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August 29, 2012

Archery :: My New Riser

I'm in love with my new riser. I sort of can't believe I have my own. It's the Hoyt Horizon and it's a glorious red. And it was shipped to me all the way from England.

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Since April, I've been taking archery classes (recurve) from my coach Janet Dykman at the archery range in Santa Ana, near my home. I've also been driving twice a month to the awesome range in Long Beach to take private lessons from her. The thing about archery is that there is SO MUCH to remember and fine-tune. It's endless (and strangely reminiscent to the cello). But I love the challenge of how every single thing works together as you continue to learn how to refine your aim. And let me tell you, there's no better feeling than when you shoot an arrow from a far distance and you hear it land hard and on target.

archerySo the riser is the red part in the middle. That's the piece that I recently purchased. The limbs are what get attached to either side of the riser. And for now, I'm still renting my limbs ... as I continue to acclimate to heavier limbs.

When I started, I believe I started at 16 pounds. I'm now at 22 pounds. The heavier the limbs, the farther and stronger your arrows will travel and land. My goal is to get to 30 pounds. The thing about the poundage is that the poundage refers not to how heavy the limbs are but how stiff they are. The stiffer they are, the harder it is to draw the string to shoot. So 16-pound limbs are more pliable and therefore easier to pull the string on, and 30-pound limbs are not so pliable and very hard to pull the string on. This is why it's important to develop strong back muscles for this sport.

You know ... I'm not an athlete. But what I lack in terms of athleticism I make up with determination and focus. With archery, I am proof that with determination and practice, you can do it. I'm excited that with the support of Janet, I'll be placing my foot into the water of shooting/competing by getting involved with my first State qualifiers this coming fall and winter.

A dream come true.


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