Stumbled across a new online mag that is for the modern recurve archer. rchery Magazine. Yup, little r, no A for you good spellers. Loads of conditioning and nutrition info, interviews with international archers. Tres cool, non?
From the article, "Control Freaks" basically the difference between a seasoned archer and a newb, is that the seasoned archer is comfortable at full draw and doesn't worry about the execution afterwards as it has all become automatic. Like driving a car or signing your name. You don't think about it while you are doing it.
"The experts “let go,” they trust that their practice has prepared them and they stop trying to control everything."
"The following is the mantra of the truly exceptional performer:
'Give me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.'
So remember when you are cold and bored and ache in practice that you are being courageous, and when you are competing for whatever is your desired prize be serene and wise."
Am I still a control freak? For now, yes. But the things I am concerned about are smaller and pickier. And I have it on good authority that things are looking up.