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.
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.
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.
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
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, f.net!), 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