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Training Wreck 10/29

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Atarangi: Should I join the practice lineup, Sir Thorn? Obviously I wouldn’t hold a crossbow, but if you want to see my aim —

Thorn: No need, Atarangi. We’re supposed to leave this place as we found it. That means not obliterating the targets.

. . .

. . . But while we talk, show me how many push-ups you can do.

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Well, I guess that’s one potential bonus to using crossbows. You aren’t patching and remaking targets after every damn range.

I’ve never really thought about that.
Just for comparison:
My archery club has to re-pack the target butts(that is, the backstop that you hang targets on) roughly every other year. As the range in question is open 24/7 to members, I can only begin to estimate how many rounds of use they see per year.
Some of our ‘reusable’ targets have been around for nearly a decade now. We essentially replace their 8/10/X ring quarterly, as we only use those target faces 3 months out of the year. They see upwards of 20000 arrows JUST from the thirty to forty league members in those twelve weeks.
The target archer’s targets have to be replaced every 100 shots or so, as they obliterate the ten-ring.

Additional details courtesy of my father: Our target butts are meant to withstand ~300 grain(0.68oz/19.43g) arrows traveling at 325 feet per second(221.59 mph/356.62 kmh). Most crossbows fire 400gr(0.91oz/25.91g) projectiles at 400 f/s(272.72mph/438.91 kmh).

Ah, pushups. The bane of my existence.
I don’t think I’ve ever been able to do a proper one, even when I was a kid. I distinctly recall belly flops every time I try to remember a pushup.

I haven’t had a lot to do with this sort of exercise. I only attended public school in 3rd and 4th grades so that’s when I had to do the Presidential Physical Fitness test. My bane was chin-ups… I think hanging from the monkey bars? My best score was about 1.

Oh, those are also really hard. But I was actually able to do them at one point, before I turned into an underweight, muscle-less stick, so I don’t think they count as a bane.

… if we’re counting everything I can’t do NOW, that’s a painfully long list.

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