I am very pleased to report that I won Limited division at this year's IRC. I still have plenty of skills that need improving, but it was nice to finally win one of the big matches. Each year I keep improving a little bit more, and I plan to put a focused training program together this winter to really take it to the next level. One key factor in winning this year's match was shooting at a pace I felt would result in the maximum likelihood of shooting clean. Unfortunately, my inner "Ricky Bobby" came out a few times and I did wind up with quite a few penalties and make up shots. I ended the match with 389 Alphas, 23 Bravos, 1 Charlie, and 1 Mike. The Mike was an accident that I called, but it was a shots limited stage so I couldn't make it up without further penalty. In general, penalties added around 7% to my overall time, I would like to reduce that by roughly half next year while also shooting at a faster average pace. My "full speed" pace is considerably faster, but I have not built up the confidence in accuracy to risk shooting like that in ICORE. I need to dedicate the time this winter and figure out where my current limits are in terms of shooting pace.
The majority of what I need to work on is reducing preventable errors and executing the fundamentals at a consistently higher level. I can shoot fast and I can shoot accurately, though I cannot currently do both 100% of the time error free. I will also be working to lose around 30 pounds and incorporate some agility training into the mix. Shooting skills aside, one obvious way to save time is spend less of it moving around and getting into and out of positions. Lastly, I have decided to put more focus on cross training with iron and optical sights. I have committed to shooting both regularly in order to try Open at next year's IRC as well as OSR at the WSSC. There's always something to work on and I hope to continue improving for next season.
Here's some video of the match: