Winter training

The clocks have just gone forward and spring is just around the corner…apparently. (As I type this, there are weather warnings for 50mph+ winds!)

This is the first winter I have ever trained through and, as I discovered, there are a whole host of challenges that the cold weather brings.  Here are a few things I’ve learned:

  1. The wind is not your friend. Learning to adjust your sight and/or aim off is a must.
  2. No matter how many layers you’re already wearing, putting on one more is usually a good idea.
  3. All of those layers will probably make your forearm at least half an inch thicker – don’t be surprised if the string hits it more than usual. And learn to keep your form when wearing all those extra layers.
  4. If you have no sensation in your feet and legs, make sure you keep them warm and check them during the day as they’ll be like blocks of ice if you don’t.
  5. Having an indoor training venue would make life so much easier but there are virtually no venues locally that can accommodate a distance of 70m.

All of the above apply when you’re shooting in conditions like this…minus 2 degrees with a strong wind!

Shooting in snow at Lilleshall

As you can probably tell, I found winter training challenging!  However I do think it has made me a better archer.

Staying dedicated over the winter season has also meant that I made two important achievements – getting my Bowman classification and achieving Paralympic qualifying scores for the first time! There have also been lots of equipment changes…but I’ll save that for another time. And now that spring is here, I can’t wait to finally get outdoors and smash it this season 🙂