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#1 Race taco's brother

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Posted 25 February 2018 - 06:20 AM

One of the areas I struggle with the most at a match is the waiting. I am having a tough time not getting frustrated and mentally checking out. That "I just want to get out of here" attitude is something I really want to avoid this season. How do you guys handle the late starts, delays, and slow pace that seem to happen at many matches? Although I am not a new shooter I know I have a lot to learn.

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Posted 25 February 2018 - 07:08 AM

Shittalking with your shooting buddies is a good option at local matches, at important matches there is no waiting, I'm constantly preparing for the next stage, watching shooters, memorizing stage plan and so on.


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Posted 25 February 2018 - 08:34 AM

Snacks dude, snacks!
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Posted 25 February 2018 - 08:49 AM

Recycling my response from seabass' training diary about the same issue: 

 

To point out the obvious, stop getting angry. Go put your feet up somewhere, eat some snacks, hydrate, check Instagram, and get back into game mode when it appears the other squad is nearing finish. Spending emotional energy on something you have zero control over is a tremendous waste. 


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Posted 25 February 2018 - 09:32 AM

Shake it off in the nearest bush.


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Posted 25 February 2018 - 10:54 AM

One of the areas I struggle with the most at a match is the waiting. I am having a tough time not getting frustrated and mentally checking out. That "I just want to get out of here" attitude is something I really want to avoid this season. How do you guys handle the late starts, delays, and slow pace that seem to happen at many matches? Although I am not a new shooter I know I have a lot to learn.

Thanks

 

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Posted 25 February 2018 - 11:48 AM

Just light one off after ULASC-works perfectly.
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Posted 25 February 2018 - 03:07 PM

I struggled with the boredom for the first couple matches, then I started acting like less of a retard. If you are not doing something while you are waiting, you are doing it entirely wrong.

 

Before I shoot, I spend every spare moment visualizing the stage and preparing for my run. 

 

After I shoot, I clean and reload mags, reset, and help run the timer or scorepad at local matches. I am generally busy pretty much the whole time now.


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Posted 25 February 2018 - 03:40 PM

At a local if you are waiting and bored, you are doing it wrong.

Get off your ass and help things move faster. Setup. Score. Paste. Reset.

If the waiting is something you truly can't help fix (lazy-ass MD, squad of retards ahead) only then you can slack off to the porta can to crack one off.
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Posted 25 February 2018 - 05:50 PM

I can honestly say he definitely pulls his weight as for helping with reset. The problem is he has the patience of a three year old.

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Posted 25 February 2018 - 07:24 PM

Anti anxiety drugs?

 

The legal kind.  Or not.....


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Posted 25 February 2018 - 07:38 PM

Prayer and meditation?


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Posted 25 February 2018 - 07:45 PM

Listening to the self sponsored shooters getting you down? Bring a hooker with you to jam mags and talk dirty to you while you are waiting. 


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Posted 26 February 2018 - 06:28 AM

Some of the strategies you guys mentioned seem like simple solution to my frustration. I guess just like anything I will have to work at it.
I liked SlivGods line about wasting my energy on something I have zero control over. Honestly never thought of it like that.
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Posted 26 February 2018 - 06:31 AM

Step 1:  Get an RO certification

Step 2:  Tell people to hurry the fuck up

Step 3:  DQ 10.6.1 for unsportsmanlike conduct, failure to comply with the reasonable direction of a match official.

Step 4:  (optional) If they stick around and cry about it, 10.6.2 Expelled from the range, for conduct an RO deems unacceptable.


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Posted 26 February 2018 - 08:03 AM

I was going to post something like this:

At a local if you are waiting and bored, you are doing it wrong.

Get off your ass and help things move faster. Setup. Score. Paste. Reset.

If the waiting is something you truly can't help fix (lazy-ass MD, squad of retards ahead) only then you can slack off to the porta can to crack one off.

 

And then I read this:

 

I can honestly say he definitely pulls his weight as for helping with reset. The problem is he has the patience of a three year old.


So, I’ll just direct you to BEnos where the sanctimonious derps can preach to you about patience, Zen and finding your center.
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Posted 26 February 2018 - 08:20 AM

At minors it's all about being a social butterfly and keeping busy.

 

At majors you usually have very little time to burn on irrelevant thinking.



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Posted 26 February 2018 - 08:51 AM

Listening to the self sponsored shooters getting you down? Bring a hooker with you to jam mags and talk dirty to you while you are waiting. 

 

Taran, is that you?


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Posted 26 February 2018 - 11:02 AM

This is all good stuff for USPSA. I guess it's harder for me in Steel Challenge. There isn't a lot of "work" to do. Just lots of time. Turning the match focus on and off is an area I want to improve.

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Posted 26 February 2018 - 11:32 AM

Bring a GameBoy or your dog and play with those if you're not talkative.

 

Or switch to USPSA or darts or something if you find it so boring that you can't focus for a few hours.

 

I've never shot a full steel challenge match but between shooting the shit with people, doing RO work here and there, wrasslin' the dog, surfing the web on my phone, loading mags, and filling my face with whatever food is available it's not hard to stay active. Hell, go for a jog or a nap if you need to.






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