Monday, December 28, 2009

Running the mountain roads

I am staying at the hotel Associa in Takayama with my family this weekend. I just couldn't face the disappointment of missing another run so I slipped my running gear in the car with out anyone noticing. Right after we checked in I threw on my training clothes and said "see ya"! to the girls. It wasn't untill I got out the door that I remembered the hotel is about 3km up a big hill on the way a bigger hill. Whatever direction I took I was going to be running a hill. I was scheduled to run 60 minutes but since I was trying out my new Nike Free 5.0's (thank you Santa ) I thought I would start with 15 min. out and see how I felt about it. After that I just kept adding 5 more minutes untill I got up to 45 min. Quite a surprise as I figured the hills would kill me. Actully they did. I had to slow down and my over all average pace was in the mid 7's or about 1 minute slower per km than I usually run. The new shoes are very different and really point out how much I still heel strike. I've been trying to follow the chirunning principles and thought I had a good mid foot strike going. That's what they are supposed to do for you though. Teach you to run like you are bare foot.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Todays run

Ive been hanging in there with my jogging and think I might actually be able to make it through the 10km in Inuyama in under 1:15.
Well hopefully better but its going to take patience to run slow and not get injured.
anyway heres this

Sunday, December 13, 2009

TargetMate Round Export

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18;18;9;8;7;
19;18;8;7;7;
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Start date: 2009-12-13 12:46 PM
Target: FITA
Total score: 410

TargetMate Round Export

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Start date: 2009-12-13 9:35 AM
Target: FITA
Total score: 508

Thursday, November 26, 2009

TargetMate Round Export

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9;18;9;6;5;
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Start date: 2009-11-26 11:00 AM
Target: FITA
Total score: 248

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Start date: 2009-11-26 10:26 AM
Target: FITA
Total score: 252

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

TargetMate Round Export

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Start date: 2009-11-25 1:57 PM
Target: FITA
Total score: 252

Sunday, November 15, 2009

TargetMate Round Export

End;Distance;Score
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7;18;8;8;8;
8;18;8;8;8;
9;18;9;8;8;
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Start date: 2009-11-15 9:41 AM
Target: FITA
Total score: 222

Saturday, October 31, 2009





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Friday, October 30, 2009

おにぎり

Yummy yummy Bacon cheese onigiri (rice ball)



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Monday, October 26, 2009




This is what 1063 looks like baby! Shot with my trusty Win and Win Expert and everest pro limbs. Also used were my new SF delta Berger button and my spigarelli inox rest. Fun Fun Fun


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Sunday, October 25, 2009

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Start date: 2009-10-25 9:45
Target: FITA
Total score: 1063


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35;30m;10;9;7;
36;30m;10;8;7;
37;30m;<br/><br/>


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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Rolly Polly

videoKate is really rolly Polly


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Really !!!!!



Arrow speed (downrange): 65.77 m/s -- 215.78 fps 

Time to reach 18 meters: 0.26 sec 
Time to reach 30 meters: 0.45 sec 



I calculated the following sight marks (relative to 18.0 m sightmark): 
for 18 meters, move sight pin 0.00 cm up (time in flight = 0.26 sec) 
for 30 meters, move sight pin 1.35 cm down (time in flight = 0.45 sec) 
for 50 meters, move sight pin 3.61 cm down (time in flight = 0.75 sec) 
for 70 meters, move sight pin 5.89 cm down (time in flight = 1.06 sec) 
for 90 meters, move sight pin 8.19 cm down (time in flight = 1.36 sec) 



Detailed sight mark table, relative to 18.0 m sightmark:
DistanceSight pin offsetLaunch angleTime in flight
10m0.90 cm up0.56 degrees0.14 sec
15m0.34 cm up0.88 degrees0.22 sec
20m0.22 cm down1.21 degrees0.29 sec
25m0.79 cm down1.53 degrees0.37 sec
30m1.35 cm down1.86 degrees0.45 sec
35m1.91 cm down2.18 degrees0.52 sec
40m2.48 cm down2.51 degrees0.60 sec
45m3.04 cm down2.84 degrees0.67 sec
50m3.61 cm down3.16 degrees0.75 sec
55m4.18 cm down3.49 degrees0.83 sec
60m4.74 cm down3.82 degrees0.90 sec
65m5.31 cm down4.15 degrees0.98 sec
70m5.89 cm down4.47 degrees1.06 sec
75m6.46 cm down4.80 degrees1.13 sec
80m7.03 cm down5.13 degrees1.21 sec
85m7.61 cm down5.46 degrees1.29 sec
90m8.19 cm down5.80 degrees1.36 sec
95m8.77 cm down6.13 degrees1.44 sec
100m9.35 cm down6.46 degrees1.52 sec



