.
danagryphon: (House Face)
Well, actually, yes, yes, it is.

So my left arm's been bothering me on and off for a while now. I injured it the first time over ten years ago, when E was a baby, and I tried to one arm lift him across my body. Big mistake. I spent a week not being able to raise my arm higher than chest height, or lift anything weightier than about a piece of paper.

But it's not my rotator cuff. The pain is too far down on my arm, not really in the shoulder at all. It radiates down the back of my arm, all the way to the elbow. So it looks like what I've got is a good case of triceps tendinitis.

It acts up at some point every archery season, but it's already got me down for the count this year. After my spectacular 100 royal round a couple of weeks ago, practice last Sunday was particularly lacking in skill. It doesn't exactly hurt to draw the bow, but moving it up and down to load is what actually ends up hurting. And the crossbow is even worse, since it involves lifting the dang thing up and down every time I span it.

Sleeping Sunday night was next to impossible in my usual position on my left side. I took the day off Monday so I could sit home and ice it, and have been wearing a sling any time I'm not sitting at my desk for the last two days. Sitting and typing is actually fine, because I can rest my forearm on the desk an essentially immobilize the upper arm.

I think I'm going to end up calling the doc about this flare up, and see if I can get some PT and exercises to keep this from happening. I really don't want to have to give up archery (not to mention, I'd really like to get back into shape for fencing). Tylenol helps when I remember to take it. But I am notorious (at least to my husband) for not wanting to go to the doctor. "Oh, look honey, I've got a piece of broken bone sticking out of my leg, I guess I should probably see a doctor. But can't I just pop it back in and sew it up myself? What's the doctor going to do that I can't?" Yeah, yeah, I know. Blame it on my Irish blood.
danagryphon: (House Face)
Well, actually, yes, yes, it is.

So my left arm's been bothering me on and off for a while now. I injured it the first time over ten years ago, when E was a baby, and I tried to one arm lift him across my body. Big mistake. I spent a week not being able to raise my arm higher than chest height, or lift anything weightier than about a piece of paper.

But it's not my rotator cuff. The pain is too far down on my arm, not really in the shoulder at all. It radiates down the back of my arm, all the way to the elbow. So it looks like what I've got is a good case of triceps tendinitis.

It acts up at some point every archery season, but it's already got me down for the count this year. After my spectacular 100 royal round a couple of weeks ago, practice last Sunday was particularly lacking in skill. It doesn't exactly hurt to draw the bow, but moving it up and down to load is what actually ends up hurting. And the crossbow is even worse, since it involves lifting the dang thing up and down every time I span it.

Sleeping Sunday night was next to impossible in my usual position on my left side. I took the day off Monday so I could sit home and ice it, and have been wearing a sling any time I'm not sitting at my desk for the last two days. Sitting and typing is actually fine, because I can rest my forearm on the desk an essentially immobilize the upper arm.

I think I'm going to end up calling the doc about this flare up, and see if I can get some PT and exercises to keep this from happening. I really don't want to have to give up archery (not to mention, I'd really like to get back into shape for fencing). Tylenol helps when I remember to take it. But I am notorious (at least to my husband) for not wanting to go to the doctor. "Oh, look honey, I've got a piece of broken bone sticking out of my leg, I guess I should probably see a doctor. But can't I just pop it back in and sew it up myself? What's the doctor going to do that I can't?" Yeah, yeah, I know. Blame it on my Irish blood.
danagryphon: (Sagittarius)
K&Q Archery Champs on Saturday was awesome. I wasn't shooting like hot shit on a shingle like I did 2 years ago, but I definitely did better than last year, at least in the Roving Range. If I hadn't choked on one of the easy targets in the morning, and gotten a big goose egg, I would have been in the finals. As it was, I was 3 points off the lowest seated finalist. But considering how little practice I had gotten so far this season, thanks to insane amounts of rain and insane amounts of busy-ness, I'm pretty damn pleased with myself.

The first target on the Roving Range was this thing where you had to shoot through a square window, and then a round donut, and THEN hit the target of an axe beyond that. So I was the first one to shoot the thing, with the entire crowd of archers behind me. Walked up, PLUNK, first one sailed right through both obstacles and into the target. PLUNK, PLUNK, other two followed right behind it. Well DAY-UM.

