Lonestar Armory Run and Gun (Biathlon)

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Re: Lonestar Armory Run and Gun (Biathlon)

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Post by equin » Tue Oct 23, 2018 11:32 am

Well, if it makes you feel any better, I admit I DNF’ed every stage except one. Somehow, I didn’t even come in last place, either. My pistol shooting is lacking, and I really need to work on it. I was surprised by how well I did with my rifle shooting, though.

If anything, the event was able to show me my weaknesses in physical strength, stamina, gear and shooting ability. So in that regard, it taught me a whole lot and was well worth it. I suspected I was going to get something good out of it, but didn’t know just how beneficial it would be until now that I finally did one. And despite how humbling it can be, I now want to do more of these.
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Post by equin » Tue Oct 23, 2018 11:41 am

Oh, and I forgot to add. There were some really competitive folks out there, but don’t let that scare you. Some of the college-aged Texas A&M marksman team members smoked pass me like nothing. Despite their youth, the guy that won the overall didn’t look as young as them, more like a really fit guy getting close to middle age. But I see these events more as a way to gauge your own strengths and weaknesses and to compete against yourself for further improvement down the line. I got the impression nobody else really cared how good or bad or fast or slow you are. They all seemed to focus on their own performance, but were still very friendly to an aging newbie like me.
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Re: Lonestar Armory Run and Gun (Biathlon)

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Post by SQLGeek » Tue Oct 23, 2018 11:23 pm

But I see these events more as a way to gauge your own strengths and weaknesses and to compete against yourself for further improvement down the line.
Oh absolutely. I've found that to be true with many such endeavors. I am not a runner and never have been. My interest in shooting has pushed me to look into these events as something to train for. I am wanting to start a running program here pretty soon and this is the push I need.

Thanks again for sharing your experience, it sounds like a fantastic if not challenging time.
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Re: Lonestar Armory Run and Gun (Biathlon)

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Post by equin » Wed Oct 24, 2018 10:20 am

I hear ya! I’m no distance runner, either. I find it kind of boring. Never got the “runner’s high,” either, but maybe it comes with more distance?

But knowing I was doing it for a shooting event like this changed everything. I actually looked forward to going out for a jog and seeing how much further I could go than the last time. I practiced jogging in the rain, in dirt and tall, un-mowed grass along deserted roads in the hopes of trying to simulate what it might be like on the course (never realizing the soggy, messy mudfest that awaited me at this particular one). I also looked forward to trying out different weighted backpacks, running shoes and boots, and seeing which ones worked best. I made the mistake at first of jogging with too much weight (35 lb kettle bell) in my pack, though. I then went with much lighter weight and slowly worked my way up. I learned not to exceed a certain weight (for me it was 20 lbs), but I’m guessing it’s different for everyone.

It actually became fun, although at my age in my early 50’s, I couldn’t keep anywhere near the pace I was once able to keep back when I ran the quarter and half mile events in high school track. I accepted that for now, at least, a jogging pace would suffice. And like I said, you don’t have to run or jog if you don’t want to. Some folks walk it. The training, which I’m sure wasn’t as intense as it is for serious runners, was still enough to help me lose weight, even as I gorged on a bunch of food during the process!

I say definitely try it! If you end up not liking it, at least you can say you tried it once. I will say that half-way through, I was hating myself for doing it and wanted to reach the end. But now I can’t wait to do another one. Not sure why that is. Maybe it’s one of those things where now that you understand the challenge better, you feel like you want to keep challenging yourself?
Ed

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