|SSP Division Champion - ME!|
When I am the first shooter on a stage I continue to make dumb mental mistakes. I need to slow down, think about the stage, and ask more questions before I shoot first. On Stage #10 (Stage Coach) I was up first. It wasn't a difficult stage, but there was one pitfall that I didn't even consider because I didn't take the time to think about the stage carefully beforehand. There were 18 threats that were scored best one round on paper. You had to shoot one round in each quickly and accurately. I got 1s and 0s on all but one target. But that 3 down cost me a FTN. When I sat down on the stage coach seat to shoot I didn't even think about the danger of an FTN with one shot on each target. Dumb.
On another stage I dropped a partially loaded magazine just like I was shooting USPSA. The buzzer went off and I forgot I was at an IDPA match. I picked it up and it didn't hurt my time too much. But that was pretty dumb, too. A couple of seconds thrown away for no good reason.
On the positive side, I deliberately tried to slow down a bit on this match. Not much, but enough to work on accuracy since the match itself was filled with targets partially hidden by hardcover. I think it worked. I typically go for speed and suffer a lot of points down. This time I backed off a bit on speed and only got 66 points down for the match. That may sound like a lot, but for this match it was pretty good.
All in all, I don't have much to complain about. Winning my first SSP division champion trophy at a major match was pretty cool. Now I have to decide whether I'm going to keep shooting SSP or switch to another division. Tough choices. Life is rough.