The next target was a timed one, to shoot this suspended target of a Lotus. I got off 8 arrows in 30 seconds, and the only one that missed was the Hail Mary at the end. After that, my teammates decided I wasn't allowed to shoot first anymore. :D

The rest of the day, I was a little hot and cold, but more hot than cold (well, more like lukewarm; even at my worst, I still scored points), so it's all good. Only broke one arrow, and didn't lose any. Hot damn.

The Yeo did me very proud. He shot well, especially considering it was his first tournament, EVER, with a new quiver, new arrows, and a bow he had only shot with twice before. Not that I had TOO much to do with it, since we haven't really started working in earnest in the coaching area yet. He's just got a lot of innate talent (which is one of the reasons I picked him for a Yeo), and I just tried to help him a little bit by strategizing and lending my sage advice before he shot each target. So yeah, I expect that next year (if it's close enough for us to go), he will probably be a force to be reckoned with. We watched the finals together, and I gave him a running narrative on the archers I knew, which was fun as well.

I was glad to see some good friends make it well into the finals; Li made it past the first elimination round, then lost to Krakken. Colin made it into the semi-finals and then lost to Krakken. All in all, considering Krakken then went to take the whole ball of wax, they got nothin' to be sorry about. Especially since Krakken has his own personal motivations, strong motivations, for winning.

I was saddened later to learn that other close friends also had personal motivations in their shooting, and my thoughts are with them as they grieve the loss of their friend.

But the day was just about as perfect as I could have wanted. Great weather, great company, including the fantastic team we had for the Roving Range (me, Finan, Thyra, Ygraine, Emma, and Emma's friend Miriam). My Shiremates and I stopped for seafood dinner on the way home (having skipped Court, hehehe), and got home a lot earlier than I expected to.

Sunday had a nice Father's Day with the hubby, sans kids, and we went to see Super 8, which was AWESOME. But definitely would have freaked the shit out of the kids, so that was a good choice to go see without them.

Life is good.
danagryphon: (Sagittarius)
K&Q Archery Champs on Saturday was awesome. I wasn't shooting like hot shit on a shingle like I did 2 years ago, but I definitely did better than last year, at least in the Roving Range. If I hadn't choked on one of the easy targets in the morning, and gotten a big goose egg, I would have been in the finals. As it was, I was 3 points off the lowest seated finalist. But considering how little practice I had gotten so far this season, thanks to insane amounts of rain and insane amounts of busy-ness, I'm pretty damn pleased with myself.

The first target on the Roving Range was this thing where you had to shoot through a square window, and then a round donut, and THEN hit the target of an axe beyond that. So I was the first one to shoot the thing, with the entire crowd of archers behind me. Walked up, PLUNK, first one sailed right through both obstacles and into the target. PLUNK, PLUNK, other two followed right behind it. Well DAY-UM.

The next target was a timed one, to shoot this suspended target of a Lotus. I got off 8 arrows in 30 seconds, and the only one that missed was the Hail Mary at the end. After that, my teammates decided I wasn't allowed to shoot first anymore. :D

The rest of the day, I was a little hot and cold, but more hot than cold (well, more like lukewarm; even at my worst, I still scored points), so it's all good. Only broke one arrow, and didn't lose any. Hot damn.

The Yeo did me very proud. He shot well, especially considering it was his first tournament, EVER, with a new quiver, new arrows, and a bow he had only shot with twice before. Not that I had TOO much to do with it, since we haven't really started working in earnest in the coaching area yet. He's just got a lot of innate talent (which is one of the reasons I picked him for a Yeo), and I just tried to help him a little bit by strategizing and lending my sage advice before he shot each target. So yeah, I expect that next year (if it's close enough for us to go), he will probably be a force to be reckoned with. We watched the finals together, and I gave him a running narrative on the archers I knew, which was fun as well.

I was glad to see some good friends make it well into the finals; Li made it past the first elimination round, then lost to Krakken. Colin made it into the semi-finals and then lost to Krakken. All in all, considering Krakken then went to take the whole ball of wax, they got nothin' to be sorry about. Especially since Krakken has his own personal motivations, strong motivations, for winning.

I was saddened later to learn that other close friends also had personal motivations in their shooting, and my thoughts are with them as they grieve the loss of their friend.

