After Winter Break Pre National Championship Training Plan 2023: 10m Air Pistol and Standard Pistol MOP Group Training

After my loooooong break from pistol shooting while studying, I finally came back to ASTir Creil to train with the MOP team, Aurore and Daniel Goberville. Following the French season calendar, the team was back to training to prepare the 10m French National Championship. This is what we did.

My Pistol Training and Shooting Goals for 2023

With the help of Paul Hughes and the community of shooters around him, I’ve finally made a comprehensive goals document for 2023 and the years to come, based on his Big Hairy Audacious Goals. You can find everything here: from why I shoot to my process and outcome goals, and how I plan to execute them. Having this goals framework will help me do a lot less work every year.

3rd Pre Competition 10m + 25m Pistol MOP Training Plan

A new MOP training plan focused on 25m pistol and is a follow up of training plan 1 and training plan 2, under the direction of coach Daniel Goberville. Challenges, new final format training, medal matches… all for Precision and Rapid Fire Pistol (RFP). A whole day of training at the 25m range 🙂

2nd Pre Competition 25m Pistol MOP Training Plan

This MOP training plan focuses on 25m pistol and is a follow up of this training plan. Under the direction of coach Daniel Goberville we spent a full day training at the 25m range and it was great to be outdoors for a change (the ASTir Creil range has really nice installations), although my thumb ended up sore from all the loading, which was a great incentive to find ways to protect it.

Pre Competition 25m Pistol & 10m Air Pistol MOP Training Plan

This is the first in a series of four full day MOP team group training plans with coach Daniel Goberville to prepare the French 25m Pistol national championships. Air pistol training is also included to keep the skill and to improve for all other pistol shooting.

Defusion Techniques for Pistol Shooters

One of the helpful techniques I’ve learned with Paul Hughes’ 4R mental training course (interview here) is the defusion technique from ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy). When we are shooting (and in many other areas of life) we are going to have thoughts and emotions we cannot control, they just pop up and start playing with our minds. What we can do (this is the core of ACT defusion) is change how we relate to them, so that we can reduce their impact.

This has been a life saver.

Pistol Grip Training Plan

Part of my work with Philippe Stiel involved consolidating and learning pistol technique basics that I had not really acquired because of learning to shoot mostly by myself. In this session we worked how to hold the grip of the pistol, to gain conscience of the effect of every finger on it and also to find the best grip for myself.

10 Weeks Pistol Training Program To Restart the Season After a Long Break

This 10-week training program to get back in shape after a long break comes from the mind and experience of coach Philippe Stiel, who is currently coaching Luxembourg’s pistol team and did the same for a long while with the Belgian national team (from where this training plan comes from). One of his shooters kept notes and was so kind as to share them with me. Philippe agreed immediately when I asked them if I could share them with you.

Do Hard Things: Practical Toughness & Resilience With Steve Magness

Do you fit the topical image of what toughness should look like? You and I are not alone in not fitting it. Luckily for us Steve Magness comes to the rescue with science in his new book Do Hard Things: Why We Get Resilience Wrong and the Surprising Science of Real Toughness (all links to Amazon in this article are affiliate links). I have bought the book as soon as it was available to pre-order and responded to one of Steve’s emails proposing an interview for all of us sport shooters that have to face the difficulties of our sport in competition and training, to take on our difficult challenges without falling into the fake toughness trap.