Before I start, here's something that you should know, I shoot archery. Now that you know that, please continue reading:
Putting it bluntly, Indoor Nationals was not what I have hoped for. I struggled, and my mental and physical strengths were put to the test.
I came into this weekend not prepared at all, and with a desire to not be there. I love indoor nationals because of all the people I see there, people I only ever see at tournaments, so it wasn't a shoot that I really wanted to skip, but in terms of shooting, I was not ready. I hadn't shot the 2 weeks leading up to it, and I wasn't entirely sure of my equipment. Nonetheless, I sucked it up, and got into A&M late Friday night, just 12 hours before I had to shoot the next day.
Saturday was okay, I pretty much shot my average from SYWATs this season. I had some good shots, but my main struggle was with the clicker. I just couldn't get into the rhythm of shooting, and my draw arm started to hurt very quickly, a sure indicator that I was not drawing back with the correct muscles. I loved my balemates, they made shooting fun and a little easier. I spend the rest of the day watching the JOAD line, and coaching one of the students I used to coach through her first ever indoor nationals. Sunday was a little worse, score wise. My shots were feeling good, I got a little bit of my rhythm back, and I was shooting with the clicker, but the scores just weren't translating how I was shooting. I survived, and that was the end of my second Indoor Nationals, and my first season as a Junior.
The one thing that I had no problems with was my equipment. I didn't have to worry about my sight or stabilizers coming loose, or anything to be wrong with my riser or limbs. That just goes to show that good equipment is really necessary, and I have full trust in it.
This entire indoor season wasn't what I planned or wanted. I had shoots scheduled for almost every weekend, whether they were SYWATs or larger tournaments. I followed through with it for 2 months, before college apps, music and school work hit, and I had to redirect some of my energy. This was also my first season shooting without the help of a coach, simply because it wasn't fair for whoever was working with me to have to deal with my insane school schedule. I shot blankbale inside my house whenever I could, and that was about it. The rest was just hoping for the best.
My other option was to take a break for this season. That was going to be my last resort, in fear that if I took a break, I would never come back. I wanted to return for this upcoming outdoor season, and in order to do that, I needed something to keep me going. Do I regret anything this past indoor season? Certain aspects, yes. I wish I spent a little more time training. I wish I went out to the range to shoot the full 18m a few more times. But I was able to accomplish everything else I needed to do, while keeping up in this sport. So, no. I don't regret shooting this indoor season.
Now it's time to look forward to outdoor season. Many more changes are coming, and I'm excited to spend some time out on the field.