First shoot of year

Paget de Vasey  host their annual shoot this Sunday and it will be our first shoot for the 2013 season.  You can see a past shoot report from last years shoot here.

It will also be the first shoot Sharon will have competed at since recovering from breaking her finger. ( original post)

Sharons hand

Sharon’s hand, a few days after breaking finger.

As both a coach and husband I know how much this will mean to her. Sharon gets as much from archery as she puts in, and she puts in a lot of effort.

Sharon Shooting at wood

She also uses archery as a method of relaxing from the stresses and pressure of working life. So without archery she has been a little grumpy which is understandable and yes she would admit that. We’ve been very fortunate that Steve Parsons at our club (SVYF) lent her a lighter draw weight bow (30lb draw weight) which has helped her build the strength back. (Thanks Steve and Happy Birthday for Saturday)

Whether she wins a medal or not I am just hoping that she remembers to

  1.  Enjoys the day.
  2.  Doesn’t get frustrated if not shooting well.
  3. Remembers I love her.

Recovering from injury is not always easy and often we put additional pressure on ourselves concerning our own expectations of performance. We often think we can immediately go back to the level of performance we had previously.

Whilst in reality we need to take things slow and steady and you will then succeed.

If you push it too far or too fast, you run the risk of aggravating the injury or depress yourself as you aren’t performing at the level you feel you should.

You can say this is a normal thing for a coach to say, but it also something I have had to learn the hard way too. and is true of all sports and activities.

In my case with archery it was following a car accident that left me unable to shoot my bow for several months, but this is a lesson I have had to learn elsewhere too, but that’s another story for another day.

Thanks for reading and I’ll try to post a write-up of the shoot next week.