The weekend of September 26 and 27, 2009, gave us the 9th Annual Rancho Neblina Traditional Rendezvous. Sixty-three 3D foam animal targets at unmarked distances on three separate courses set on a 600+ acre cattle ranch near Petaluma, California. The cows were not pleased with having to share their fields with 200 bipeds. In spite of promises for cooler weather, the temperatures reached 100° F (38° C) on both days, and the heat took its human toll as some archers passed out or dropped from the competition.
You can find pictures of the event here.
I didn’t do well. This is a major league disappointment after spending all year training for this event, and then to have it all fall apart. A friend commented, “You can hit all the difficult targets! What is it with the easy ones?”
Indeed, it seemed like I couldn’t miss the difficult targets, including one I call The Carousel of Doom.
But when it came to getting the easy ones, some madness possessed my arrows and sent them on strange and unexplainable trajectories, without regard to how much I tried to slow down and concentrate on aiming.
Ah well, it’s all practice, eh?
Update September 30, 2009 –– I left the competition site before the awards ceremony because allergies were starting to flare, and I had already used my limit of anti-histamines. I left thinking that I had placed poorly. A friend sent me a message on Facebook, “You came in second!!” While this certainly made me feel better, my thoughts were, “Okay, other people performed worse than I did. That doesn’t mean I performed well.”
We are always our own worst critic, aren’t we?