But the day was just about as perfect as I could have wanted. Great weather, great company, including the fantastic team we had for the Roving Range (me, Finan, Thyra, Ygraine, Emma, and Emma's friend Miriam). My Shiremates and I stopped for seafood dinner on the way home (having skipped Court, hehehe), and got home a lot earlier than I expected to.

Sunday had a nice Father's Day with the hubby, sans kids, and we went to see Super 8, which was AWESOME. But definitely would have freaked the shit out of the kids, so that was a good choice to go see without them.

Life is good.
danagryphon: (Kids)
I ended up going to 2 of the 4 performances of E's play this weekend; Friday evening and Saturday matinee. He did much better Saturday with getting his lines out and projecting them to be heard. He tells me the Saturday evening performance was a full house (as was the Friday evening one), but both matinee performances were rather light.

Still, he had a blast doing it, and that's what matters.

It was actually pretty good for a Middle School production; they even had kids doing lights and sound, and they were good about hitting their marks as well. The director was a HS junior; she also did a good job. The "producer" (the actual faculty member) is selling a DVD (to help raise money for the drama department), so we ordered one. The only downside was that they did a lovely t-shirt for the cast, which included a cast list on the back, and unfortunately, E's name got left off by accident.

During the cast party, the producer announced that the fall musical production is going to be Dr. Dolittle. So I had to explain to E in the car this morning that YES, Dr. Dolittle is, in fact, a musical, and that NO, bears no resemblance whatsoever to that abomination that starred Eddie Murphy. I loved, loved, loved the Rex Harrison version of DD when I was a child, so now I'm going to buy it on DVD so E can see what DD is supposed to be like. And I tell you, if they decide to go with the classic and keep it set in Victorian times, I might actually volunteer to do the costuming for it.

E also said that the teacher is trying to get the spring production to also be a musical next year, that combines the drama departments from both the MS and HS. He's very excited about that prospect, too.

Anyway, so other than being drama-chauffeur this weekend, I did manage to get some time to work on arrows with my yeoman. He finished his quiver, which looks fabulous, and yesterday, we finally finished his arrows so he has something to put in it! We are going to try to get together one night this week to do a mini-practice so he can at least give them a test drive before the competition this weekend. So K&Q's is going to be his very first competition (sound familiar?), so I'm going to try to spend a lot of time giving him advice and keeping an eye on him. Given that I have had no where near the practice I need to be in top form at this point, I'm again just looking to not completely embarrass myself, so I won't feel bad in helping the yeo during the competition as much as I can. One of these years, I'll really be in it to win it, before I turn into a washed-up old has-been. ;)

I also got good progress on my crossbow bolts, but I don't think they are going to be ready for this weekend. Still up in the air about whether I want to take the crossbow anyway. Probably will just stick with the recurve for now.

I also have a scroll to finish up for this weekend, made good progress on that, so I think I'm in good shape. I'm taking it from a page of Catherine of Cleves, the one with the border that looks like a tapestry. I also now have another assignment due for Glenn Lynn, but one of Liam's protege's is wordsmithing it for me; it's for a Celtic persona, so I'm fairly confident I can create something nice with knotwork in pretty short order.

Oh, and E starts his fencing lessons tomorrow night! I got him the Groupon package of 7 weeks of lessons at the Worcester Fencing Academy for his bday. He's excited.

Never a dull moment in my house, that's for sure.
danagryphon: (Kids)
I ended up going to 2 of the 4 performances of E's play this weekend; Friday evening and Saturday matinee. He did much better Saturday with getting his lines out and projecting them to be heard. He tells me the Saturday evening performance was a full house (as was the Friday evening one), but both matinee performances were rather light.

Still, he had a blast doing it, and that's what matters.

It was actually pretty good for a Middle School production; they even had kids doing lights and sound, and they were good about hitting their marks as well. The director was a HS junior; she also did a good job. The "producer" (the actual faculty member) is selling a DVD (to help raise money for the drama department), so we ordered one. The only downside was that they did a lovely t-shirt for the cast, which included a cast list on the back, and unfortunately, E's name got left off by accident.

