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  1. Preparing for Vet Worlds part 2

    by , 07-09-2014 at 09:04 AM
    With SN just over, now I have time to think. Often, in previous years, some of the paperwork was handed out to the qualifiers who were at SN, but last year most of that content was finally put on a web link, and everybody a the National Office who was just at that marathon in Columbus is wandering around this week blank-eyed, dealing with the after-effects of SN, or else on vacation. If you're on the team, you'll get an e-mail pretty soon. But with a little over three months to go, here's some ...

    Updated 07-09-2014 at 09:12 AM by Peach

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  2. Training Monday

    by , 07-08-2014 at 05:26 AM
    Pilates followed by almost an hour on the exercycle followed by 20 minutes in the hot tub doing leg and elbow exercises. Yes, I know most people consider a hot tub the place to relax but the pool is too deep for me to do the leg stretches that I want to do in the water and the left knee hasn't been good enough to do this on dry land since 2005. I cal stretch the left and sit back on the right but I cannot reverse that and keep good form. Yet. After years of working on this in the hot tub, I'm ...
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  3. Ice, Baby Ice... and Aleve... and Excedrin

    by , 07-06-2014 at 10:54 AM
    Day 4 of caffeine detox. This time, I fell off the wagon when I returned to work and had a long drive and thought 2 bottles of Diet Coke a day would NOT lead to bad withdrawal symptoms.

    Yeah. Go ahead. Laugh at me. I should have known better.

    The knee is not swollen but it still feels like someone had been hitting the front of it with a rubber mallet so I'm continuing to ice, rest, elevate, and Aleve it. I've also gone through my vast collection of braces (I am ...
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  4. Making book

    by , 07-05-2014 at 08:42 PM
    My blank pages book in which I kept my post-lesson notes is literally falling apart so I've been working on compiling them into a more logical format.

    Alas, this is not going well. Fiction stories have a beginning and a middle and an end (although the beginning might be told in the middle as a flashback and... oh, never mind).

    I've tried to find logical ways to organize this. [Why are you laughing?]
    I bought a small notebook and some tab sheet and divided this ...
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  5. Dumb (temporarily I hope)

    by , 07-03-2014 at 11:23 PM
    Experts say that fine wines often go through a period where they taste “shut down” and “dumb” for a time after they are bottled. I think both my fencing and my refereeing are going through that phase at the moment.

    It's really obvious in my (fencing) refereeing. A few weeks ago, I realized I needed to focus on and clean up my mechanics, particularly the signals, if I’m going to work anything more than club tournaments. Up until now, my calls have been OK, but my signaling has ...
    Tags: novices, refs, vets
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