Product Review: Hit the Gold

Over the past 6 months, I’ve received numerous messages and conversations with people asking me my opinion of the Hit the Gold software. I’ve meant to do this review for months, but unfortunately for all of you, something else has always taken priority. Luckily, I’ve found some time to sit down and get this done. As always with this blog, these thoughts and opinions are truly my own. I encourage you to disagree and have a conversation with me on why. Continue reading Product Review: Hit the Gold

And that’s a wrap

It’s hard to believe my first outdoor season with a recurve is now over. There were definitely some ups and downs, but I can honestly say a year ago I wouldn’t have imagined I’d be where I am today. One year ago I was finishing up World Cup Finals and heading to World Field Championships. I had made my decision to switch, and was starting to hear people’s opinions on it. Continue reading And that’s a wrap

SoCal Slowdown

After a very positive experience at Nationals, just weeks after completely changing my form, I was feeling pretty good heading into this year’s SoCal Showdown. I skipped this tournament last year, but after having been out to Chula Vista twice in the past year, it didn’t feel like I had taken a year off from this tournament. Continue reading SoCal Slowdown

Archery Isn’t Always Fun

I had a long break this year between Gator Cup and Outdoor Nationals, with not doing any international tournaments. I had roughly two months at home to get stronger more consistent with my form. After working hard, I found my scores were going the wrong way, and I got very frustrated. I did two local tournaments (one being the Nutmeg State Games), and while I won both I was really embarrassed by my scores. The really hard part was my shots were feeling way more consistent, I knew I was stronger, and I was putting in the time, yet my scores were getting significantly worse. I reached a low point in my recurve journey and really began questioning everything. Continue reading Archery Isn’t Always Fun

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

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