The three days of competition at the IRS Cup 2022 are over with great results for me: bronze medal on the first day and finals after every qualification stage (4th on the second day, 7th in the final of the best men and women of the three days). I dreaded the competition in the weeks prior, but ended up enjoying it. This is how I managed to do it.
Contrary to what you see in the picture, the last few days have not been happy. My performance at the French national air pistol competition was very disappointing and it has taken me five days to accept the team medal and believe in that smile.
After a well deserved winter break getting some sun and good vibes in Madrid, training got serious quickly with an MOP session on January 3rd and the regional Picardie championships on January 7th. Full throttle as soon as I got back!
I am always looking forward competing at RIAC, a three day air pistol and rifle competition organized by Luxembourg’s sport shooting federation. These competitions offer a great opportunity to learn as you challenge yourself at different times of the day on the same event for three days, with the pressure of competition and surrounded by great air pistol shooters. This is what changed since the last progress report and during the competition, plus how to work on my biggest issue at each of the matches.
With all the work I’ve been doing these past weeks on my stance and shooting shoes I’ve come to the realization that I have two natural points of aim…
Thanks to re-reading coach Santiago’s pistol training plans and instructions I’ve finally managed to remove conscience from the trigger when releasing the shot so that now I can focus solely on the front sight. It is surprisingly simple. This is what you have to do.
It’s been a while since the last update on how I’m progressing. This is what has changed and improved since then.
Another week and another competition to test my current performance. There’s both good and bad. This is what I’ve learned.
Vacation is over and I’m back to training with my pistol 🙂 I’m very happy with the amount of physical training I manage to do during the two weeks I was away with my family. As you can see in the tracking table below, I got to do a lot and I feel great physically. As the days went by I could tell I was in better shape and had to hold myself not to push it too far.