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  1. Notes 25 Dec 2014 – Liberty Christmas Eve Double Header

    by , 12-25-2014 at 08:41 PM
    Attended the Liberty Fencing Club Christmas Eve Foil and Epee event. Last year, I only went to the Foil so I could make it to church. This year, we planned on a later service so I came for both.

    Link: https://askfred.net/Results/results....ament_id=27002

    Saw good fencing friends there, who were all happy to stab me.

    Foil in the morning. Ten competitors so they broke into two pools of five, which is good. They also planned for two rounds of pools, ...
  2. The body is falling apart

    by , 12-24-2014 at 09:58 AM
    I still have occasional reminders that the back is not completely healed and the tendonitis in the shoulder and elbow area are not healing well at all but I went back to practice on Saturday because I was going stir crazy and packing on weight. I kid you not, I'm at a point where I can zip up my knickers but NOT fasten the top flap.

    For practice, I'm using the elbow brace AND a wrist brace on the theory that limiting my actions will reduce the likelihood that I'll make this worse. ...
  3. 3-1

    by , 12-23-2014 at 03:40 PM
    Friday all-weapon practice: smaller than usual since the college kids have gone home. Coach decides to work on tactics rather than bladework: divides us into two groups and starts us bouting. Except every bout starts with the 1s leading the 2s 3 to 1. I immediately grasped the situation, but the teen didn’t.

    I ask him: “what’s the point of this drill?” He replied he didn’t know. I then asked: “is a double touch good for you or bad for you?” He answered “bad.” He clearly didn’t ...
    Tags: novices
  4. Notes 23 Dec 2014 – Ending a Season

    by , 12-23-2014 at 07:09 AM
    We had the final Fencing I and Fencing II events at the Y last Friday. They went well, moved four from Fencing I to II and it looks like six from Fencing II to III and I think that Mark will be promoting four from Fencing III to Club. We start again on January 9th with a new crop of Fencing I and January 11th for Club. The Adult fencing on Tuesday nights is still going, and we may have new members.

    Upcoming tournaments
    • Dec 24th at Liberty for their Chinese Food Open. I went
  5. Day #8 - Growing gills

    by , 12-18-2014 at 11:51 AM
    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 ...

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