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  1. Ballet and Mojo

    by , 11-14-2008 at 12:45 PM
    My ballet instructor lived on the vinegar diet when she needed to lose weight, put quarters down her butt and in her bun to pass the scale, and did lots of crazy things in general that would have put some wrestlers to shame. By the time she was forty, she looked like sixty. She ran a prestigious company, and most of the girls were expected, at minimum to go to the California schools to continue their training. If she knew you had money, then you were expected to fly out to New York or Chicago to ...
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  2. It's official...

    by , 11-14-2008 at 07:14 AM
    Well, time for an update, and I do apologise if this kinda goes off on a tangent or twenty, as I find it really hard to talk about my thoughts and feelings.

    After moving back to my old place of work, and rejecting a nice pay rise, I went out for the leaving night out for one of the assistant managers. Got accused of something by someone who should know better, and got a bit of a beating for it. Net result is, due to a reaction to the head injuries I received, I went a bit nuts, then ...
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  3. NAC C - 29 days and counting

    by , 11-13-2008 at 10:12 AM
    Wednesday is Pilates Reformer day which means I left work and went directly to the gym, used the ET to warm up and then had a 1 hour Pilate Reformer session with two other women (because it costs less). Since the spouse is vacationing elsewhere, I stayed behind to do some OT exercises before going home, eating quickly, and heading to fencing.

    We have some female beginner sabre fencers and I hope they continue. I fenced with one of these and pinned down every teenage male fencer ...
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  4. Synchronized Swimming

    by , 11-13-2008 at 06:30 AM (My training log)
    Title has nothing to do with anything--I just needed a title.

    Fencing last night in Mannheim. Me and LZ.

    Warmed up with some dynamic stretching, followed by my regular static stretching routine. Dynamic stretching turns out to be nothing more than the kind of calisthenic exercises that a couple of my Eastern European coaches have been requiring for years. I find it enjoyable and a good warm up for the static stretches.

    Haven't read the research on static ...
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  5. Variety

    by , 11-12-2008 at 05:47 PM
    I came to a conclusion today, I don't have much time so this is going to be brief. Good technique does not mean doing thing one way or the 'proper' way, or the way that the champions do it. Good technique means variety, not of only being able to change strokes for tactics but also more simply for being able to change the execution of a fencing action based on what you and your opponent are doing.
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