I fenced both events in the LFC Epee/Foil Open on Sunday, because Stephanie would only come along if I fenced foil with her.
Epee: Halfway through the first round of pools, they decided to do a second round to give everyone more fencing. With only three pools of 5, I wasn't complaining.
First round of pools: 3-1, +7. Got stuck down 4-1 or 4-2 in my first bout against Yatvitsky because of silly fencing, and had to fence very carefully to bring it back. He's got a
Updated Yesterday at 05:48 PM by sdubinsky
Fenced the open event at home yesterday. Goal was to get at least one bout win and not finish last.
Third pool bout was with another vet. My basic tactic of controlling tempo and distance worked well enough that I could get in for touches, and get a 4-2 lead. All I needed was to get in one more time, get full extension in the lunge, and make sure my point was on target. A double touch would be just fine. I pushed him down the strip, and went for it as soon as I found the opportunity.
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You might enjoy this line I used in that particularly unpleasant hockey game last week... Me: Interference! 16 Green! 16 Green: That's [word you can't use on the fencing strip]! Whad'd'I do??? Me: You want the regular version or super slo-mo?
And I could have given it to him (looking back, I wish he'd asked!), right down to the spot where he changed direction to try and take out the man without the puck. Whatever the sport is, sometimes
After Wednesday's bouting practice with my coach, I sat and thought about what had transpired. The roughly 50 minutes of fencing had not 'gone well' in my opinion. I tried to break down why things hadn't gone better. It didn't take to long to realize why I felt like I had given up so many touches. I simply had not played my game. Don't get me wrong, my coach had changed his game and was trying some new things as part of his own personal preparation for Pan Am, and World Vet Championships.
Quick recap from the last tournament at Liberty in June: I was focusing on distance, so it was good – could be better. This one showed some weaknesses on timing. Epee pool was with some of the toughest competitors, including the Gold and one of the Bronze winners. Didn't win a single thing. In Foil, the hardest part was getting the ref to call RoW my way. I trust the ref's eyes and tried to adjust with minor success.
Worst part was two of my foils failed weights during initial check.