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20 May 2005 @ 05:40 pm
I've had a grand total of one archery lesson. Since then, I've shot my bow five or six times. This may not shock you, although it did me: I'm not yet a brilliant archer.

That being said, I'm enjoying my bow. I set up a target down by the overgrown vegetable garden and then stand back by the overgrown flower garden/shrubbery extravaganza. I shoot half a dozen arrows, then retrieve them, and again and again and again until my arms are trembling with fatigue. If I keep going past that point, my targeting goes to hell. As a result, I get cranky and/or disconsolate, certain that I will never be any good. And yet...

Slowly - oh, so painfully slowly - I'm getting a tiny bit better. There were a couple of very respectable groupings today. I'm not ready for an audience. I'm not even ready for my husband to see me. But I came back into the house feeling good and relaxed. That is no small thing.
Fjordhopperfjordhopper on May 20th, 2005 03:09 pm (UTC)
"But I came back into the house feeling good and relaxed. That is no small thing."

That is an excellent thing. Good for you, and keep doing what you're doing!
pheylanpheylan on May 20th, 2005 03:40 pm (UTC)
I don't know about you, but to me there is something satisfying about the SOUND of the arrow leaving the bow, flying through the air and hitting the target. Of course it's even better if it hits the target on the spot you want it to.
Kel: warrior womanladyjoust on May 20th, 2005 04:13 pm (UTC)
Oh, heavens, yes!
dark_bird on May 20th, 2005 09:09 pm (UTC)
Don't worry. Archery is one thing that takes a lot of practice to gain skill. I've taken archery twice in gym and each time I have to remember how to be decent.
Adrienne C.adrienne429 on May 20th, 2005 09:11 pm (UTC)
With a little bit each day, you'll be fine.

I've always wanted to try archery. Was it expensive to buy?
Since the houses are closer here, I wonder what my neighbors would think if I practiced in the backyard?