Day 21 – WS Competition – Rest day
Monday, 3 October 2011
Today was our scheduled free day – which means we have to shoot for the next 5 days without a break. So, how did we spend our free day … We went to the range to study tomorrow’s stages, of course!!
After having lunch at a local restaurant we then spent the afternoon catching up on some desperately needed sleep! Woke up to eat dinner, then back to bed again.
|WS Rest Day
|WS Rest Day
|WS Rest Day
Day 22 – WS Competition Day 1
Tuesday, 4 October 2011
First day of the competition was a minor disaster for me … Had 1 miss, 2 no-shoots (weak handed), and 1 procedural (coopers tunnel). I was wondering if I’d made the right decision to compete at all!
Dave did ok, a little on the slow and steady side, but nothing silly.
Day 23 – WS Competition Day 2
Wednesday, 5 October 2011
Day 2 was better for both of us, we each had 1 miss, but were getting into the swing of things!
Day 24 – WS Competition Day 3
Thursday, 6 October 2011
Day 3 was good to us both, no penalties, good scores and good times … Things are looking up!
Day 25 – WS Competition Day 4
Friday, 7 October 2011
Day 4 is a day I’d like to forget but I’m afraid will haunt me for many years to come … I got DQ’d.
The day started out ok, first stage was reasonable, second stage was fabulous – until we went to score the targets … I had reengaged 2 targets instead of shooting 2 others … 4 miss and 2 procedurals, thanks for coming! I put it behind me and blitzed the third stage. Good, back on track, then during my walk-thru for the fourth stage, I got bitten on the hand by a wasp – ouch!! My hand started to swell, but the girls supported me with ice and some wasp-sting pain reducing gel stuff, and I hammered through the stage. Fifth stage was also good, but then everything fell apart on the sixth and final stage of the day (stage 23) … I got DQ’d for breaking 180 degrees. At first I thought it was during my reload, but later learned that it was after the reload as I was moving into the second shooting position. My footwork got a bit tangled and I stepped over the fault line, and from what I can gather it happened while getting myself back into position.
I’m pretty sad about it, but am trying not to beat myself up too much. Especially given the number of times I’d convinced myself I wasn’t even going to shoot the match!
Dave’s day was without incident … Slow and steady … But he is fighting a dreadful head cold now which is making things rather difficult for him. At least he only has one more day to go.
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