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  1. Preparing for Vet Worlds Part 6 - Being a team member

    by , 07-24-2014 at 12:47 AM
    You've been fencing against your US veteran opponents all year. You fought hard to defeat them, and spent considerable time and effort thinking about their styles, their weaknesses, and the things you can do to beat them. Those people, especially the best fencers, were your targets. Your problems. Your enemies. Now they're your teammates.

    I have a picture somewhere of my first official Vet Worlds Category A women's sabre team, all of us in our black warm-ups, smiling at the camera. ...

    Updated 07-24-2014 at 02:43 AM by Peach

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  2. Taking the show on the road

    by , 07-23-2014 at 04:18 PM
    [update: my hip feels fine now, but the puck bruise is big as my fist now, and it was really colorful yesterday--red and deep purple, with some green and yellow around the edges. Looks like a bad tattoo]

    As I mentioned earlier, I fenced the Lehigh Valley Sportsfest this past weekend, and it was a great opportunity to showcase the sport in front of thousands of people who may never have seen fencing before. Every club ought to try and commit to doing one of these exhibitions in their ...
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  3. Competitive Training

    by , 07-23-2014 at 10:09 AM
    Well I am training for the Pan Ams and have moved from the general fencing part of my regime to purely competitive bouting training. I have written about this before, but this is basically a short time before a tournament that I am specifically training for (usually ROC/NAC/SN), I will stop 'general practice' where I may be working on a tactic/action or just general fencing, and begin to strictly working on 'fencing to win', competitive mindset, and generally 'going for broke' and doing what I ...
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  4. Food

    by , 07-21-2014 at 05:32 AM
    I may have to start keeping a log of what I'm eating to get myself back on track to a proper diet.

    I've noticed that I can feel the weight before it shows up on the scales. I'll feel "off" when I've been eating junk food and I took a small vacation from healthy eating to indulge in things I stopped eating long ago. No ice cream, but I did have sweet pickles, corn chips & dip, and other food that are normally excluded form my diet.

    It's the sweet pickles that did ...
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  5. Joyful noise

    by , 07-20-2014 at 11:28 PM
    Well that was a successful day. Peach put on a clinic, the kids got plenty of action, the quality of fencing in the open was excellent, all the teams won at least one match, and I think everyone went home happy.

    If you didn't stick around for the team event, you missed a lot of fun. You know sabers make a lot of noise: multiply it by three and you're still not up to a team match, since the teammates (many of whom wouldn't yell if they were fencing an individual bout) yell just ...
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