Monday, April 20, 2015

Ready, Aim, Fire

This weekend I became a certified archery instructor!


 My first time firing the Genesis bow





Mr. Bales and me with our certification cards

The class was in Wheatland, CA, which is about a seven and-a-half hour drive from where I live (eight hours plus if you figure in stops for gas and food). Clint and I, along with a teaching colleague of mine, Mr. Bales, left right after work on Friday, arrived to our motel around midnight, and started the training the next morning. 

The class was awesome. I came into the class being a tiny bit familiar with archery, but my experience was limited to the compound bow with a peep sight and scope, set at about 42 lbs. The bows we're required to use for NASP (National Archery in the Schools Program) are Genesis bows, which are also compound, but have no peep sight, no scope, and are only set to 11 to 20 lbs. So in addition to having to learn how to set up and run an archery range (including all of the safety rules/regulations), I had to learn the techniques for shooting a bow that I'm completely unfamiliar with. Did you know there are ELEVEN steps to shooting a bow? Here was the nemonic device I made up so I could remember all of the steps for the test: 
Sassy naked damsels boast proudly during an afternoon salsa routine Friday.
Seriously, I need to trademark that baby. ;) It stands for: Stance, nock arrow, draw handset, bow handset, pre-draw, draw, anchor, aim, release, follow-through. Someone was paid the big bucks to make all that up. If I was in charge over at NASP, I'd have three steps: 
Ready. Aim. Fire.
Anyway, we were also required to learn all of the different parts of a bow, and how to do common bow repairs. It was total information overload...by the end of the training my brain felt numb. But I also came out of it on a high, because I feel like I learned SO much (I ended up scoring a 96% on my practicals, and man did it take everything out of me). At this point, I honestly think I could set up an entire archery range and run an event with confidence.

While all of this was going on, my son was participating in the Monopoly Championship Tournament eight hours away, which resulted in me doing a lot of hyperventilating, squealing, and screaming while trying to shoot targets and memorize that the top cam of the bow is called the "idler wheel." I'm dying to write more about this whole Monopoly thing on this post, but it's way too cool and special, so I think I'll save it for the next one.

Cross your fingers for me now that our grant through NASP goes through, because I really, really want to get this archery program going for the new school year!

10 comments:

  1. That is awesome, Jodi!! I've always been interested in archery, but never brave enough to give it a go. Wimpy arms and all that. You seriously look great with that pink bow--not sarcasm, I loooooove pink!!! Good luck with your grant. :)

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    1. I wanted the blue bow Kristyn but someone else grabbed it. LOL. That's the one thing I have to say for the Genesis Bows, they are CUTE. And you can customize your own (though it costs extra). I want a white one with a blue grip, blue cam, etc. (I have a thing for blue lately).

      Thanks for the well-wishes for the grant!

      ~Jodi

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  2. Skee! ^_^
    Giant Congratulations on your certification! Fingers SO much crossed for your grant!!!

    Wait...did I hear you say Monopoly Tournament?!

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    1. Yes Krsytal, you heard right...MONOPOLY Tournament! I can't wait to write about it. Hopefully this weekend I'll get some downtime.

      Thank you for crossing your fingers for our grant! <3

      ~Jodi

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  3. That is bad-ass! I tried it at a Ren Faire once and that's about it (and that was pretty lame, to be honest, but I felt awesome doing it ;) You look super strong and I'm so inspired!

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    1. Thanks Cheyenne! It was a much lighter bow than I'm used to, so I felt good drawing it, but my aim in the beginning sucked. I'm not used to not having a peep sight (that's a little hole to look through that helps you aim). You actually have to aim the old school way, by lining the string with the tip of your arrow. Luckily our instructor was awesome and really helpful. By the end I had a grouping as tight as I get with my fancy compound bow at home and I felt SO RELIEVED.

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  4. I already told you this, but seriously... you are like the coolest chick ever!

    I have to figure out a way to make my character that is based on you into an archerist now!! giggle

    I'm also excited to hear about the Monopoly, I saw the post on FB. Your kids are the best, Jo.

    Love you babe! (...Therapy tomorrow! :D)

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    1. Haha Mel, you'd change your mind about that "coolest chick" assessment if you saw what a scatterbrain I am in person! You'll have to have your character do stuff like accidentally spray her pits with burn-relief spray instead of deodorant, or start a pot of coffee but forget to put the pot on the burner so all the coffee spills onto the counter/floor. (Ooh, I'm going to have Aviva do that since she's such a klutz).

      Your kids rock too girly. I'm thinking about you and your therapy right now. Love you back!!

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  5. Wow! That is so cool!!!! Congratulations!

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