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  1. SN Day Schedule up

    by , 11-26-2014 at 07:59 AM
    The day schedule has been posted.

    The good news: I will not be traveling on the busiest dates

    The bad news: I will need to burn more vacation time than I would like.

    This is the first time since I've started fencing that I've seriously considered skipping the SN. If I am out of range for the team, what does it matter? I would be spending at least $1K to fly in and out to fence one event and I would be burning at least 3 days of vacation. I could ...
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  2. Fat

    by , 11-25-2014 at 12:39 PM
    I've kept a close watch on my waistline for as long as I can remember and I've always tried to keep my weight within a given range for purely health reasons. However, once I go over that upper limit I have an unhealthy tendency to develop a "Who cares?" attitude. Unfortunately, I've slipped a little too close to that cliff and what's worse, I don't CARE!

    I've dieted and exercised all my life and I've reached a point this winter where I'm tired, I'm in pain, and I am tired of giving ...
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  3. Awesomeness

    by , 11-21-2014 at 10:11 AM
    Every once in a while, for no reason in particular, I am overwhelmed with appreciation and respect for the fellow Vet fencers with whom I compete.

    It's a hard path and sometimes I question the sanity of those of us who pursue fencing in our later years and yet... we make the Steel Magnolias look plastic and vulnerable. I look at fencers like Kimberly, who took a broken saber hit to the neck and is still fencing. I look at Ellen, who is fencing better in her 70s than many vets 20 ...
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  4. Learning a new move, and learning I can't use it

    by , 11-21-2014 at 12:49 AM
    Good practice tonight. Hard work, and our foil is back (though she still can't do much bladework due to her elbow injury).

    Using the dummy to work on beats. Lioness building strength, me trying to avoid a hitch. With the dummy blade down a little bit, I'm not controlling the blade like I want. So coach shows me a prime. Great. It's a nice big action and the arm movement is a lot like parrying a hockey stick after you drop the puck--my muscle memory for that one is pretty solid. ...
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  5. Good First Full Season Back (So far).

    by , 11-17-2014 at 12:12 PM
    So I had to take a six year hiatus from fencing (with some all too brief periods of being able to fence with the awesome fencers and coaches up at Salle Auriol) and have started getting back into the swing of things. I have come to the realization that I will likely not be as fast as I used to (except for some short bursts), which will require some tweaking. On the plus side, my stamina and mental game are feeling a lot better and I'm trusting my skill shots more. I've managed to re-earn my A ...
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