Archery is an amazing experience. The “swoosh” of the bow when you release the arrow is like nothing else! A little, quiet, hole in the wall provides a very rare experience. It was time to see if I could hold my own next to Katniss.
My next Groupon® adventure consisted of an archery lesson at KC Performance Archery & Range. I was totally stoked! Who wouldn't want to be the next Katniss in The Hunger Games? Besides, my dad was always amazing with a bow and arrow. I really wanted to make him proud.
Instead, it turned out that I shoot arrows as successfully as I shoot darts. It was obvious that I would actually be the first one to die in the Hunger Games. I couldn't aim to save my life! After a thorough rundown of how to handle the bows and arrows, the instructor stepped back and let me shoot. I was shaking from my medication. This wasn't exactly helping the situation. The instructor quickly taught me how to make adjustments. I put the arrow in place, raised the bow, drew back the strings, and got a thrill as I heard the “swoosh” of the strings as I let go. I at least looked like I knew what I was doing. However, the landed arrows told a different story.
For whatever reason, if I actually tried to aim, I couldn't hit the target to save my life. There were a couple of times I hit the wooden board above. I squealed as the arrow bounced off with a terribly loud thud and yelled, "SORRY!!" I was trying too hard, and it was showing.
I had no one to impress. It was time to relax and get in the zone. I did just that. When I wasn't trying to hit the targets, I actually nailed them! With every release, I became more excited. The feel and sound of the bow was exhilarating! I've got this, I thought.
I shot arrows for an hour before I really began to feel it in my upper body. Who knew archery was so tiring?!
Although I had a 25% accuracy rate, I am pretty sure I would be the first to go if there were actually a Hunger Games going on in Johnson County.
A girl just trying to find her way, stepping outside of her comfort zone, trying new things, and making new friends along the way!