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Two interesting developments on the archery front. I've learned that I'm an idiot. Normally this is not a huge revelation, but in a narrow scope, it was surprising. See, that string I bought a few months ago. After I unravelled it to put the silencers on, I didn't ravel it enough to get it back into fighting form.

So here I was for several sessions wondering why I never hit my bow arm with the string except near the wrist where you're never supposed to hit it at all. As I write, I still have a large bruise to the left side of my left arm, left side being left when the palm is facing my face.

Quite puffy and bruised. Because every time I got a good shot off, it ended with the string slamming into the base of my left thumb. At fifty pounds, that's not quite, but pretty close, to a whip scar.

Sixteen twists. Yes, SIXTEEN, when the normal adjustment is four or five. It took sixteen twists to get the string taught enough that it no longer hits my wrist and the brace height (the distance from the string to some mystical point on the grip) is between 7 3/4" and 8". Then I noticed that "hey--look. The point where the finish on the limbs stops is exactly where the string should stop touching the limbs when the bow is strung to the proper tension. So it's not as if the manufacturer didn't leave a clue. But I wasn't seeing it.

When I fixed this, my normal arrows started grouping very close together. So much of my frustration in recent months has come from a simple twist on the string needing doing.

Now that does mean that the pull on the bow is now nearer 65 pounds, which is quite a challenge for me. But I've managed to regain all the weight training that I lost last year, so I'm finally (!) using the trapezoidal machine at 190 pounds and holding for 10 seconds/10 reps to be sure that I can hold the bow steady at it's new strength.

So that leads to the second development. I've heard about a local traditional bow competition. AND I've learned that my bow, even though it has a complicated grip, is still considered "traditional" because I don't use a sight or an arrow rest, it looks like I'm able to compete.

So I have a goal to reach for this winter: getting myself to a level where I can compete and not be a complete laughing-stock!


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Oct. 3rd, 2011 09:47 pm (UTC)
Some day I'll have to introduce you to my friend Rob who practices Olympic style and anachronistic archery. He coaches his high school team in archery and takes part in SCA competitions.
Oct. 3rd, 2011 09:47 pm (UTC)
Re: Bows
That would be lovely. Thank you.
Oct. 4th, 2011 04:50 am (UTC)
I had my first attempts at archery in the last few weeks and really enjoyed it. That's not to excuse your idiocy, of course! It's just by way of saying that I might understand it some day ;)
Oct. 4th, 2011 11:42 am (UTC)
Oh, really? What sort of archery are you attempting?
Oct. 4th, 2011 01:32 pm (UTC)
The first time was an Olympic bow, the second, an English-style yew bow. Just a few shots with each, you understand? But I liked it.
Oct. 4th, 2011 10:53 am (UTC)
Archery! This is another thing I'd like to do, too. In high school, we all got to try it for a day or two. Wonderful. I've wanted to do it ever since.

I clicked on the clicky link. Your bow is beautiful.
Oct. 4th, 2011 11:44 am (UTC)
Exactly what happened to me. Two days of it in seventh grade, and I've wanted to do it ever since. I'm very glad that we have a club—my biggest problem is finding a place where it's legal to practice. We have very strict bylaws here about any kind of firearm.

Thanks, it is beautiful. It's actually slightly different from what they are making now. It was manufactured around 1973, so the fibreglass on the front is brown, not black, and the wood is a richer mahogany. If I had a camera...
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