Outdoor Archery Season, 2001
This season started rather late, due to many other distractions, such as
climbing and skiing. I have tried reverting even more aspects of my shooting
back to what I was doing in 1995, in my best year. Early practice results are
promising, but my rhythm and timing were not good in competitions.
key for an explanation of the columns:
Dist Hits Golds Score Low High S. Dev. Num
90m 36.00 3.78 276.00 258 290 10.5198 9
70m 36.00 7.10 301.70 286 320 8.4030 10
50m 36.00 6.30 304.30 295 317 6.9000 10
30m 36.00 17.00 336.10 327 345 6.5643 10
All 144.00 35.11 1220.67 1185 1247 21.0555 9
- Victoria Fita Star, 16th-17th June
- As with the first tournament of the previous year, this one didn't
really start too well. A miscalculation resulted in my missing the
ferry, and bad traffic caused by a triathlon meant that I arrived just
at the start of the 70m. There was quite a tricky breezy wind on
Saturday, but Sunday was a very good day for shooting. My scores did not
reflect how well I felt I was shooting; several minor equipment failures
and stupid mistakes affected the totals, but my shot rhythm was better
than for some previous years.
- Canada Cup, 14th-15th July
- First. If there was a theme to this weekend it was `pity about
the 70m' distances. The weather was good, sunny and bright on Saturday,
but with a bit of wind later in the day, and overcast and calm or light
winds for much of
Sunday. I had good 90m distances on both days, both marred by one bad
end, and struggled to commit to the shot at 70m, finally getting it right
at the last end of Sunday's 70m with a 57. The 50m distances were
alright, 50m starting very well on Saturday and finishing mediocre, and
starting mediocre on Sunday and finishing well. I was pleased with the
30m scores, because I was getting tired from holding too long.
The ranking for the elimination round was done on the long metric from
Saturday, and the short metric from Sunday, so that those shooting a
split Fita could qualify. Hugh Macdonald had elected to shoot the split
Fita, and qualified first with an excellent score in the 1270s.
In the elimination round, I had an easy quarter final, then made it
through the semi-final to beat Roger "Bear" Murray even though I
deliberately shot an arrow through the clicker (it went in the 4)!
The final was shot with 40 seconds for alternating arrows, but
collecting after each 6 arrows instead of 3 to save time. The extra time
helped me a lot, and my first six arrows scored 58 to put Hugh on the
defensive. I held on with six safe shots to take a five point victory,
winning my third successive Canada Cup.
- Sherwood International, 15th-16th July
- Second. This was a long and tiring weekend. The traffic was
really bad getting to and from Sherwood; I did not have much to drink at
the shoot (it is known for its sociable atmosphere), and consequently
managed to shoot a reasonable score on Saturday. Sunday's score was not
so good, probably because I drove 100 miles to attend a friend's wedding
on Saturday evening, over-indulged, went to bed at 1 AM, and then got up
at 5:30 AM and drove 100 miles back to Sherwood for the second day of
shooting. I held onto second place, comfortably behind Brian Funston,
who is now one of the resident athletes at the U.S. Arco Training
centre. We (the Oregon/Washington team) thrashed the Nottingham England
team in all divisions. The English team had to put up with cold blustery
winds, whereas we had very hot and sunny conditions, including dust devil
that blew across the field removing all the flags from the targets.
- Jolly Archers Open Western, 29 July
- First. Note to self: the Fens are not a good place to shoot;
St. Ives and the surrounding country is absolutely flat, with no
protection from the wind. I shot this tournament for fun the day after
flying in to Britain from Seattle. It was very windy but also hot and
sunny, which somewhat compensated for the wind, making it pleasant
enough to shoot in shorts. I won quite convincingly, but didn't achieve
the scores I would have liked because of the wind. The Jolly Archers put
on a fine buffet dinner, complete with desserts, while the scores were
being added up. Fortunately, the smell from the neighbouring pig farm
(upwind, of course) did not put me off!
- Scottish Championships, 4th-5th August
- The week before the Scottish Championships I shot some great scores in
practice, and in the practice before the tournament I was shooting very
well. The moment the whistle to shoot blew, I tensed up and shot badly.
There were a few highlights, a couple of new
all-gold 30m, but overall I was quite disappointed with my scores. Simon
Needham completely dominated the gent's scores with two 1300s, and a
couple of visitors from England took second and third place. The weather
was variable; there were showers at the start of each distance, but it
was moderately warm overall.
- Victoria Fita Star, 25th-26th August
- A cold, wet, blustery weekend. Actually, that's what we agreed to tell
everyone else; it was really sunny, warm, and calm, and perfect
conditions, but from Sunday's scores you wouldn't have known it. My shot
timing was too slow on Saturday, leading to fatigue. I also got
distracted by a judges timing error, lost my shot rhythm, and for the
first time ever shot 7 arrows in an end at 70m. I let this upset me, and
did not recover quickly enough. My shot timing was much better on
Sunday, but a string of inexplicable bad scoring ends at 50m made me
lose confidence and revert to poorer form.
On the positive side, the tournament organiser Tracy Klat bucked the
trend for poor scores on Sunday and finally got her
- Maple Ridge Fita Star, 8th-9th September
- This was quite a contrast with the previous year. The weather was warm,
sunny, and calm in the mornings, with a breeze starting up during the
afternoon. I was working on improving my timing and rhythm all weekend.
On Saturday, I felt that I was shooting well, but the shot seemed to be
very critical. On Sunday, I modified the way I set up my bow-hand,
improving by nearly 40 points!
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