I have always fancied taking up archery, so when my friend RJ invited me to come up to our local sports centre and shoot with her, I gladly accepted. It quickly became evident that it would be a good idea to take some sort of lessons, so I signed up for a six week beginner’s course.
Here are some of the things I learnt:
- Even though I am right-handed, I am a left-handed archer, because apparently I aim entirely with my left eye.
- This makes it awkward in several respects, because it means I have to fasten my arm guard and nock arrows on my bow with my non-dominant hand.
- I also feel really puny because my left arm is only strong enough to manage a 14lb draw.
- Although I love the idea of the horse bow, it is much easier to sort out components for a 14lb draw, left-handed recurve when you are having to borrow equipment.
- Getting hit by the bow string hurts.
- I have a terrible habit of sticking my elbow up in the air instead of keeping it level which may be throwing off my aim.
- Every time you think you are getting the hang of it, you change something (smaller target or new sight) and you are back at square one.
- Archery can be very frustrating but nonetheless really enjoyable.
Well, since I found out I’m pregnant I have not been shooting (I’ve stopped all my sports over the pregnancy as they became harder to manage or just unsuitable) but I will go back to it when I can. In the meantime, I’ll just enjoy the pretty pictures RJ and I took of each other (I borrowed a horse bow from someone since I don’t own my own bow. I don’t know if you can tell but I actually couldn’t bring it to full draw.)
I may not be able to go back to it any time soon (it’s money and child-care dependent) but I can be very patient (about some things, anyway.) Once I can take it up again, my next plan is buy my own bow and start thinking about competitions.