This was my second Area 5 match. Last year when I shot this match it was only my 2nd major USPSA match. I don't have that many more major matches under my belt now, but I've had enough not to be trembling like a leaf in the wind on the first stage of A5.
The word for me in preparation for this match was "control." Not speed. Not just accuracy. Control. I think I achieved my goal. It was a controlled match. I wasn't out-of-control fast like I sometimes am. In fact, I was a bit too slow this time. But, hey, I can speed up now that I know I can shoot a big match like this without a mike on every other stage.
Last year I was 30th overall in production (out of 95 shooters). This year I was 18th out of 83.
I screwed up two stages; both of them had to do with hitting steel poppers. There were a ton of poppers in this match. And 25% of the metric targets were covered to some degree with no-shoots. Lot's of risky shots in this match. And like every match that Ray Hirst designs there were tons of hidden targets. I saw a lot of shooters blow by targets without even realizing what they did.
I have two videos. Both of them are from stages that I didn't do very well on. Sigh.
Here's the matchbook.
Here are the combined results.
Oh, one more little thing. A little thing that can become a big thing. On two separate stages my foot slid over the fault line and I had to take the time to step back within the bounds of the shooting area. After the second incident I figured out what happened. In both cases rocks had piled up next to and over the wood that marked the fault line. So when I ran up to the edge and put my foot down, expecting my shoe to encounter the fault-line board and stop, instead my shoe slid right over the board because of the rocks. After that I started clearing away the rocks at my anticipated shooting position on every stage before the start signal.