The layout of a training program…and how you might start towards you dream.
I would start by breaking up the time into several periods. A simple layout might be in Three sections
First…revue your current abilities and what abilities you need to improve for the event. Example: If the event is 70m shooting how good are you at that as compared with other archery disciplines and distances; or if it is unmarked field distances ,how good are you at estimating distance. The specific multiple needs of your event are what you should sort out. In the first period of training a lot of that type of ‘work’ needs to be done to train the physical ability to do that form of archery. I mean a huge quantity of work not always concentrating on absolute scores but on reasonable scores and lots of shooting, to train the muscle memory, to train the body to be able to easily manage the length of the competition and remain strong. Optimum technical skill in the time available. This is a period of laying the mental strength by knowledge of you physical preparations. The knowledge is also positive affirmation of what you are doing and is a form of mental focussing. Very good for this affirmation at this stage is to break out of routines you may have in your life….even give up your job to pursue you goal… or train early in the morning or very late at night….something that is out of the ordinary! This reinforces the feeling that you have set out on a new path and that it is something that is taking a commitment and that you have made that commitment. The idea of it being different enables you to change your mind set on what it is possible for you to achieve.
Second….After this previous period of intense overtraining in which skills are optimised in the time available…time to go out and see how good you are. With two thirds of the time to the event to go, test out your skill in competitions specific to your event and practise the game of competing. Now its time to practise the skills of being under pressure and to use the techniques of mental rehearsal and positive affirmation which have been introduced in previous chapters. Feed back from the competitions and results of what you have done to date. Practise sessions become less long ,still long but much more focussed,achievement levels must and will rise and the mental expectation is a large part of this. Physical strength and rest periods are an important part of training and fatigue as a factor in performance …in mental and physical effects. You can be mentally fed up but not physically tired or the other way around. If your drive to win is strong , the physical side usually gives up before the mental! This period is one in which you must stay focussed and is one in which you can radically improve your results if you are realistic with yourself, and honest in the feedback that you use to get to the next level up in performance.
Third..Towards the end of the second third of the time avalable…..re-assess the achievement so far, am I good enough? Strengths and weaknesses, be as realalistic as you can… look at the time left before the champs, and now go out and be specific and high quality in an intense period of training in all identifiable factors in which you are uncertain and unfamiliar to do with the shoot and getting to it. Rehearse it all, leave nothing out. Divide up the last period of one third of your time in to this intense practise period over and extended time up until your drive to win at the exclusion of all else starts to breakdown through mental physical and social fatigue…well how much do you want to win? Then with a few weeks to go REST. Do little or no training until the appetite for shooting has come back . Then Shoot but for relaxation and to let your powers so honed by the three previous periods of training run on auto pilot and you body and mind super recover for the big event…arrive rested and eager to compete, confident in the knowledge that you have a high level of ability and expecting to reach your goal. ……SIMPLE REALLY.