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  1. Vet 50-59

    Stretched a lot and then went to the trainer for more stretching. Pools again were 5, with one of the 3 pools flighted. In my pool were Cherye West, Ann Brown, Linda Dunn, and Becky Douville. I haven't fenced Becky for a long while. It was a really good bout. Went 4-0, good indicators, seeded first & had a bye into the 8. Fenced Jeannine Bender, who gave me a strong bout first half. Then Sharol Pestotnik, then big surprise Jane Eyre. Close bout all the way, lost 9-10, and was (after I got ...
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  2. Vet-40 WS

    Didn't get breakfast until late because Ahren was fencing Div I pool. I videotaped him a little so he could see later what he was doing wrong. He settled down after a bit & won a bout.

    Warmed up with Ann Guiliano. 3 pools of 5. Pool was Deb Stopak, Linda Dunn, Kim Klein-Braddock. Miyako beat me 5-4. I beat Linda and Kim 5-4, Deb by a bit more. My sciatic nerve spoke to me repeatedly and I fenced with haste and befuddlement as my primary watchwords. Ahren repeatedly reminded ...
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  3. Brief notes

    The fencing group at school continues to be enthusiastic and smart. I introduced them to "Pirates and Spaniards" yesterday and they loved it, and today I let them sort of bout, and they were very excited. I am short three sabres and will have to buy some cheap ones in Colorado Springs in addition to the ones I am lending from my own collection. Friday they'll go down to a colleague's classroom and hang out.

    I have skipped about the last three Wednesdays because (a) my sciatica was ...
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  4. Children of the Mind

    Calvin was playing in the sandbox one day, and imagined he was once again, Spaceman Spiff, in a sweltering desert, no sign of water or any civilization in sight. Hobbes is nowhere to be found, as usual. As he crawls toward an abstract mesa on the horizon, his mother saves the day with a plate of snacks and lemonade.
    Similarly, the Virginia scene is just as sparse as NC is....with even less of a focus on sabre. If anyone knows of anything in the Richmond area besides RFC, please let me know. ...
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  5. Overall Coaching Outline, Mk 1 (finished)

    I've laid down a lot of different thoughts here, and had others that I haven't really talked much about, so I'm going to try and pull them all together in one little outline to build a summary of what I want to do when coaching. This is largely weapon independent and probably going to need thorough editing and reorganization.

    NOTE: This has been finalized, at least this draft. There's some stuff that I'll be pruning, and I'll also be adding subsections (club culture springs to mind, ...
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