Friday, December 30, 2011

Archery Three Ways

We here in the good ol' USA tend to forget there is more than one way to skin a cat. Some of these videos you may have seen at time or another, but all show different ways of shooting that you may not normally see at your local bow shop.  

This first one looks wicked fun. Lightweight bow, no holding, from horseback. I'm in.

How not to overthink your shot. This one is just plain fun.

Japanese style...Doing something just for the sake of doing it.  Most of us have a shop, basement, or garage to practice in. This is just gorgeous. Although, if you have to get 60 arrows done, this way may take up most of your day...

What type of archery gets your attention? There's really a lot out there when you start looking around.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Peace on Earth, Michigan Style

Merry Christmas, everyone.

(Photo from the back 40 where I grew up in Michigan)

Thursday, December 22, 2011

This Thursday's Deep Thought

I've resurrected the Thursday Deep Thought.

Respect people who find time for you
in their busy schedule.

But love people who never look at their schedule
when you need them.


I am fortunate to know more than a couple of the last type. 
You know who you are.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Visualize this

Practicing my Joe Fanchin face here
Winter has finally hit. The ice is starting to form on the pond behind our house in big clear sheets. It's late in the season. We finally have had snow stick around for more than a few minutes on the ground as well. Plus, it's been sunny both days this weekend. Shocker for our area, I'm telling you. Had plenty of sun and super-cold weather in the Denver area this week. Woke up to ice on the INside of the hotel windows. I'm going through Starbucks withdrawal from mainlining skinny peppermint mochas to keep warm. The forecast said 40's, not 6!

Archery has been on the back burner with shopping, traveling, baking, decorating, planning parties, yadda yadda.  Dug the bow out of the case yesterday to take some photos, but never actually shot an arrow. Instead of actual practice time, I've been using down time on planes and driving to work to visualize my shot sequence.  Was having some trouble with this earlier this fall when I found that there was a big, black hole in my "movie". I would get to anchor and all would stop short.  Fortunately for some mysterious reason, I can now focus all the way to the arrow hitting the x. Wish I knew what changed, but am really grateful it did. Am worried that my strength level is starting to disappear so left my set up where I can trip over it and remind me to do my SPTs between swapping out cookies in the oven. Vegas will be here too soon and I want to be confident in at least that area.

Matt took some really kick-ass photos of me yesterday out in the cold for the upcoming article (soon to be a second one!). Now I know how those supermodels feel minus the hair and wardrobe team. Thank god for long johns and not too much wind.

I am visualizing me, shooting on a warm beach with sand between my bare toes...

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Bow America

My life is a checklist right now. Lists for work, lists for holiday shopping, lists for cards... Did get a new set of arrows ordered this week, so pretty excited to shoot them when they are ready. Check that one done. Don't want to hear anything about not doing them myself this time, our local shop does a great job and I know they will be done right the first time (wheras, myself...)

There is a new e-magazine coming out in January, Bow America. Sign up to get your FREE subscription. Look for my article, Bow Meets Girl, (hello!) in the launch issue. Thanks to editor Bill Howard for approaching me! Bill does a great hunting blog you might check out between writing all of those Christmas cards. Lots of good stories in there.

Have a good week y'all!