Day 1 – Veterans Mixed Epee
There were only 7 competitors this year. That’s sad – down from something like 16 two years ago and 12 last year. I wonder if they will include this event again next year.
I fenced the pools finishing 5th out of 7. My wins/losses were about what I expected them to be. I won one bout on time – I was up 4-1 and my opponent staged a comeback, so leading by only one touché, I burned 2 minutes of time to win the
1. W/blades engaged, M pushes, S pushes back, using fingers only. M releases blade, S cuts head (w/ advance or lunge if needed). Standing, then following distance. Eventually, M cuts flank after S headcut, S parry 3, riposte.
2. Close distance, M taps S's blade, S taps back, in 3 or in 4 (back edge). As above.
3a. S bind 4, feint head w/ advance, cut flank w/lunge.
3b. S bind counter 3, feint flank w/advance, cut head w/lunge.
The headache is gone, although I'm still occasionally seeing those little blobs of light in front of my eyes. Years ago, that used to accompany pain so severe that I couldn't function. Today, fortunately, it's just a little problem that lasts about as long as it takes my eyes to adjust to fluroscent lighting (at the gym).
Today was a lower body workout day and I put in 30 minutes on the ET, did three sets of 25 on sitting leg press and leg extension, and then moved to the weight room
I have been writing my doctors to get permission to fence this weekend and this is what I got from my neuro:
In a follow up e-mail to a question of mine I got this;
My guy here wants Spetzler to look at it because of its proximity to the bypass. If the bypass is disrupted it could kill me. So he wants “the Master” to do the surgery if it is required. He does not think the surgery would be as radical as the last time. I already have enough
I went in fairly late because I've learned the sabre fencers just don't show up that early these days and Jessi and Kiersten are at the NAC. I did twenty minutes of yoga because I've been having problems in my lower back/upper rear end, but it didn't help much. Mike, little Michelle, and Meng arrived (Alexei came later) and I fenced Mike for a while, but the pain was annoying me and messing with my footwork, so we drilled a little. I fenced Michelle and it was still bothering me, so after that