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  1. Made it to the health club

    by , 12-20-2011 at 04:47 PM
    It's been a couple of months since I did my weight routine. As usual when I come back, I deliberately went lighter, but I felt as if I could have lifted my normal weights. However, I could feel the ache with the right arm and wrist. I am having routine tingling in the heel of my hand, especially if I press on the part of my wrist where the penetration occurred, and I still don't have sensation in the one spot at the base of my thumb.

    I also did a half an hour on the treadmill. ...
  2. Winter break

    by , 12-19-2011 at 10:33 PM
    It was decently busy tonight--Jessi1, Tom, Mike, and qatet were there, as well as Meredith, though I didn't get to fence Meredith. She tells me she loves Oregon and has earned her C.

    I did a half hour of footwork before suiting up because am really really really out of shape. Then qatet and I did drills. It was just great - we did David Mandell's old partner drills. Attack to head with advance lunge, then parry riposte, then cut to any target with parry riposte, then counter-attack. ...
  3. Well that was friggin' FUN!

    by , 12-18-2011 at 09:01 PM
    My first tournament is in the history books. I learned a ton, and have added quite a few items to the list of things that I need to improve.

    There were 9 fencers total, so everyone had 8 five touch bouts. Each of the opponents fenced in a unique style, and I immensely enjoyed the challange of adjusting my game.

    The last bout of the day was me vs. Coty Lineweaver, a fencer off to a very good beginning from CACC. I was able to tie it up, and we went into the extra minute. ...
  4. Footwork bit

    by , 12-17-2011 at 09:04 PM
    Cindy Bent Findlay asked me to contribute a footwork drill, and it's in the current issue. I felt kind of at a loss when she asked. What is a footwork drill? I do have about a half hour footwork practice that I do, when I'm in shape which I am not right now, but it seemed silly to just give her my list. I figured I would write up some basic "off-the-line" drills that are part of what I do and explain why I do them. It isn't sufficient, and it isn't complete, and when I re-read it, it seems awfully ...
  5. Novice tournament tomorrow.

    by , 12-17-2011 at 11:44 AM
    6 months of classes, workouts and thinking about fencing have lead up to me preregisterd for tomorrow's novice foil tournament at FAP.
    I'm terribly excited.
    I've read a lot of the advice for new competetors (thanks,!), and don't think I'll screw the between bout stuff up to badly.
    It's not so much about the winning or losing, but I want to execute well on the strip. Since coach Nick said "Go fence" a couple weeks ago, I've been bouting as often as possible, beginning ...

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