Started shooting USPSA in January 2014. I got hooked immediately and made some good progress in the last twelve months.
I found Ben's books and podcasts around the summer time and started a diligent dryfire training plan. Thanks to this forum, I also found Lanny Bassham's With Winning in Mind which helped immensely with getting my mind right about my approach to competition and the correct way of thinking about winning. Process > Results
I rose from an unclassified shooter to a 71% B shooter. If you will recall, my primary goal in 2014 was to make A class in production. I fell a little short, and was a bit disappointed, but I'm going to use that as fuel and motivation for 2015. As mentioned above, my thinking has changed about making classification the end-all, be-all of USPSA shooting anyway.
I shot only local club-level matches last year. I'm fortunate to live in an area with a thriving USPSA scene with a ton of really talented competition. Toward the end of the year, I was regularly finishing among the top of the Production crowd and in the top quarter overall. I had my first 1st place Production finish, which was a great feeling.
Stuff that hurt me: Starting in L-10. (I know, I know. B classification there too.) Little live-fire practice. Too much emphasis on the static drills in the book and too little on movement and field course drills.
I'm still hooked, still hungry, and with that said, here are some goals which I'm writing down and posting for the doodieverse to see so it keeps me accountable.
1. Shoot at least two "big matches" like state and area.
2. Finish top twelve production in the GA state match.
3. Live fire practice at least twice a month, or more, as ammo supply allows.
4. Buy a Dillon and get started reloading.
5. Resist the urge to dabble in the other divisions.
6. Shoot like a Master; make Master class.