I have a self-imposed ban on 38s during practice this week, because I slightly tweaked my shoulder and don't want to make it worse. This caused me to put together a couple of sets last night that were unlike anything I've done before:
set 1: 28, 32, 35, 35, 35, 35, 32
set 2: 28, 28, 32, 32, 35, 35
(All passes successful.)
It's really rare for me to repeat 35 -- I always want to take a shot at 38! I'm nearly certain I had never previously run three back-to-back-to-back, much less the four I did in that first set. Another thing I had almost-definitely never done before was run six 35s in one day. But I'm at a stage now where I can practice things and learn from 35s, and where I *can* attempt them repeatedly and expect to make essentially all of them. It also allows me to build strength that I can use at 38, whereas repeated 38 attempts usually mix in some 1-3 scores and so aren't the same type of workout.
Plus, I had a variety of "interesting" challenges, like a shifting cross-wind and whacky lighting changes (storm on the way), weeds all over my handle one time, and backwash (especially in the second set as we hit a patch of dead calm in the middle of the storms). Getting all those 35s with all those factors has got to be helpful somehow, right!?
I need to find the patience to do some more sets like that. Getting really freakin' comfortable at 35 may be the key to finally completing more 38s.
Do others do things like this? How often? What do you feel are the benefits?
Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan