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  1. Gaining step balance step retreat parry riposte repeat as needed

    by , 12-28-2011 at 11:29 PM
    I went in early tonight and did a full stretching routine while watching the 2008 Grand Prix bout between Tarantino and Lapkes. It's pretty funny doing yoga stretches while watching sabre.

    I did ten or fifteen minutes of footwork. Even though I did so much aerobic work earlier, being on vacation gives me so much energy! I was also listening to my competition playlist on my iPod, and a couple of the songs really made my footwork much more precise and springy. I'm feeling positively ...

    Updated 12-28-2011 at 11:50 PM by Peach

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  2. Trying to get back into working out

    by , 12-28-2011 at 03:28 PM
    It's been a week and a half, and I've managed to lift twice, once last week and once yesterday. But that's better than nothing. I did two sets of everything, with slightly reduced weights, yesterday, and felt pretty good. My lower back is kinking up a bit from time to time - muscular rather than skeletal, and more of a cramping thing than a stress thing - and because I'm more relaxed I'm noticing the stiff neck more. Since I talked to the chiropractor, I've been trying to keep my chin tucked ...
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  3. Boring Exercise and Training Post

    by , 12-27-2011 at 06:32 PM
    Yesterday, I spent two hours at the gym trying to figure out how to use the new "technology" equipment they've installed. Bah! Humbug!

    [Why isn't there a humming bug emoticon for the humbug?]

    The new ET equipment is more like a standing bicycle with moving handlebars than an ET and the only way I could use it was to move BACKWARDS. When I tried to move forward, it put too much pressure on the knees because the new equipment is angled higher and forces the knees ...
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  4. And more drill

    by , 12-26-2011 at 11:00 PM
    I went in early, around 6:00, and did a good thirty minutes of footwork followed by ten minutes or so of bladework, and did some reverse wrist curls. It was not very busy, and when Frederick arrived I was worried he would be the only sabre fencer, but qatet showed up. We did pair drills for some time, focusing more on the false-real counter-attack and finishing up with chase drills starting at one end, where the attacker had to finish when her opponent was behind her own guard line and before ...
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  5. First time fencing electric and other stuff

    by , 12-26-2011 at 02:44 PM
    Last Thursday's class ended with Eugene and I fencing electric. I enjoyed it so much, I immediately went to Ahren to order a competition kit. It was my first time fencing with a pistol grip, and it will take a bit of getting used to, but I think I'm going to prefer it.

    My Wednesday night workouts have transformed into Wednesday night open bout. There are now 4 of us interemediate fencers showing up, fencing against eachother and whoever else doesn't mind fencing dry (until my new ...
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