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  1. Awesomeness

    by , Today 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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  2. Learning a new move, and learning I can't use it

    by , Today 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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  3. 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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  4. Diagnosis Dallas

    by , 11-11-2014 at 12:41 PM
    The original plan was to avoid the doctor's office until AFTER Dallas but I'm stubborn, not stupid. Thus, I had an appointment this morning that confirmed my suspicions. Shoulder tendonitis. Tennis elbow. Nothing really bad yet but I do need to give my body some rest.

    Part of the problem is fencing and part of the problem is some work-related responsibilities. However, the biggest problem is that I'm not 15 anymore. Older bodies are a little more fragile and need a little more ...
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  5. A shiny isn't quite big enough for a martini coaster

    by , 11-09-2014 at 12:31 AM
    Between the teen and ref stuff, I havenít said much about my own fencing lately. Iíve spent most of the fall nicked up one way or another: mainly a patellofemoral pain that started up on the drive home from vacation in August and didnít clear up in the succeeding weeks. I finally saw the doctor and got x-rays to rule out arthritis and advice to hit the ibuprofen with gusto to try and knock down any inflammation. The good thing was that the pain only occurred when I was sitting still, and walking ...
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