During the cast party, the producer announced that the fall musical production is going to be Dr. Dolittle. So I had to explain to E in the car this morning that YES, Dr. Dolittle is, in fact, a musical, and that NO, bears no resemblance whatsoever to that abomination that starred Eddie Murphy. I loved, loved, loved the Rex Harrison version of DD when I was a child, so now I'm going to buy it on DVD so E can see what DD is supposed to be like. And I tell you, if they decide to go with the classic and keep it set in Victorian times, I might actually volunteer to do the costuming for it.

E also said that the teacher is trying to get the spring production to also be a musical next year, that combines the drama departments from both the MS and HS. He's very excited about that prospect, too.

Anyway, so other than being drama-chauffeur this weekend, I did manage to get some time to work on arrows with my yeoman. He finished his quiver, which looks fabulous, and yesterday, we finally finished his arrows so he has something to put in it! We are going to try to get together one night this week to do a mini-practice so he can at least give them a test drive before the competition this weekend. So K&Q's is going to be his very first competition (sound familiar?), so I'm going to try to spend a lot of time giving him advice and keeping an eye on him. Given that I have had no where near the practice I need to be in top form at this point, I'm again just looking to not completely embarrass myself, so I won't feel bad in helping the yeo during the competition as much as I can. One of these years, I'll really be in it to win it, before I turn into a washed-up old has-been. ;)

I also got good progress on my crossbow bolts, but I don't think they are going to be ready for this weekend. Still up in the air about whether I want to take the crossbow anyway. Probably will just stick with the recurve for now.

I also have a scroll to finish up for this weekend, made good progress on that, so I think I'm in good shape. I'm taking it from a page of Catherine of Cleves, the one with the border that looks like a tapestry. I also now have another assignment due for Glenn Lynn, but one of Liam's protege's is wordsmithing it for me; it's for a Celtic persona, so I'm fairly confident I can create something nice with knotwork in pretty short order.

Oh, and E starts his fencing lessons tomorrow night! I got him the Groupon package of 7 weeks of lessons at the Worcester Fencing Academy for his bday. He's excited.

Never a dull moment in my house, that's for sure.
danagryphon: (Shooting)
I woke up this morning with a pleasant ache in most of my muscles, and remember how much I like that feeling. Between some strenuous activities at home on Saturday, and a solid hour and a half of archery on Sunday, I had a pretty good workout. I actually have missed that feeling of well worked muscles. Time to do something about that.

Thursday, I took a sick day from work, because, as I told my friend, I felt like I was eating ground glass every time I breathed or swallowed. That evening, hubby got home and declared that he was springing for pizza for dinner, so that I didn't have to cook. Good hubby.

Friday I was back at work, dosed up on Dayquil. Friday evening, M and I ran some errands, while I was trying to shake the last vestiges of this stupid cold. It's going away pretty quickly. One of the things I got while out was a new pop-up at Dicks, since they were on sale. My old one finally gave up the ghost last summer at Bay State Games, when the frame bent in the wind. But I had it for six or seven years of hard use, between scouts and the SCA, so I had no regrets or hesitation in getting another Quest brand. And this one is RED! :D

Saturday evening, hubby's Masonic lodge was having a pizza and movie night; several Wallace and Gromit shorts, and an Abbot & Costello film. So it was fun.

It was also nice to see the sun sporadically this weekend, although the crap flying through the air on Friday evening did not give me warm fuzzies about how this allergy season is going to play out for me. Aaaaand now we are back to rain. Ugh.

Oh, Saturday, we also ran out and finally got a new battery for my motorcycle. Hubby is going to take it out to get inspected the next time we have a break in the weather.

Tonight is season finale of House, tomorrow night is Glee season finale. Other projects this week will include working on scroll and food for Sommer Draw (and maybe some garb), cleaning for my sister and bil to come visit over Mem Day weekend, and maybe working on my crossbow bolts. Don't know how much shooting I'll get done at Sommer Draw with all the cooking I've taken on, but I was hoping to get in at least one competition before K&Q's archery champs in a few weeks. I didn't do too bad shooting yesterday; I'm in Master Bowman range (low in the range), but when I actually remember to CONCENTRATE, I hit what I want to hit. That's going to be my big goal for this season, is to work on sustaining my concentration and focus, and shooting at MY pace and not someone esle's.
danagryphon: (Shooting)
I woke up this morning with a pleasant ache in most of my muscles, and remember how much I like that feeling. Between some strenuous activities at home on Saturday, and a solid hour and a half of archery on Sunday, I had a pretty good workout. I actually have missed that feeling of well worked muscles. Time to do something about that.

