Ron Ankeny Posted February 24, 2004 Share Posted February 24, 2004 I have never shot any matches other than small local matches in comfortable surroundings so last fall I decided to save up some bucks and get myself to a couple of tournament sized matches and several sanctioned matches this summer. I am not wealthy by any stretch of the imagination and I had to sacrifice in several areas just to save up a couple of thousand bucks for travel. In preparation for the summer months, I lost 55 pounds to help increase my endurance and improve my movement. I took January off from shooting and in February I began a rigorous dry firing routine. As the weather improves I will get to the range more often and practice with a plan. I got derailed a few weeks ago by a recurring medical problem. I can stand and shoot, but the introduction of movement causes some problems. If I jog, get jarred, step hard, go to a knee, even think about going prone, etc. I often trigger some fairly intense neuropathic pain. It’s a sharp, stabbing, burning sensation from my right arm pit across the right pectoral followed by numbness. It’s not conducive to peak performance and I am becoming discouraged. I started to cower in the corner and wallow in self pity, but Sam and John won't let me do that. My ego is in the way. I just can’t stand the thought of showing up at a tournament level match knowing I am running the risk of of having my ass handed to me by a bunch of shooters in B and C class. That type of thinking is negative and self defeating. I thought about asking USPSA to move me down in class on the basis of a medical condition, but I really don’t want to do that. I guess it’s time to cowboy up and ride. So here’s the question. Do any of you know of some sports literature or something of the sort that talks about performing with pain? How would you prepare yourself mentally to compete in a big match if you were injured? Am I over thinking this whole thing? Should I just develop a “don’t give a crap attitude” and attend the match as a learning experience with little emphasis on performance. I am open to suggestions. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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