Detailed yard sight mark table, relative to 18.0 m sightmark:
DistanceSight pin offsetLaunch angleTime in flight
10yd0.39 inches up0.51 degrees0.13 sec
15yd0.19 inches up0.80 degrees0.20 sec
20yd0.01 inches down1.10 degrees0.27 sec
25yd0.22 inches down1.39 degrees0.34 sec
30yd0.42 inches down1.69 degrees0.41 sec
35yd0.62 inches down1.99 degrees0.48 sec
40yd0.82 inches down2.29 degrees0.55 sec
45yd1.03 inches down2.59 degrees0.62 sec
50yd1.23 inches down2.88 degrees0.69 sec
55yd1.43 inches down3.18 degrees0.76 sec
60yd1.64 inches down3.48 degrees0.82 sec
65yd1.84 inches down3.78 degrees0.89 sec
70yd2.05 inches down4.08 degrees0.96 sec
75yd2.25 inches down4.38 degrees1.04 sec
80yd2.46 inches down4.68 degrees1.11 sec
85yd2.67 inches down4.98 degrees1.18 sec
90yd2.87 inches down5.29 degrees1.25 sec
95yd3.08 inches down5.59 degrees1.32 sec
100yd3.29 inches down5.89 degrees1.39 sec


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Monday, October 12, 2009

Keith Brown

I have a new email address
Phone number no change
Thank you

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

My New toy!

Picked up a new toy. That there is a Win and Win Pro Accent carbon fiberr riser with Win and Win Everest pro 36# long limbs. A Win and Win Fomax 30" centre stabilizer, 4"Win and Win Fomax extension and 10" side rods all hooked up with a cartel 70 deg flat v-bar. On top is a Win and Win damper. Limbsavers are mounted on the limbs. A Shibuya dual click RC standard sight with my custom aperature. The grip is a Jager JMB best grip. The string was built by my friend Brian Bos.

I'm hoping this will take me into 1100 in the up coming FITA round.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Running log 9/15

First day of training for ten km
Resting hr 66
Five min. Warm up and streach
4:30 run :30 walk repeat 7 times.
From house to shin kani station and ride train home.
Breakfast ichigo pan and 500ml water.
Felt good to be out in the sun early in the morning. The felling
lasted all day.
Now let's hope I van stick with it.


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Sunday, June 7, 2009

On the way

Fuji !

Monday, June 1, 2009

Went to the Chikusa Sports Centre again today and tried "walk back tuning". Actually I didn't do any "tuning". Just shot at 10, 20 and 30m and took some pics of the results. It was windy and I was in too much of a hurry so the groups are not great. But let's compare them to the ones I do tomorrow ;)








Saturday, May 16, 2009

Long time no post.

I never understood what all those numbers in the boxes under the pictures of the girls on that sports illustrated yearly wall hanging could be good for or why some pages have 31 and others less(print error?). Anyway they work great for a close range target when blank bale is just too dull you can play around the clock

Thursday, March 26, 2009

video

Sunday, March 22, 2009

70m

7 7 6 6 4 4 34
10 9 8 6 6 4 43
* 10 7 7 6 6 46
10 10 9 7 5 3 44
9 9 8 7 5 2 40
8 8 7 6 4 4 37

244

Nakaike FITA single

video6 4 1 m m m 11
9 9 8 8 1 1 36 47
6 6 5 4 2 1 24 71
9 6 5 5 4 1 30 101
9 8 8 6 2 2 35 136
9 9 6 4 4 0 32 168