Thursday, I took a sick day from work, because, as I told my friend, I felt like I was eating ground glass every time I breathed or swallowed. That evening, hubby got home and declared that he was springing for pizza for dinner, so that I didn't have to cook. Good hubby.

Friday I was back at work, dosed up on Dayquil. Friday evening, M and I ran some errands, while I was trying to shake the last vestiges of this stupid cold. It's going away pretty quickly. One of the things I got while out was a new pop-up at Dicks, since they were on sale. My old one finally gave up the ghost last summer at Bay State Games, when the frame bent in the wind. But I had it for six or seven years of hard use, between scouts and the SCA, so I had no regrets or hesitation in getting another Quest brand. And this one is RED! :D

Saturday evening, hubby's Masonic lodge was having a pizza and movie night; several Wallace and Gromit shorts, and an Abbot & Costello film. So it was fun.

It was also nice to see the sun sporadically this weekend, although the crap flying through the air on Friday evening did not give me warm fuzzies about how this allergy season is going to play out for me. Aaaaand now we are back to rain. Ugh.

Oh, Saturday, we also ran out and finally got a new battery for my motorcycle. Hubby is going to take it out to get inspected the next time we have a break in the weather.

Tonight is season finale of House, tomorrow night is Glee season finale. Other projects this week will include working on scroll and food for Sommer Draw (and maybe some garb), cleaning for my sister and bil to come visit over Mem Day weekend, and maybe working on my crossbow bolts. Don't know how much shooting I'll get done at Sommer Draw with all the cooking I've taken on, but I was hoping to get in at least one competition before K&Q's archery champs in a few weeks. I didn't do too bad shooting yesterday; I'm in Master Bowman range (low in the range), but when I actually remember to CONCENTRATE, I hit what I want to hit. That's going to be my big goal for this season, is to work on sustaining my concentration and focus, and shooting at MY pace and not someone esle's.
danagryphon: (Sagittarius)
Yesterday at archery practice, I scored 26 at 20 yards, 18 on the timed end, 23 at 30 yards, and 20 at 40 yards with the crossbow. The only problem is, I didn't do all those things in a row. So still no 80+ average for me. The best royal round I could put together yesterday was only a 69, in which I only got 16 at 20 yards. I can do 25+ at 20 yards, fairly easily, and fairly regularly. Just not at that particular time.

Arg.

All the pieces are there, I just can't put them together in a consistent way yet. My two 80+ scores were shot in May and August. Hopefully I can get one more in the next month or so before we call it quits on the outdoor range for the season.

But I still got bragging rights over whupping the Boss in a competition. That thought will keep me rosy and warm for a good long while.

I'm also quite happy about how archery has grown in Quintavia in the last 3 years since I became a marshal and the Captain of Archers. Yesterday we had enough archers at practice that we had to run 2 lines for us all to shoot, and one of the brandy-new archers is about to achieve Bowman rank (having skipped right through Marksman before I could even get his badge to him). We now have 3 other active marshals besides myself, soon to be 4. We are going to have a second practice location come spring, which I am looking forward to visiting when trying to get back into form for competition season next year. (And yes, Ryan, I will be putting all this in my marshal's report later this month) ;)

The one thing I still struggle with is finding the right balance between when to teach/advice/correct people. I generally let people know that I'm happy to give coaching if asked, but I really hesitate to give unsolicited advice, because I don't want to come across as pushy. I guess I also still have difficulty seeing myself as a qualified enough as a bad-ass archer to be giving out advice to other people. I've given lessons to newbies on how to shoot, so they could get started, and occasionally will make a comment if I see a particularly incorrect aspect of form, but sometimes I feel like I should be doing more.

Li gives me the "you should get a yeoman" talk more and more as I approach the end of my service to him, but while I know a few people who would be good candidates, I'm not comfortable with the whole procedure of who should ask whom, when, and how.
danagryphon: (Sagittarius)
Yesterday at archery practice, I scored 26 at 20 yards, 18 on the timed end, 23 at 30 yards, and 20 at 40 yards with the crossbow. The only problem is, I didn't do all those things in a row. So still no 80+ average for me. The best royal round I could put together yesterday was only a 69, in which I only got 16 at 20 yards. I can do 25+ at 20 yards, fairly easily, and fairly regularly. Just not at that particular time.

