Product Review: Active Tense

Anyone who followed this blog before archery, during my half marathons, mountain bike and cyclocross racing days (probably ZERO of you reading this today), knows I believe in providing readers with 100% honest reviews of products. In the past, I was asked to review a lot of different products, on a pretty regular basis. I spent a lot of time putting them together because I can’t stand biased or completely one sided reviews that you find all too often on the internet these days. It is my goal as I try to start incorporating more reviews back into this blog, to share with you the pros and cons of any product I review. Just because a product works for me, doesn’t mean I think it is for everyone out there (and the opposite is also true). So with that, let me jump into my review of the Active Tense compression clothing, a review that is LONG overdue! Continue reading Product Review: Active Tense

More Learning Ahead

Arizona Cup has always been a tough tournament for me, living in New England. I still remember my first AZ Cup in 2013, when I arrived in AZ only haven shot once outdoors (in the snow) to get a 50m sight mark. I remember the wind, and I even had a conversation with Linda Ochoa (we shot an elimination match against each other) about how I had no clue what to do in the wind. I remember her telling me I would learn, but she still didn’t have it all figured out 11 (?) years into the sport. Over the course of my compound career I grew to love shooting in the wind. Part of this is because of the fact that I live on top of a hill, so it is ALWAYS windy at my house, so I had no choice but to learn. Continue reading More Learning Ahead

Nothing like waiting until the last minute

Coming off the Vegas Shoot, I was feeling more confident in my shooting. I, unfortunately, lost all that the next weekend when I shot the state championships and couldn’t hit yellow to save my life! This meant I went into Indoor Nationals, not knowing what to expect at all. We also had the warmest 3 day stretch we have had all winter thurs-sat, so the last thing I wanted to be doing was heading indoors to compete…I wanted to be getting ready for outdoors! I will say one positive that week was when facebook reminded me of R and my first indoor nationals in 2013! It’s hard to believe that this was our 5th time shooting the event, but it was also cool to see that it’s still a sport we both can compete together in. Continue reading Nothing like waiting until the last minute

Making Progress in Sin City

My first year in Vegas was by far my best. I not only took 2nd in the Women’s Championship class, I shot my first 300 (in practice or a tournament), and I finished 2nd in the World Cup Finals. The next two years in Vegas I tried things that didn’t work (shooting 27 size arrows) and was learning a new bow, so I didn’t perform at a level I would have liked. This year, I felt like it was a whole new chance to start over and reclaim Vegas as a positive tournament for me. Continue reading Making Progress in Sin City

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

Almost everything you see on social media is the “best” of people, especially when it comes to archery. I’ve always tried to be as honest as possible about my journey on this blog, but I felt like I really needed to post this score sheet from Sunday’s tournament to show we all struggle, we all have ups and downs, and the important thing is to keep working on it. Continue reading Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

Shrewd Flex: My Initial Thoughts

First of all, let me preface this with saying I’ve only been shooting at a target now for about a week and a half. Also, as a newbie recurve archer, I haven’t had the opportunity to try a bunch of different apertures out, so take everything I say in that context. Instead of doing a full blown review after a lot of use, I decided to share with you my initial thoughts. Continue reading Shrewd Flex: My Initial Thoughts

Why?

I’ve had numerous people ask me over the past month why I decided to switch to recurve. Most have received a very “canned” response from me; something along the lines of I was looking for a new challenge, etc. Although this was in some ways a very personal decision for me, I felt like it’s time to share with you all my thinking that went in to making my decision. It’s important to know that this was not a rash, overnight decision, but one that I contemplated and researched for months. Continue reading Why?