Monday, March 16, 2009

Sunday was great. I got to spend some quality time with my family and also some time shooting. Having my little girl there by my side was a treat. Every time I loosed an arrow she said "Good job!" Talk about positive reinforcment! I still can't believe that her mom wasn't prompting her.
70m I gotta say I love shooting 70m at Nakaike. The sun is behind me and I can see the arrow arc all the way into the target. At 90m I loose it and need to use my scope to see how I did but at 70 I can usually tell that if it's high or low or left or right. I can't actually see the arrow in the target but I have a pretty good I dea where it went. At 50m the target is too small to provide a backdrop to watch the arrow against and at 30m and 18m it happens to fast to really track the arrow. Yup 70m is my favorite.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

panorama shot of my class

Monday, March 9, 2009

Back to the heavy limbs

After yesterdays performance at the Yokkaicghi indoor I decided to go back to ACE's and my heavy limbs. That meant I had to set up my rest,and tiller and alignment again. After initial set up I was right of centre and my group was loose. I moved my centre shot to the left and the group tightend up but was still right as you can see in the pic. I added one turn to the plunger and shot the second group!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

This is how it goes.

10 9 8 9 9 8 53
10 10 9 9 9 6 53106
9 6 4 9 7 8 43 149
10 8 7 8 7 4 44 193
8 8 8 6 6 4 40 233
10 9 8 9 9 8 53
10 10 9 9 9 6 53 1069 6 4 9 7 8 43 149
10 8 7 8 7 4 44 193
10 9 8 9 9 8 53
10 10 9 9 9 6 53 1069 6 4 9 7 8 43 109
10 10 9 9 9 6 53 106
10 9 8 9 9 8 53 53

Yokkaichi 四日市市 indoor

WISH ME LUCK

Friday, March 6, 2009

Friday again

No pictures and no Video this time. but I'm feeling pretty good. I didn't get to shoot this afternoon because it was POURING rain. That means I was in far less of a rush today and I could do a better job with my classes. That made me feel more relaxed after work which meant when I got to the range in the evening I was mellow. I did so much better than on Monday and the coach said I seemed to have more energy. Last monday I managed to the top limb on the bottom and the bottom on the top. With some limbs that doesn't matter because they are identical. With lower end limbs though they have broader tolerances and they put them together in matched sets with the upper and lower limbs marked as such. A bow, when set up properly should have the lower limb set slightly stronger. If you have the lower limb on the top this makes the set up even or perhaps the top limb will be stronger. Makes it veryy hard to shoot well. Now If got that straightened out so I have more confidence about Next sundays competion. If I have the time between ends I'll post realtime scoring again so all my fans at home can keep up with action. LOL

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Practising indoors

Well here's a couple vids of my practice at my school.

video

Not sure if this is good form but I feel like I'm in line.

Sorry for the glaring lights. I'll remember to turn those around some how.

video

Monday, February 23, 2009

I got back to the range today. Finally I can lift and draw the bow again. Tomorrow might be a different story but today I was ok. I played it safe and quit early too. Once I started to feel like I was spraying and praying I packed it up. Tomorrow I am going to work on getting my anchor finger tight in against my jaw bone. I can do it really nicely with the rubber strap but not with the bow. Maybe my schnoz is too big?

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Cel phones and toilets

I knew I should have backed up the data on my kei-tai (japanese for cel phone). At least I should have before I dropped it in the toilet :( Yuck! Luckily it fell in BEFORE I...well you know what I mean.

And ignore that last post. I was on the poor me boat because I hurt my neck and couldn't shoot for a few days. I'm past that now. If I can't shoot, I'll strum my guitar.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Back to square one.

Once again I will enter a competion unprepared. Without practicing it seems pointless to even try. So again as with SCUBA and guitar and tennis and offroad riding archery is DEAD! Every time I find somthing that I feel I can be good at with some practice life gets in the way. Perhaps because I feel guilty about taking the time to practice. Maybe thats the secret? Should I just be more selfish with my time? Work takes up 12 hours a day so with 5 to 6 hours of sleep that leaves 4 to 5 hours a day for family, friends and hobby. Is that enough time to EXCEL at anything?

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

What the heck?

I just don't know what to say... I saw this advertisment for this product in a super market. I have no idea what they are selling here.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Cupid was an archer right?

