Because I don't want to be the best fencer who didn't eat breakfast, or the best fencer who couldn't sleep the night before. I want to be the best fencer, and that requires attention to detail.
One thing I've found is that I come home from tournaments eager to get back to work, and I got a great night of it.
Monday foil class, ultimately 10 (wow!), four advanced, two intermediates, and four new beginners (I think - it's hard to count people while they're moving).
Class split after stretches, and we continued with warming up footwork related to attack in prep. Parry with the back foot of the advance. Half advance with threat, retreat with parry riposte. These
I hauled my stuff to practice tonight. It was good to be back. Abouttothunder, Bridget, Nathaniel, Nick, and Franz were there, and Phil had just come back from the Guth/Ochocki/Gunter clinic with some very good stuff in his notes. He had us doing some nice footwork patterns in class, and a couple of useful pair drills. Everything really clicked for me. He said it was a very good clinic and he got a lot out of it.
I bouted with abouttothunder, Will, Nick, Bridget, and Franz, and
A few weeks ago I had an issue in that after fencing I had this dark line in my vision with a bunch of cobwebby stuff flopping about attached to it that popped into my right eye and wouldn't go away.
I went to the emergency room to be on the safe side to make sure I wasn't getting a torn retina or something and it turned out it was basically this huge floater thing and while annoying it wasn't a real danger.
The bill for being told not to worry about it was pretty steep.
The last time I did this event was 2005, I found out when they brought out the trophies, because my name was on the trophy as the woman winner that year. I remember that one well, because I was fencing Steve Heck in the gold medal bout then, and our referee, a mutual acquaintance and a veteran fencer himself, decided to go strip coach Steve at the five touch break. Steve went on to win after that.
I haven't really fenced (Matt Cox's referee clinic doesn't count) since Bulgaria, and