Since my last post two weeks ago I have been pretty sick with something. Temperatures and conjestion and lots of tissues.
I was able to shoot twice in the prone position. I shot a 596 and 598. It was terrible and I was getting really upset with myself. Dad said I cannot expect a 599 or better if I am not shooting on a regular basis. He said 596 and 598 are pretty good considering the amount of practice I have put into it for the last month – which is very little. At the same time, there was a five week period where I did not shoot but then shot a 599 so that’s why I was pretty upset. I understand now that the 599 was the exception and can’t happen all the time.
Day before yesterday, I felt good enough to start shooting again and focus on the standing position – which I am generally weak at. Dad said I have to be patient and not put too much pressure on myself. He redid my whole positioning: stand position and height, rear site, posture, butt on seat, foot placement. He said that we have to re-approach how we do standing because I am fighting myself with every shot. It felt a bit different but it felt right. I took 60 shots for a pace of 575. But alot of the session was blocken up with us talking about what I was doing and how different things felt.
On Friday (yesterday) I was planning to shoot but I donated blood earlier int he day and the person putting the needle in me missed the vein and poked around the whole area. My arm really hurt last night so I decided to not shoot.
This morning and tomorrow morning we are doing double sessions in standing, working on the new technique. I just finished up and I have to say I am less fatigued than in my old stance. Over 60 shots I got better and better. Even though I started to get tired a little bit near the end I shot a 98 out of 100 in the 41-50 frame and 99 in the 51-60 frame. I have not shot that high in standing frames in a long, long time.
I am feeling good about this mornings shoot – shooting a 582. It’s not uncomfortable, I can keep fine-tuning my technique this afternoon and we’ll see what happens. My Dad pointed out that I did not have any practice shots this morning – just started shooting and that the final 30 shots put my on pace for a 586 and on the final 20 shots I was on pace for a 591.
I am looking forward to shooting later today. Double sessions today and tomorrow will help me get used to double sessions at the Nationals. I’ll post the result of tonight.