So it's the day after Valentines Day here. I have to tell you that V day here is very different from back home. Do you remember in Elementary school where you made a heart shaped envelope and put your name on it at the front of the class and anyone could slip you a Valentines card with out anyone else spotting them at it? Well that's how I remember it in grades k-4 anyhow. I can remember getting and giving little notes with "will you be my valentine?" on them from both boys and girls and it was ok because it just meant "let's be friends". Cute.
Now that I'm here in Japan I, as a man have no obligation to hand out chocolates or cards or anything for Valentines Day. Girls on the other hand are obliged to pass out treats to the guys and lots of girls spend the days before Val Day making truffles or cookies to pass out on the big day. As a teacher I have been the lucky recipient of "tons" of sweets in the past years. This year however my students weren't quite as generous as in the past. Blame the economy or the fact that the 14th was a Saturday this year I guess. I got a few but the sweetest were from my wife and my daughter. Thank you girls.
Since I'm a romantic I took the chance to take my two best girls to a fancy french restaurant. What a great date. Good food, good wine, and a quiet smoke free dinner with two beautiful young ladies.

Today I didn't get to shoot again but I spent some time refletching my arrows. I'm going to try the new aluminum again with 2 degs. of right offset. That ought to get them really spinning.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Got my 140 arrows in today but I tell you it wasn't pretty. I couldn't feel my back in the shots. I couldn't keep my bow hand up after the first 20 shots. What a mess. I think there is a difference between shooting quickly and shooting in a hurry. I might do better to keep my shooting to after work or before work but not between classes. See what happens tomorrow right?

Friday, February 13, 2009

Well...best laid plans right? I thought I was going to get a chance to practice today but business got in the way. Bummer. So tomorrow I'll just have to shoot 300 arrows LOL

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Inspiration

Inspired by my Korean archery "blog pal" I have decided that I am going to take my training to the next level. Now that I have some arrows and a lighter weight bow I can start. Well actually I started today. I shot 150 arrows at 18m and a couple more at 30m this morning. I went to the range with that goal in mind but I was doubtful that I could do it in the 2 hours I had. To save time, I shot ends of 14 arrows including the bareshafts. I tried to keep my pace to under 10 seconds per arrow counting from the time I put my tab on the string to release. I didn't think it was practical to count from the time I drew an arrow from my quiver. Just wanted to keep a pace without stressing myself.
I have two sets of arrows that are compatible with the 30# limbs. Redline 690's and Platinum Plus 1816's. Well the PP's will work better once I cut 1/2" off them. Now If I keep this pace of 150 arrows a day for a week I think I'll have a good start to building my form and getting my bow arm in shape. There is a FITA 18m event in Yokaichi on the 8th of March but there is also a beginners taiken class at my club on the same weekend. Not sure what I should do.

A new nickname

I came up with a new nickname for our daughter last week.
LITTLE BIG HUG
She is so small but her hug is so powerful!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Fun with tuning.

So before Christmas I went through a period of questioning my form and setup. I decided to buy some new limbs in a lighter weight and longer length. The limbs I was using were Everest Pro Medium size 38#. I was doing ok with them untill the summer when I went home and didn't train for 3 weeks straight. When I got back I was not pleased. Since my 38# EP's were set to thier absolute lightest setting I didn't have any lee way in tuning my bow to my arrows. And I was still holding 42# on my fingers. So I reasoned that buying some lighter limbs would give me some more adjustablity. I found a set of Long 36# EP's. Now once I got those lighter limbs I found I could draw a bit further and have my elbow in-line with the arrow. Also the longer limbs are lighter on the fingers since the string angle is larger at full draw. I shot a PB of 528 indoors with them. Since I added an inch and a bit to my draw my draw weight increased and I am back at 42.8#'s. I don't feel that this is an unrealistic weight for me but I've been advised by some people on line to get some light limbs to help me re-build my form from the ground up. I got a set of Samick Mizar 30# Longs from a friend and bought 6 PP xx75 1816's. I stuck some BIG vanes on 3 of them and left 3 bare. Then it was of to the range to "tune-up". first shots were low and left so I adjusted my elevation. Then loosened the plunger untill I got them hitting the gold at 18m. Then I tried the bare shafts so I oculd set the nocking point. I wrapped the bare shafts with tape to make the weight of the bare and fletched equal. At 18m they were hitting fairly close so I thought I'll try them at 30m. Wow!! what a shock! The F.S. grouped really well at 30m but the bareshafts cruised out about half way to the target looking good and then woooosh the suckers looked like they hit a cross wind and sailed up and right to land 5 feet above the target!! Within 5 inches of each other but WAY off target.
Seems I put twice as much tape as I needed so instead of balancing them with 15 grains of tape to egual the vanes. I had 30 grains on them. Tomorrow I'm going to see how this little experiment works with half that on the end.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Yea Baby,
Today I didn't have much time for shooting, as usual, so I decided to do a little tuning. On Monday I tried the same thing but couldn't get good results. Now I know why. I was trying to setup my nocking point by shooting bare and fletched shafts and comparing their points of impact. If the Bare is higher than the fletched then you have to raise your Nocking point and if they lower then you lower it. Simple right? I thought I'd make it more simple and just adjust the rest. I got it back wards though and lowered the rest which has the same effect as raising the nocking point since the rest is the pivot point. That led me to give up on Monday. Today, with some inspiration from a post on the Archery Talk discussion board I came up with the easy way to make sure my arrow is resting at the right height against the plunger.
A simple way to setup the adjustable rest height on your Olympic recurve. Take some paint and put it on the tip of the plunger. Nock an arrow and draw it back and forth a few times over the painted plunger tip. Check to see where the paint is worn away and if it's in the centre of the plunger your rest is in the right place. I did this using the brass tipped plunger pin that came with my Shibuya DX. It has a nice mark in the centre so its easy to see if you are in the right place.
After I did this today my arrows were flying nice again. I think I must have bumped it or something and bent the rest wire when I was trimming it to size the other day.