Arg.

All the pieces are there, I just can't put them together in a consistent way yet. My two 80+ scores were shot in May and August. Hopefully I can get one more in the next month or so before we call it quits on the outdoor range for the season.

But I still got bragging rights over whupping the Boss in a competition. That thought will keep me rosy and warm for a good long while.

I'm also quite happy about how archery has grown in Quintavia in the last 3 years since I became a marshal and the Captain of Archers. Yesterday we had enough archers at practice that we had to run 2 lines for us all to shoot, and one of the brandy-new archers is about to achieve Bowman rank (having skipped right through Marksman before I could even get his badge to him). We now have 3 other active marshals besides myself, soon to be 4. We are going to have a second practice location come spring, which I am looking forward to visiting when trying to get back into form for competition season next year. (And yes, Ryan, I will be putting all this in my marshal's report later this month) ;)

The one thing I still struggle with is finding the right balance between when to teach/advice/correct people. I generally let people know that I'm happy to give coaching if asked, but I really hesitate to give unsolicited advice, because I don't want to come across as pushy. I guess I also still have difficulty seeing myself as a qualified enough as a bad-ass archer to be giving out advice to other people. I've given lessons to newbies on how to shoot, so they could get started, and occasionally will make a comment if I see a particularly incorrect aspect of form, but sometimes I feel like I should be doing more.

Li gives me the "you should get a yeoman" talk more and more as I approach the end of my service to him, but while I know a few people who would be good candidates, I'm not comfortable with the whole procedure of who should ask whom, when, and how.
danagryphon: (Shooting)
So last night, I went, I shot, I couldn't get above a 71. I only needed a 78 with the crossbow (along with my two 81's) to get an average of 80. But it was not meant to be last night. We tweaked my shooting form a bit, and I was shooting in failing light, making it difficult to see where my bolts were landing so I could make aiming adjustments (after 3 bolts off the top of the target by about a foot at 30 yards, and Li chastising me that they were all still high, I informed him that's because I couldn't SEE where they were going!).

And it's always hard to shoot well with limited time while making changes to form. I think if I had been able to shoot for another hour, I would have been able to get my last Master Bowman score. I have an downward parabola in my scores during any given practice session, usually; somewhere in the middle, I start to over think everything and my scores plummet, until I get too tired to think so much and just do it by instinct. This process usually takes about 2 hours, and last night, I only had just over an hour to shoot. All the pieces of the score I needed were there, I just couldn't put them together in the time I had to get a complete good RR.

Another factor is that I have gotten to the point where my concentration is better when I am shooting on my own, on the range I am used to. Not that I don't appreciate all of Uncle Li's sage advice (I wouldn't be at the level I am at today without it!), but it can also be a bit distracting in the middle of shooting an end.

So I will probably try again on Sunday, depending on whether practice actually happens. If no one else is going to come out shooting, I may take a break and let the bruise on my collarbone heal, instead. I also need to make some new bolts; I am down to 12, about half of those are pretty ratty looking. We picked out some cedar last night to make about 2 1/2 dozen, but I didn't want to take time when they were sitting down to dinner to get the rest of the supplies from him that I need to start construction.

Especially since I now have a scroll assignment for Coronation. That is going to be taking up my spare time for the next couple of weeks. Bolt making will probably come after that.
danagryphon: (Shooting)
So last night, I went, I shot, I couldn't get above a 71. I only needed a 78 with the crossbow (along with my two 81's) to get an average of 80. But it was not meant to be last night. We tweaked my shooting form a bit, and I was shooting in failing light, making it difficult to see where my bolts were landing so I could make aiming adjustments (after 3 bolts off the top of the target by about a foot at 30 yards, and Li chastising me that they were all still high, I informed him that's because I couldn't SEE where they were going!).

And it's always hard to shoot well with limited time while making changes to form. I think if I had been able to shoot for another hour, I would have been able to get my last Master Bowman score. I have an downward parabola in my scores during any given practice session, usually; somewhere in the middle, I start to over think everything and my scores plummet, until I get too tired to think so much and just do it by instinct. This process usually takes about 2 hours, and last night, I only had just over an hour to shoot. All the pieces of the score I needed were there, I just couldn't put them together in the time I had to get a complete good RR.

