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  1. Day #8 - Growing gills

    by , 12-18-2014 at 12:51 PM
    Thus far, I have spent so much time in the water at the gym that I expect to grow gills soon.

    I have concluded that lunging in the water is a very bad drill. Yes, the resistance forces me to push off harder. However, that same resistance also means that I've created an artificial environment that is nothing like a piste (I hope it's never that wet on a piste). Since my upper body is out of the water (no gills yet), I'm off-balance in a way that I will (hopefully) never be on ...
  2. Life Without Fencing

    by , 12-15-2014 at 10:52 AM
    Five days thus far.

    I'd gained far too much weight before the NAC and I note that I need to stay inside a narrow range 5-lb range as above or below that range leads to various types of health issues. Too much = back problems where I have to roll out of bed onto the floor and crawl my way up the bed to stand up. Too little = lethargic, weak-willed, brainless old woman walking into walls syndrome. There IS such a thing as being too thin. I'd not had the opportunity to explore ...
  3. Notes 12 Dec 2014 - The "F word"

    by , 12-12-2014 at 09:21 PM
    Interesting setup in the Fencing I class of four students. One is a very athletic, younger fencer whos apt to not pay attention but wants to move. Hes got a great parry, a lacking riposte, and a good sense of distance. If he hangs in there, hes going to be tough to beat.

    Were playing Goblin King. Hes the Challenger (1 life) while the GK has both lives. Im reffing, and say on-guard, ready and then Gifted comes in with a great beat-attack. I call Halt! to stop. Stern look at ...
  4. Fencing Break Day #2

    by , 12-11-2014 at 10:03 PM
    Work, followed by exercise at the local wellness center.

    60+ minutes on the stationary bike
    Into the weight room for some shoulder exercises
    Using bungee cord tied to stand
    Stand to left and pull from right to left 15 times; turn and
    Stand to right and pull from left to right 15 times
    Using 4 lb weight
    Raise to side shoulder high and down 15 times
    Raise above my head, straight up, 15 times
  5. Post-mortem

    by , 12-10-2014 at 10:30 PM
    E and under epee 12/7

    Some days just dont go well. I fenced my good bouts against the fencers I had little chance of beating, and the not-so-good bouts in winnable situations. There were only a couple of bouts where I felt I had control of distance and tempo, which is something I need to have.

    First bout, against the other lefty, who I beat 5-4 in the summer, I started with a nice change of line and landed a solid touch that didnt register. I called for a test, ...
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