I tried something else that I've been wondering about. I played about with rotating the aperture on my sight to get an elliptical aperture rather than a round one. This way I get the precise aiming of a small aperture but the brightness of big open loop. I think another advantage is the oblong aperture makes it easy to see if you are canting the bow. Seems to work all right at 18m.
Wish I had done all this last week before the competition.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

So...that was frustrating. 246 246 for a grand total of 492. Yeah thats only about 40 points less than I planned.
10 10 9 10 8 7 54
9 8 6 9 8 5 45
10 9 8 9 8 5 49
8 8 8 9 9 7 49
8 8 7 9 8 8 48

Friday, January 30, 2009

Now I did it...

Ouch, what the heck was that?
My plans of glory at the next indoor tournament may have been crushed! Yeterday after practice I had(and still have) muscle pain in my left forearm. From the shooting position it's the muscle that runs over the top from my wrist. It doesn't seem to hurt when I am shooting the bow but when I grip an arrow to pull it from the matt I sure feel it.
I know, I know R.I.C.E right? Well I'll take the day off tomorrow and hope I'm fresh for Sunday. I have confidence in my equipment and technique. I just need to keep my bow arm up after the shot and I'll be ok.

Aside from that, my wife and I are addicted to TV dramas. We've been through "24", "Alias", "Heroes", "4400", and now we are into "LOST" I think they call it LOST because that's what happens to your time when you watch it.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Perfect

30 points at 18m!!
In practice anyway〓

Ticking by

Seems like my training plans may have been a bit ambitious. The last few days I've only managed a handful of arrows on the matt I have set up at my school. I haven't broken my promise to shoot every day,right? Hopefully consistancy counts for something.
This weekend I'm going to have to take it very careful and really stick to my routine.
Set, Set-up, Pre-Draw, Draw, Expand, Click, "X"!
If only it were that simple right?

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Test post frm phone

videotest post from phone with a vid.

Test post frm phone

test post from phone with a pic.

1 week in??

Saturday and Sunday are hard days to find the time to shoot so I guess I'll call them rest days. Saturday is a busy day for work and Sunday was family day. We went to the auto show and after that to a restaurant. Everyone at the restaurant and the auto show and everywhere else we go tells me how cute my little girl is and how big her eyes are. It's flattering and annoying all at the same time. I am proud of her and love her very much but, as much as she attracts people and makes them smile, she forces them to point out the fact that she is a "half". At the restaurant one of the staff thought we were a nice family and told us she thought I seemed like a nice daddy. Then she told us that Japanese husbands are not as nice with they're kids and stuff. That's supposed to be a compliment I guess but it seems to me more like a complaint. I thought about how hearing that must make Kaz feel. Her dad is Japanese and so are all her cousins. Is that lady saying they are all uncaring fathers. Perhaps the fault lies not with the dads being uncooperative but with the moms being over controlling. OK that's enough about the weekend.

