Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Good News... Bad News...

Well, the Florida Open is over and I've survived a monster drive home (my wife trucked down last month to hit a conference and had to leave her car with the in-laws because of the Atlanta snowmaggedon). We made excellent time to Indianapolis (17 hours) before the snow hit us. We figured it'd be easier to avoid the lake effect snow near Gary and turned west to Champaign.

Yeah. It all sucked. Our record run turned into a 28 hour grudge fest with us getting home at midnight. Kozy and my performance at The Open shares some parallels to this...

But... Before I go there...

USPSA updated classifications right before the Open and I noticed that I had run enough 100% classifiers to get on the top of the "Top 20" list! This was a goal I've been pushing towards since last summer; Kozy and I have been slugging through as many classifiers are we could at Alpha, trying to gauge our runs on 'em by examining the hit factors and calculating the high hit factors.

I've learned a lot about draws, reloads, strong and weak-hand shooting, and earned my GM card in the process. The constant focus on measurable, attainable results and the dry fire that goes with it have provided some awesome benefits!

I went to bed feeling pretty good, feeling game for the Open, despite some lack of sleep...

Delicious Humble Pie...

Leading up to the open, I've been feeling a bit shaky about my performance with the CZ - I'm still trying to figure these guns out, especially how the gun reacts/tracks at distance. At the WIIT, I managed to miss a bunch of plates due to offset/sighting, due, largely to the way I think I grip the gun. Part of the trouble has been that during the Chiberian winters we only have about 18 yards to really work with indoors.

After a few practice session with smaller plates, etc, I didn't want to change the sight setup on the gun because I thought I had it well enough... Though, the night before, Brownie was nice enough to lend me some awesome thick aluminum CZ grips that I feel make it easier to grip the smallish frame of the CZ...

This sighting issue would pretty much be my bane for the entire match... In a nutshell, I threw far too many delta's, mike's, and penalties to be really competitive. On the flip side, I was pretty fast, laying down a time that was just slightly off the top pace (252 seconds vs 245ish). I finished 14th overall - 85% of Argentina's Gaston Vallerga and his Bersa's pace.

The silver lining on all of this is that at least I know what at my lunch and I've got the time to get to work bumping the sights over and getting back on a solid accuracy program... Additionally, having been at this same place with the pizza gun, I know that it just takes some effort and hard work to get used to these CZ's.

The Open, to me, has always been one of those difficult matches where the stages are fun, challenging (20 yard partials) and done in a fashion where they're fun to look at - every year there is a theme. Additionally, it is always fun to be around some of the IPSC folks from Latin America or Europe as some of 'em are wicked good and fun to watch!