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  1. T-11 Days (or 7 Practices....but who is counting)

    by , 08-08-2014 at 11:29 AM
    Until leaving for Pan Am. The past two weeks, I had been struggeling to get back to my game. I had been trhowing out a lot of attacks, and pushing way to much. My coach had noticed this and after practice a week ago, commented "we need to get you back into your game". Wow, wake up call. Over the past week as I drove to practice I had to 'program' my self to 'stick to your game'. I would say, it has worked. Things have started to fall back in line, and just in time too. I am also putting ...
  2. Notes 02 Aug 2014 : Games

    by , 08-02-2014 at 04:29 PM
    Some games

    "Liberated" the lunge-glove game from Peach's blog. Modified it that if the glove makes it over the line, in this case an aerobic step-riser, the team gets one point. If the other team member catches it using a lunge, they get two points. First team to 20 wins. The kids had fun and their lunges improved. Both fencers start with the back of their front foot on en-guarde line and the riser is in the middle.

    Also had them do distance glove-ball catch. Both fencers ...
    Tags: game, games
  3. Lioness and zebra

    by , 08-01-2014 at 04:06 PM
    I scratched from vet class Wednesday to let the ankle heal, but since I had to take my son up to the club, I practiced yesterday. Took it very gently: while Ive been walking on it OK all week, the ankle is still swollen and tender. So we did just a little footwork to warm up and remind us of our errors in form, and then did bladework the rest of the class. It turned out to be productive in more than one way.

    I think it was Peach who mentioned taking an action away as a practice ...
    Tags: injury, novices, vets
  4. Notes 29 July 2014 : Missed a good one

    by , 07-29-2014 at 11:13 PM
    Saw the foot MD on Saturday. After poking and prodding, then pulling white gunk out of the toe joint (tophus; pl: tophi), he figures at the ripe age of 44, I am the happy winner of Gout. He took some samples and had me go for blood-work, but he's pretty confident.

    We talked a bit about what could bring on a flare-up so rapidly. Eventually we settled on this set of unfortunate events: A fresh case of dark lager, a salmon and shrimp dinner and stressing the toe joint by playing in the ...
  5. Another Saturday Practice

    by , 07-29-2014 at 03:36 PM
    My last practice of each week is a Saturday morning practice session at my club. Most of us arrive between 10:30 and 11 am. We will usually practice for a solide 1.5 to 2 hrs. We started with 4 of us there but wound up with 6 or 7. Again, keeping with my 'tournament prep', I kept with the same format I have been for the past week or so. Each opponent that steps on strip is fenced for two bouts (1x5 touch and 1x 10 touch). I have been keeping up with my 'stick to your game' mantra, and not ...

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