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  1. OBX and the trip to my backyard

    by , 11-09-2008 at 07:28 PM
    I woke up around dawn this morning, and one of the first things I saw was a pod of dolphins in the horizon. It was great, and the only thing that could have topped that was to have seen whale surfacing or a bobcat, as my classmate did.
    This weekend was interesting. I had a class field trip for my field zoology class, and we found out my professor is a pretty enthusiastic birder. That was redundant. I don't know any birders who aren't enthusiastic about birding. Strained eyes, low power zoom, ...
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  2. Sunday

    by , 11-09-2008 at 07:26 PM
    Saturday, I had a mild headache and felt like crawling into a cave and not venturing out until Spring. Today, I forced myself to go to the gym where I put in my usual 30 minutes on the ET and then did 3 sets of 25 lbs. on the seated leg press followed by 3 sets of leg extensions and 3 sets of reclining leg press at 90lbs.

    It's not much but it's a start back into the old routine.

    Tongiht, I still feel lethargic but the headache is not quite as bad.

    I've also ...
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  3. Pushing back

    by , 11-07-2008 at 10:25 AM
    This weekend, I pledge to de-tox and to stay away from M&Ms and Diet Coke until after Colorado Springs. I'm staing this publicly as that usually helps me keep my committments. [It's known as shaming myself into doing the right thing.]

    The Pilate instructor is out and I find that I'm slacking off too much so my next committment is to start/resume tracking my time and efforts. Again, this is a matter of shaming myself into doing the right thing.

    Tracking my activities ...
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  4. New way of thinking tactically (for me)

    by , 11-06-2008 at 12:37 PM
    I've been too lazy about writing in my blog lately... lot of personal stuff going on.

    Anyway, this is something I've been toying with for a few weeks now in my head, and a bit when giving advice to fencers (all three weapons):

    When a fencer has trouble defeating a certain action the opponent does, I'm separating my advice into one of three paths: score before their action occurs, score while it's occurring, and score after it occurred. Here are a few examples of the type ...
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  5. Houston, we have a group....

    by , 11-06-2008 at 05:53 AM (My training log)
    I fenced last Wednesday and yesterday in Mannheim.

    Last week, it was the holidays, so we had the hall almost entirely to ourselves. AL, NH and a new fencer, whom I shall call LZ were present. LZ is an exchange student from China, who is at an intermediate level, but is learning fast. We drilled and then fenced round robins for about 90 minutes. Not bad, but I really feel the lack of leg strength after months where my primary exercise has been walking the dogs.

    Yesterday, ...
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