Today, Monday, I went to the range in Nagoya and tried an indoor round. 60 arrows at 18m on vertical three spots. 1st round was 252 and the second was 245 for 497. Not great but I did have two stupid misses that would have been 5's on a single spot and could have been 10's as easily as any of the others. I know I'm being optimistic but let's call it a positive attitude.
Some of the shots felt really good today. There were three other guys at the range today. Older fellas they seemed to be impressed with my shots. One of the guys is the head of the Aichi archery association. He was all mouth about how it's better to buy target archery gear in Japan because in the US they only shoot compound for hunting. I just held my tongue and kept shooting all the gear I ordered from the states that would have cost me twice what I paid had I bought it in Japan. It was good concentration practise to have those guys there babbling while I shot though since that's probably my weakest point.

Tomorrow(actually today) if I can get out to shoot I'll try to get some pics of the nice clean fletches I put on last night. Gotta love those Duravanes.

Friday, January 23, 2009

I'm back Baby !!

Now that's better.
Yesterday I managed 60 arrows and was strugling to say the least. Untill the last 6 arrows. I tried just pulling the bow without turning my head to the target. Draw to the centre of my chin and try to keep my shoulders level. Did that a few times and then ripped off two nice ends.
Today I went out and had a good afternoon and even got a few in the 50's. This evening I hit one perfect 30 and surprised the heck out of Mr. K.
I'm feeling more and more confident now that I can get in to the 500's. As long as I get two 8's and a nine on every end I am shooting 25's so thats 500. Every ten and 2nd nine I get just makes it easier.
My Personal best for 18 meters is 528 if I am going for 530 this time it means an average of 8.8 so I'm going to need a fair number of tens. Phew.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Not by half

What a day, not much time for shooting today so I didn't get anywhere near the 100 arrows I planned. Well theres always tomorrow.
I did set up my DV camera with a nifty little program on my laptop. It's like a magic mirror. It plays a live feed from the camera to the monitor with a delay. What this does is lets me take a shot and then look at the PC for an instant replay. It's great to know when you think you made a good follow through that you really did. Plus it's cool. To bad the real software costs $400 US. Have to make do with the demo version for now.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

2 days down

2 days down the road. Today I was really wimpy and only shot about 50 arrows. I really need to get dome muscles again fast and the slow and steady isn't going to help me. Tomorrow the big guns are coming out and I am going to do SPT as well as blank bale. I'm going to try for a daily total of 100 arrows.
That and remember to keep an eye on the plunger, keep my left arm up and don't grab the bow.

Monday, January 19, 2009

So far so good

Today was the firts day of my plan. I got my shooting done and managed at least 50 arrows. 30m had a few good groups but mostly scattered about. Can't say I'm happy about the groups but when I really kept my focus I came pretty close to the piece of toilet paper that I was using for a target.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

The Plan !!

Starting today I have 13 days left to get my self in shape for shooting again. In the past month I've only shot about 30 arrows TOTAL! Here's my plan to try to make a decent showing of my on Feb 1st.
SPT every day.
Shoot at least 3 dozen arrows every possible day.
Image training every day!


Possible days are;
Monday 19th in Nagoya and Monday night at Kani HS.
Tuesday 20th morning in Toki. Outdoor if it's not raining on a target or inside on blank bale.
Wednesday 21st evening in Toki inside on blank bale.
Thursday 22nd outdoor or if it's not raining on a target or inside on blank bale.
Friday 23rd afternoon outdoor if it's not raining on a target or inside on blank bale
Saturday 24th busy workday so I'll only be able to do SPT.
Sunday 25th Try to shoot a trial indoor round (60 arrows) at either the farm or at KHS if it's raining.
Monday 26th in Nagoya and Monday night at Kani HS.
Tuesday 27th morning in Toki. Outdoor if it's not raining on a target or inside on blank bale.
Wednesday 28th evening in Toki inside on blank bale.
Thursday 29th outdoor or if it's not raining on a target or inside on blank bale.
Friday 30th afternoon outdoor if it's not raining on a target or inside on blank bale.
Saturday 31st is the day before the big show so I will rest up and try to prepare by eating lots of meat!!!

SPT is as outlined on the KSL total Archery page.
http://www.kslinternationalarchery.com/Training/SPTs/SPTs.html
This should get me in shape in time to shoot well enough to beat Mr. Kato.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Back at the middle.

After a one month vaction from shooting I ventured back to the line. It was intimidating to say the least. I was anxious about whether I'd even hit the target. I went back to my notes from my last competition. That helped me find a starting place. I had a couple nice shots and a couple bad ones but I'm back in the saddle and excited about the next competition.