I’m currently sat in my hotel room at Budapest International Airport before flying out to Idaho tomorrow via Munich, San Francisco and Spokane WA. It’s an epic journey for sure, but just the next step on my hectic itinerary over the next few weeks. But before I leave, I’d like to revisit the activities of the past few days here at the World Field Target Championships here in Hungary.
It’s my first FT World Champs, and unfortunately my results seem to confirm that! We arrived on Wednesday following pretty intense travel itinerary, and one which I think had quite an impact on my state of fatigue, and ultimately my overall performance. My recent schedule hasn’t offered much down time – if any – and the complicated travel and weapons transit procedures took their toll. By the time we arrived for practice on Thursday I was a little beat!
However our accommodation Hotel Divinus was fantastic, and the facilities first class. The organisation of the Worlds was outstanding, and other than a few hiccups with filling adapters, everything seemed to go to plan. What was clear from the outset was the spirit of camaraderie amongst the competitors, and the air of excitement was palpable. It reminded me of my triathlon days, and it was great to once again be part of something so special.
The Championship was contested over 3 days, with competitors shooting a different 50 target course on each. Day 1 saw me post a mediocre 36 ex 50 after a flying start. I simply ran out of steam! Day 2 was much better and I enjoyed a solid 42 ex 50, which could have been much higher after getting a good night sleep. A breakdown in concentration on day 3 saw a very strong start end in a reasonable 39 ex 50, which should have been better. My 117 ex 150 over the competition saw me place in the top 3rd of the field, but with potential to do better.
Top spot went to Jose Redondo from Spain who was simply magnificent throughout the weekend. As usual, England took the Team, Ladies, Veterans and Junior titles, and still appears to dominate the sport. Each year the gap gets closer though as international teams get better prepared, and more determined to wrestle away the momentum from the dominant force in field target.
Now I’m very much looking forward to the next World Championship in early September 2011 in Italy. I know what needs to be done, and how better to prepare for what is certainly an emotionally as well as physically challenging competition. I already have a mental list of what to take, and what preparation I need to undergo. Just the same as my triathlon training, the sooner I get started the better!