Another factor is that I have gotten to the point where my concentration is better when I am shooting on my own, on the range I am used to. Not that I don't appreciate all of Uncle Li's sage advice (I wouldn't be at the level I am at today without it!), but it can also be a bit distracting in the middle of shooting an end.

So I will probably try again on Sunday, depending on whether practice actually happens. If no one else is going to come out shooting, I may take a break and let the bruise on my collarbone heal, instead. I also need to make some new bolts; I am down to 12, about half of those are pretty ratty looking. We picked out some cedar last night to make about 2 1/2 dozen, but I didn't want to take time when they were sitting down to dinner to get the rest of the supplies from him that I need to start construction.

Especially since I now have a scroll assignment for Coronation. That is going to be taking up my spare time for the next couple of weeks. Bolt making will probably come after that.
danagryphon: (Sagittarius)
Today's practice was AWESOME! Thyra, who recently achieved Bowman average, just over 60, beat that with a new personal best of 86! And Finan, who I just presented with his Archer badge, who hadn't broken 40 before today, almost broke 60 with a 58! And I, finally, at the end of the practice, got my second 81 with the crossbow. One more to go, hopefully when I go shooting at Li's on Wednesday night.

Quintavian archers rock!
danagryphon: (Sagittarius)
Today's practice was AWESOME! Thyra, who recently achieved Bowman average, just over 60, beat that with a new personal best of 86! And Finan, who I just presented with his Archer badge, who hadn't broken 40 before today, almost broke 60 with a 58! And I, finally, at the end of the practice, got my second 81 with the crossbow. One more to go, hopefully when I go shooting at Li's on Wednesday night.

Quintavian archers rock!

Smokin'!

Aug. 28th, 2010 11:26 pm
danagryphon: (Sagittarius)
So I went to the Carolingia archery champs event today with [livejournal.com profile] chrystie69. I got my crossbow back from Uncle Li, who had borrowed to lend at the war, as he always seems to find some willing soul who has never shot before and convince them to give the crossbow a try.

I brought my recurve anyway, just in case, but ended up deciding to shoot the crossbow, because I knew I wasn't trying to win the championship, and I wanted the practice. So I shot the crossbow for all but one of the shoots, a timed shoot where I would have been really limited in the points I coud have gotten with the crossbow, and pulled out the recurve.

And I was smokin' hot all day. I got the second highest score of all the archers there, beaten only by Colin Ursell (who I tied at K&Q's last year).

Which means, I BEAT Uncle Li. With. A. Crossbow.

bounce, bounce, wicked evil grin, bwahahahahahaha

Ok, so he was NOT having the best day of shooting, and I was. But still.

Bwahaahahahaha.

Two more 80+ royal round scores with a crossbow, and I am a graduate of The Program. Shire archery practice is tomorrow, and then I am going down to Li's on Wednesday to shoot. Hopefully, if the gods smile upon me, that is all it will take to get a Master Bowman RR average with the crossbow.

The Bossman says I done good.

Smokin'!

Aug. 28th, 2010 11:26 pm
danagryphon: (Sagittarius)
So I went to the Carolingia archery champs event today with [livejournal.com profile] chrystie69. I got my crossbow back from Uncle Li, who had borrowed to lend at the war, as he always seems to find some willing soul who has never shot before and convince them to give the crossbow a try.

I brought my recurve anyway, just in case, but ended up deciding to shoot the crossbow, because I knew I wasn't trying to win the championship, and I wanted the practice. So I shot the crossbow for all but one of the shoots, a timed shoot where I would have been really limited in the points I coud have gotten with the crossbow, and pulled out the recurve.

And I was smokin' hot all day. I got the second highest score of all the archers there, beaten only by Colin Ursell (who I tied at K&Q's last year).

Which means, I BEAT Uncle Li. With. A. Crossbow.

bounce, bounce, wicked evil grin, bwahahahahahaha

Ok, so he was NOT having the best day of shooting, and I was. But still.

Bwahaahahahaha.

Two more 80+ royal round scores with a crossbow, and I am a graduate of The Program. Shire archery practice is tomorrow, and then I am going down to Li's on Wednesday to shoot. Hopefully, if the gods smile upon me, that is all it will take to get a Master Bowman RR average with the crossbow.

The Bossman says I done good.

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