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Tribesports User of the Week: Joanne H


Posted by Joanne H under Archery on 24 July 2014 at 11:00 PM

Joanne ArcheryWhich Tribesports Challenge has been your toughest and which are you most proud of?

The toughest was probably Run Your First Half Marathon.  If I'm honest I didn't train anywhere near enough so it was a real struggle. Unfortunately the route wasn't spectator friendly either. There were only a few people on the course so no crowd support to egg me on. 

The one I'm most proud of is probably Tough Mudder 2013.  I'm afraid of spiders, water, heights and fire and I'm not that keen on electricity.  As I'm sure most of you know the only thing that isn't included in a Tough Mudder course is spiders so this was a real challenge.  Even obstacles that seem easy to most people - cage crawl for example where you have to float backwards in water under a metal cage - took a big mental as well as physical effort.

Tough Mudder

Where in the world would you most like to complete a Challenge?

Hmm...There are so many places in the world to choose from...Do I pick somewhere unique like Tuvalu, in danger of being swallowed by the sea or somewhere sports mad like Australia...hmm.  Do you know what when it comes to it I think I've got to stick close to home.  On my challenge list are Climb Snowdon and Pen-Y-Fan.  The highest mountain in Wales and the highest in Southern Britain.  Two places that I've always wanted to go.

Which piece of Tribesports Performance Wear is your favorite?

I've got quite a few pieces now and I wasn't sure if I'd be able to pick a favourite.  Yesterday though I had a lovely delivery that included the 2-in-1 shorts.  I tried them out today and I love them.  I'm looking forward to getting a few more colours to add to my collection.

How did you first get into archery?

Like a lot of children, I used to pester my parents to let me try archery whenever we saw it at a country fair.  I was working at a country park as part of my uni course, next to the information tent I was manning at the show was the archery have-a-go stand.  Well the only thing that changed was that this time I had to pay for my own arrows!  After that I decided to do a beginners course at my local club and joined straight after.  


My uni had an archery club that I was able to join when I went back which I ended up as president of.  In my first full club session in charge we had a have-a-go for the students.  The same night we had a visit from Rei Kalmaru, the Chairman of the county archery association.  I think he was a bit surprised to see 150 students lining up for what turned out to be a very brief go.  Luckily he agreed to coach the club and has become my personal coach.  

Women's championI'm now a member of The Castle Archers in Newcastle Emlyn and have represented the county of Dyfed on a number of occasions. 

How does your other training help your shooting?

Massively!  A lot of people look at archers and see people of all shapes and sizes standing there pulling on a bit of string.  While it's true that you don't have to be particularly fit to shoot, fitness is definitely an advantage.

Indoors most competitions are 60 arrows while outdoors they're between 72 and 144.  My bow has got a 35lb draw weight.  That means every time I pull the string, I'm pulling 35lbs.  Strength and stamina are the order of the day!  The higher your draw weight the less the arrows' flight is affected by the wind so if you're fitter and stronger and can manage a stronger bow, you've got an advantage.  Core strength is also really important.  You need good stability to be able to hold your bow arm steady as well as draw your bow.  The elite archers will spend almost as much time in the gym each day as they do on the range.

Joanne H archery

How is your weight training coming along?

Great thanks.  I've started seeing a personal trainer, Gill, and she's able to push me in ways I never could at home.  I'm really enjoying doing weighted squats which is something I've always wanted to try but never felt able to do at home alone.  I've been able to get 30Kg up to head height now and carry 15Kg in each hand the 150m in my goal.  It's all coming along very nicely thank you. 

Which exercise do you find toughest (but kinda love it)?

That's got to be pull ups!  I'm not able to do them unassisted yet.  Gill's got me doing them with resistance bands (started off with three bands, now I'm down to two!) and I'm loving it.  I was just looking at the 31 Day pull up challenge and wondering if I had anything I could use to give me somewhere to do inverted rows.  Only thing I've found is dirty towing rope...

Do you prefer 30 day Challenges or one-offs?

Well I'm not the most consistent person in the world so the 30 day challenges really are a challenge for me.  I've lost count of the number of times I've missed a day and had to restart.  It is quite an achievement when I can press the complete button!  I like the fact that I really have to work at them to complete them although I do miss being able to hit that button.

Which Tribesports users make your day?


@euniceyeo Hardly a training session goes by that isn't encouraged by Eunice.  I really don't know how she keeps up.

It's always good to see people that I followed when I first joined Tribesports that have gone away for some reason and have come back @climbingpanda is no exception!

@vacuumdiagram I couldn't get to this question and not mention my brawd fawr.  My big brother Jonathan.  A couple of years ago he sent me a link on facebook to this website full of challenges and groups called "Tribes" that he thought I might like.  Well he wasn't wrong.  Thanks Jonathan! :-D

What's your favorite quote?

"The harder I work, the luckier I get."

And one from my coach, mentor and friend, Rei:

"Just shoot the shot."