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  1. Learning a new move, and learning I can't use it

    by , 11-20-2014 at 11:49 PM
    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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  2. Good First Full Season Back (So far).

    by , 11-17-2014 at 11:12 AM
    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 ...
  3. Diagnosis Dallas

    by , 11-11-2014 at 11:41 AM
    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 ...
  4. A shiny isn't quite big enough for a martini coaster

    by , 11-08-2014 at 11:31 PM
    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 ...
  5. Life is Pain, Princess

    by , 11-05-2014 at 11:50 AM
    And anyone who says differently is trying to sell you something.

    Probably Biofreeze.

    I have invested in 6 containers thus far and only one of them has an applicator so I can apply Biofreeze without getting any on my fingers before putting in or taking out my contacts. Note to the novices: Never apply Biofreeze first and THEN touch your eye.

    The pinched nerve problem is mostly resolved but at the expense of irritating the old rotor cuff problem, which ...

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