## Tuesday, January 20, 2009

### Calculating a Problem

Another round and a half on Saturday. Started my first warm up end with a 28, so things looked pretty good. Then I started scoring, and things looked a little more normal.

Here were my first 6 ends:

 End # End Score Running Total Compared to 25 Pace 1 22 22 -3 2 25 47 -3 3 28 75 0 4 25 100 0 5 24 124 -1 6 26 150 0

So I'm doing pretty well through 6 ends. Every time I fell behind pace, I was able to catch up. That's when things, for reasons unexplained, started to fall apart.

 7 16 166 -9 8 26 192 -8 9 19 211 -14 10 25 236 -14

So somewhere between ends 6 and 7 (during which I did not take a break), everything just fell went downhill. No idea why. Sometimes things like that happen, I guess.

 1 24 24 -1 2 22 46 -4 3 20 66 -9 4 21 87 -13 5 23 110 -15

Trying to keep my shoulder strength up, I shot another half round as I slowly make my way back to a full tournament double.

Not the best 5 ends I've ever put together, but for numbers 11-15 on the day, it certainly could have been worse.

After shooting, I was sitting around talking with the guys at the range, and one thought is that keeping track of the numbers on the fly may be causing me to over think my shots and thereby throwing me off. I should probably note here, that when I'm scoring at the range I don't keep track of the pace. That was something I did after I was finished. I do keep track of the individual ends and the running total, though. So, to counteract the problem, I think I will just keep track of the individual ends. If I get my stuff together, I'll make a score sheet and just keep track of the individual arrows, but that's not going to work out, I don't think.

Ignoring the running total ought to be enough to at least test the theory. And even though it won't really prove anything (absence of proof is not proof of absence), As long as I get to (or at least get closer to) my goal, I'll (probably) be happy.