abouttothunder and I agreed that it has already been February for a while. I arrived at fencing in a cruddy mood, did half an hour on the balance board and a little bit of footwork, and taped up my foot. Coach Phil asked us how we were feeling and I answered candidly, "I hate everybody," which startled me because it was basically true. No one in specific, mind you. I pretty much like everyone I know. Just everybody. That's what I mean by February.
The foot was not cooperating
Wednesday foil class, eight (five advanced, one intermediate, and two beginners). Nice to have our head coach back from her travels for a bit.
Drill. False Attack-Real Attack, stationary, ultimately inserted into something like Leader Tag moving down the strip. We played a bit with arm position, pulled back versus almost fully extended. Parries and disengages added for the last iteration. Yeah, the wheels were off by then. But I successfully parried (if hand parries count, and
I am so sick of overcommitting. I need to have shorter 'first steps'.
Mental note: Practice is practice, not competition. Need to stop trying to fence competitively at practice.
1. I have decided to attend two more ROCs before the end of the season. Thankfully they are both relatively close (driving distance). TOP 8 or bust.
2. Currently Ranked 6th on the Vet40 National Points list, with one event left, Summer Nationals.
A Tuesday night chock full of epee.
Fenced 7 or 8. Had some fun. Did some situational stuff, and of course, had a lesson.
Mostly worked on not over committing and defense. I'm discovering how interrelated those 2 elements of the sport really are.
Noteable bouts: Graham W: This was the bout where I really made a concious effort regarding over committment. Just playing the game, not trying to hit with every attack. Parrying an attack rather than countering. Having a
Updated 01-30-2014 at 08:05 AM by jeremyb215
The seasonal affective disorder is starting to wane slightly. I'm not as lethargic, gloomy, and narrow-visioned. The downside is that I have more emotional response available, so my moods are back. I'll take it, however. Yesterday, I actually made some inroads on my to-do list at work. Most of the time in midwinter I'm so overwhelmed with keeping up that I never get to the long-term stuff.
I've also made an appointment for Monday to start the process of dealing with the foot.
Updated 01-29-2014 at 11:56 AM by Peach