Monday, February 6, 2012

Updates on Preparation for the Florida Open

I posted back at the end of November about some of my training regimen and what I was doing to prepare for the Florida Open (FLOP12) - well, I've got updates like you wouldn't believe!

Letting Go

Where that last left off was that I was training a lot to hit excellent scores in PPC - while I haven't shot a perfect 480 in the IPA course of fire, I have posted some excellent scores. My average is hovering close to a 474, with a personal best of a 478. (I shot that with an essentially stock gen 3 GLOCK 35 and AmeriGlo sights.) I'm still practicing shooting groups, and I've got a few scores to post before the season closes and I think I'll have time to settle a new barrel and practice 25 yard groups before it does, but I've had to let go of the goal for now in order to intensify the training for FLOP12.

I guess the lesson learned is that one can roll-off and roll-on with their approach to goals - it is necessary to have them, but they serve as waypoints, not endpoints in one's endeavors.

The Power Of Positive Planning

We hatched our schemes early and they seemed to have paid off well!

"Classic Target"

The December Pine Tree IPSC match had a lot of stop signs ("classic" targets) and Kozy, Kerry and I did well as we've gotten very comfortable approaching them.


As I mentioned, I drove to the FLOP11 and it sucked. This year, we executed our plan to get things and ourselves there ahead of time:

I was recently in FL for a little R&R and to check that the ammo made it down with my dad (he's retired and drove there after the holidays) and that my folk's house is going to be able to fit Kozy, TD and myself.

Kozy, TD Roe and I are flying out the Wednesday before in order to walk the stages on Thursday. We shoot all day Friday... We've even got a great plan to get to the airport!

At this point, all that is left to do is practice, dry-fire, and pack. No worries...

Confusing Stages

Our initial plan was to reverse-engineers stages in order to learn how to run 'em better. We even bought in a SME (subject matter expert) to help us out: 2011 National Production Champion Ben Stoeger! We planned the lesson well ahead of time, so that we'd have at least a month to incorporate the lessons.

Well, sometimes you can be too clever: The lesson was life-changing, especially since the focus shifted rapidly away from "stage planning" and back to the fact that so much really depends on one's ability to execute. Sure there is something to be gained by approaching some ports first and other last, but, those tactical considerations are not that difficult. Whatever approach, the ability to execute one's plan well is what helps win or lose.

Before I had studied Zen for thirty years, I saw mountains as mountains, and waters as waters. When I arrived at a more intimate knowledge, I came to the point where I saw that mountains are not mountains, and waters are not waters. But now that I have got its very substance I am at rest. For it's just that I see mountains once again as mountains, and waters once again as waters.

It was exhausting to stay late to setup, absorb all of the information, then come back to Pine Tree to setup and run the IDPA match before heading to Florida for some vacation - I felt like after my time away from the gun (I didn't dry fire at all), I was able to come back and tear things up in practice and in recent IDPA and USPSA match.

I feel like I've grown a lot in the past few months, working through a plateau and coming away with some really interesting insights into life, the universe and everything. So, as FPS Russia says, "Let's see what we can do... "

(Many thanks to Terry B for the AWESOME meme... I owe you a brew!)