Archive for March, 2009

First IDPA Match 2009

Posted: March 31, 2009 in IDPA, shooting sports, USPSA

I shot my first IDPA match at Big Darby Creek last weekend and I had a blast! I’d been training through the winter months, so I felt like I had significantly progressed. I was really anticipating doing well and the final match results gave me a big boost.

My adhoc winter training comprised of about 5 USPSA matches, dryfire about 3 times a week and a few trips to the New Albany range. I know my game overall has improved, but some of the biggest improvements are reloads and speed through a stage. I’m sure other areas of my game have also improved but they’re harder for me to see.

But the biggest improvement of all is my mental approach. I read With Winning In Mind, by Lanny Bassham and I have to say that it’s an amazing book. It really helped shaped my mental game and I have a new approach to shooting and what I think before, during and right after I perform.

The match was fairly easy with pretty close targets, 2 swingers and no steel. When shooting, I didn’t really think about speed, I was focusing on sight picture, but I felt like I was rocketing between positions. In fact, on my second run of one stage, I had the fastest time of the day. Last year I qualified as a marksman in CDP, but I beat an ESP master, several experts and others who were usually much quicker than me last year. But this is the new me, I’m faster, more confident and accurate than I have ever been.

I won CDP and overall finished 3rd behind two people shooting 9mm. I’m really happy with my first CDP win and overall result. I will continue this through this season.

After the match one of the other SOs let me try out his new Springfield loaded in 9mm and wow, it was sweet. I put controlled pairs in the A zone of an IDPA target so quickly that it even almost surprised me, but then I had to say to myself, “that’s just like me”.

So of course now I’m considering trading one of my guns to fund the purchase of a 9mm, or perhaps I’ll convert my para to 9mm, hmmm….

Ignore the little things

Posted: March 19, 2009 in IDPA

I’ve been studying With Winning In Mind, by Lanny Bassham and a lot of things are clicking in my head. His book is all about developing a mental management system in order to train and perform better. With his framework on how the mind works, I am starting to make big strides in my attitude and my mental game.

For example, I now classify a whole bunch of other things that other people may worry about as “little things” and I tell myself that they don’t matter, they’re insignificant and cannot affect my performance. Examples of little things are:

  1. weather
  2. shooting first on a stage
  3. experiencing a stoppage or some sort of malfunction
  4. fumbled reloads
  5. procedural errors
  6. other shooters’ comments
  7. lower than expected scores
  8. not watching the front sight/calling the shot
  9. stage design
  10. the performance of other shooters in my squad

None of these things matter because once they’re done, they’re done, you can’t change them and you can make it up, so the only thing you can do is forget about them and continue shooting at your peak performance.

At the end of the stage I will think about all the great things that I did, how fast I moved, seeing the sights, smooth and efficient reloads, etc. Bringing the stage to a close on a positive note is important for me and helps set me up for the next stage.