So last night there were two of us in the competitive class our one of our classmates was out on business and worked out at a different club. This meant lots of attention and one on one time. Taking what my coach told me last week I was able to apply it and make it a part of my game within a week. While this is not the norm between last week and yesterday I did a few things that I do believe will make my fencing life easier and progress faster.
1. I mentally trained each day. Each
February came early this year by about 2 weeks. Peach agreed with me. Nice to know Iím not imagining it. Usually I donít feel the malaise and twitchiness that early, but I blame the weather and being sick for a month. I drag myself to fencing and feel better for just walking in the door, but when I hit the floor to train, I get short of breath and my legs burn. Iím getting through class a little better, but I feel like a wimp because the tank is on reserve by the time we get to bouting. Iím reminding
Updated 01-31-2014 at 08:59 AM by abouttothunder
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.