Old plan, New plan

With biscuit showing up on the scene, my mid-to-long-term plan needed some adjustment. The plan was:

  • Reach 570 during the summer training session, either in UCD at the June 10 match or at a match afterwards (dependant on weight loss rate and delivery date for the new jacket)
  • Hit Tier 3 selection score (573) to qualify for RIAC and Intershoot during the opening matches of the domestic season (October/November)
  • Shoot in RIAC (December in Luxembourg)
  • Hit Tier 2 selection score (577) to qualify for the European championships (either in RIAC or in domestic matches)
  • Shoot in Intershoot (February 2-4 in the Hague)
  • Shoot in the European Championships (February 14-20 in Finland)
  • Hit Tier 1 selection score (583) to qualify for the World Cup series of matches (either in Intershoot or in domestic matches)
  • Shoot in the ISSF World Cup (April 17-29 in London)
  • Shoot in the ISSF World Cup (May 13-20 in Milan)
  • Shoot in the ISSF World Cup (May 20-27 in Munich)

This worked reasonably well; I was hitting 570 in training around mid-June; shot a 574 in UCD just before Intershoot, shot in RIAC and Intershoot, but never got the weight down low enough to get the new shooting suit and I think (and Matt agrees) that that slowed progression a fair amount on the score front. But the actual technique wasn’t suffering too badly; and I thought Intershoot went pretty well. The Europeans, the World Cups are all off the table this year because biscuit was due in mid-March (in a few days actually) and I didn’t really want to leave home and there was too much to do beforehand. So I thought about the next year or two, talked it over with Matt, went through a draft or two and this is my new mid-to-long-term training plan. It’s liable to change as training and competition progresses, though I’ll try to blog major changes and evaluations as they happen 🙂

  • Get physical fitness under control by Autumn (meaning weight down to the 220-240lb region and general aerobic fitness and flexibilty improved upon)
  • Drop out of rifle shooting (or even all shooting) for a 3-6 month period after Biscuit is born (because 4am feedings and competitive target shooting at the international level don’t mix too well)
  • Buy New Equipment (new jacket, new trousers, new boots, new rifle – but wait until after the new ISSF rules are announced)
  • Resume training and competing in rifle matches domestically; get back up past the MQS level (by October/November)
  • Shoot in RIAC 2012 (December in Luxembourg)
  • Hit Tier 2 selection score (577) to qualify for the 2013 European championships (either in RIAC or in domestic matches)
  • Shoot in Intershoot 2013 (January 31-February 2 in the Hague)
  • Shoot in the 2013 European 10m Airgun Championships (February 25-March 3 in Denmark)
  • Hit Tier 1 selection score (583) to qualify for the World Cup series of matches (either in Intershoot or in domestic matches)
  • Shoot in an ISSF World Cup (2013 dates not yet released by ISSF)

The last match…

…for a while at least. With biscuit’s due date rapidly incoming, rifle training is shut down for now, and shooting pistol in the UCD Open is the last match I’ll be in for a while, and it’s purely as a plinking match for me, a bit of fun. So I grabbed the Izzy case and wandered over to UCD, said hi to folks and set up on the firing point, and take my first sighter shot:

Sighter shot

You know what? Feck that, that’ll do 😀 Went straight into the match after that (hey, it’s for fun, right? 😀 )

The rest of the match went quite well, I still haven’t achieved my goal of shooting a full match with no shots in the white, but it was closer this time and I broke 500 so that was a good match scorewise. I forced myself to put down the pistol for 30 seconds between each shot for the first 40 shots; then took a longish break and then came back and shot the last 20 shots non-stop quite quickly; I think the results show the whole shoot-a-string-and-then-take-a-break approach beats the pause-between-each-shot approach.

UCD Air Open II

UCD Air Rifle Open II

And it’s a nice strong finish to go out on, at least for a few months 🙂