IN Section is in the books. Came in 6th in PD, 2nd Master. All GMs and 1 M in front of me. This match was a LOT of fun. And it felt like an endurance test.
First... no pain no gain. I forgot my orthopedic inserts for my shoes. by the 8th stage I could hardly walk. Tried to stay off my feet as much as possible, but that's only about 30 seconds while someone shoots before you're up pasting again.
Pulling out of the house to drive to the match I was having a hard time focusing. Realized it was just my left eye. My right eye (dominant) was BETTER than normal?! I had my contacts in the wrong eyes. I had been to the eye Dr like 5 times and was never happy w/ my prescription. Turns out the left works pretty good in the right. So I put in a new left one, grabbed some spare contacts, and got back on the road.
This was my only major this year. So I practiced... A whopping 90 minutes or so the week leading up to it. What I really noticed my time "off" has hurt isn't accuracy or shot calling or sight tracking, but stage execution, visualization, and the "flow" of a stage. I felt like I was shooting each stage in sections and thinking the stage through as I shot. Plans weren't followed, or if they were, not smoothly. No stage felt stellar (although I did end up w/ three 2nd's). But I was consistent and had no crashes, and that's what saved me.
I shot ~92% of the points. 5 Ds, 2 mikes.
First stage, (stage 1 by chance) plan had me starting shooting 10 rounds on an empty-gun start. Didn't think about the gun going empty during the walk through and was thinking WTF when the slide locked back. Gun didn't go into battery on the load, which has not happened before. much time lost.
2nd stage. Plan? what plan? I included an un-planned reload, and the execution was true "shoot em as you see em." I had a good plan but didn't even begin to follow it. "Now what?" is how I felt the whole time.
Stage 3, meh. very blocky. had feet planted where I planned to be moving. Too many Cs (9).
Stage 4, a short 2 paper and 4 poppers, My first ever call for calibration, and I got the reshoot! Whew! Came in 2nd. I can say I beat Ben on a stage.
Could have been a couple tenths faster but I called a miss on the first steel. I called it an inch under the cal zone and an inch left. But on vid I see it hit an inch on, so steel #1 had 2 rounds on it.
Stage 5, I was too chicken sh* to go for hitting the activator first and then all steel and paper before going for the clamshell, so I hit the paper, activator, 3 steel... and WAITED on the mover. damn. This was my worst place finish at 12th.
Stage 6, another 2nd place finish. I set up well on the ports. 2Cs. Not much I could have done different. I like the way Ben shot it, that certainly saved setting up in another position. smart.
Stage 7. Long shots went ok. 2 Ds. one called, one called a C. I hit the activator for the dual max traps moving too fast, I pulled a miss on one. You can see on vid I jumped a little thinking about coming back for it, but I opted to take the mike (too close to 180 and too tight a shot w/ the NS, plus the time to back up). Still came in 9th, and the miss only cost me one stage position.
Stage 8, another "meh." Opted for a safe plan that let me get a couple targets from a little lower port at the expense of an additional position to set up in. If I were an inch or so taller I think I would have gone for 5 targets from the middle of the back wall, reloaded, and hit all the low targets at the end on a single mag. Didn't burn-in where to look on the 2nd position on the back wall and almost engaged the wrong targets. 4th on this stage.
Stage 9, another 2nd place finish. A D on this stage really hurt. I felt this was my best stage. Except for that D, I don't know I could have done it much better.
Stage 10, I second guessed how to start right up to the buzzer. Starting SHO like Ben did didn't occur to me, I think that was the ticket... I -almost- had the right plan. A called edge D on the far static paper needed a make-up, and I must have ridden the slide lock and it didn't occur to me the gun was empty. So I got to my second position and the gun went "click." Shit.
Stage 11. Stage went well except for the last position through the port. On the second shot for the 1st paper, my hand bumped the port frame as the gun fired, and I had NO idea where it went. after shooting the array, I came back and made it up... but I pulled off the last target too soon hurrying to get back and pulled a mike. And the target with the errant round? Well, I made up a C with a C... That mike cost me about 5 stage positions.
Edited by rvb, 01 August 2011 - 09:44 PM.