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  1. Why strip coaching?

    by , 03-26-2012 at 11:36 PM
    I ached last night. I wasn't stiff. I just ached. Three full hours of full-on training takes its toll, especially when bracketed by an hour-and-a-half drive each way.

    My husband gave me a certificate for a massage for Christmas, so I redeemed it today, and left feeling thoroughly unfocused. I felt good enough to go to fencing tonight - Will, qatet, Simon, and Alex the foilist were there. Will took the referee test and passed, and it seemed like a real positive step for him, ...
  2. Sunday night in NJ

    by , 03-25-2012 at 11:39 PM
    I'm on spring break, so I drove up to Tomasz Stusinski's club, which meets at Medeo on Sunday nights. I kept up better than usual with the footwork, and fenced pretty much everyone. My two losses were to Jonathan and Steve D at the end of the evening. Though it was a long night - 6:30 to about 9:45 - I felt pretty healthy except for a tendency to get calf cramps.
  3. How far? Just far enough.

    by , 03-22-2012 at 04:23 PM
    The new kid was ready, so I tested him on the parts of the weapon. He didn't get them right, so I made him go through it several times and then told him to do ten push-ups for getting it wrong and gave him a weapon. He's pretty coordinated so I think I can get him up to speed.

    I gave the boys a quick lecture on distance, emphasizing that in order to hit with your attack, you have to be close enough to hit. I gave them a quick line lesson with push-pull, so that they would hit when ...
  4. here's your whites, here's your mask, here's your glove, this is how you hold it

    by , 03-21-2012 at 09:39 PM
    Back two days and I'm a week behind . . . my fencing curriculum suffers from last-minute-itis as it is, but having a 45-minute window 5 days a week tends to bring out the worst in me. Today I got a new fencer - a sixth grader who plays baseball outside school and decided that playing sixth grade baseball too was overkill. He's a lanky laconic kid, who gives the impression that he's too cool for everything but who in fact is sensitive and a little insecure. However, he's very coordinated and he ...

    Updated 03-21-2012 at 10:18 PM by Peach

  5. Vet combined so far

    by , 03-19-2012 at 02:28 PM
    Seeded third behind O'Leary and Eyre. Pool of five: Wilson, Lince, Hine, DeRose. Lost to DeRose 5-5. Hate fencing. More later.

    Bye into 16, fenced DeRose, fenced Hine, fenced Eyre, lost 8-10 to finish 3rd. Everything I planned to work on, I did. Small first step, stay upright, don't turn around, use most of strip. Feel okay. Don't hate fencing.

    Updated 03-19-2012 at 07:04 PM by Peach


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