It seems fashionable to look down one’s nose at new year’s resolutions and to say “now I’m not one for making resolutions…” But I’m making one, and here goes: I’ve read with envy as Claude Werner writes about his 1,000 Days of Dry Practice. I’d love to commit to any number of consecutive days of dry practice but my travel schedule just doesn’t permit it. I know, for instance, I have 12 days of overseas travel next month and my “record” will get broken then.
I’ve struggled to come up with a meaningful way to show consistent practice over time, coupled with a quantifiable standard. And this is what I’ve come up with: 3,650 minutes of dry practice over the next 365 days. It’s an average of a mere 10 minutes per day. It allows me to miss a day (or 12) and “catch up” but it’s not such a small number that it’s meaningless. Ten minutes a day adds up to almost 61 hours of dry practice, so I can’t wait until December 30th and cram it all in. And, of course, I have free rein to exceed this minimum.
I’m using you guys to hold me accountable. I will post some progress reports throughout the year. I’m shooting for an every Friday post with my progress, but no promises. I’m also going to be posting some articles about dry practice (generally, and with revolvers specifically) in the coming months. In the meantime, if you don’t know anything about dry practice check out my two-part series on Lucky Gunner (Part I, Part II).