I have already talked about the importance of taking a break in Training Cycle 4 - Rest and Recovery but taking a little time away from shooting (although this is largely enforced by the winter weather we get here in Waitakere) gives me time to get out on the roads and get fit for the start of the shooting and trail running seasons. It also gives me the opportunity to post a little less for a while, and refresh the creative juices a little. I try hard to write thoughtful and interesting pieces on shooting, but I need inspiration to do this and not a little cognitive space. A busy schedule of work and travel for shooting last year wrung me out a little, but what a season it was.
The 2016/2017 season is looking like it's going to be a big one: I've got work trips to North America on the cards, as well as at least one trip (probably two) to the UK planned, as well as at least one (possibly as many as three) trips over the ditch to New Zealand's West Island* in the coming 18 months.
|The handloading bench is going to get a lot of use in the next couple of months. The hammer is purely for emergency use.|
- Give my rifle a thorough check over and clean;
- Load a shitload of ammunition for training and competition;
- Dig out the SCATT and do some training;
- Sort through my kit to see if I need to replace anything;
- Think about what aspects of my position and technique I'm going to need to work on; and
- Get out on the range and do some live fire.
* Also known to some people as "Australia".