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  1. (For)getting Results

    by , 11-25-2008 at 04:21 AM
    A friend of mine--a former Olympian who has recently become a full-time coach--was lamenting recently that his students (all youth fencers) weren't getting competitive results. Between the pressures from the club owner, his students' parents, and his own pride, he was becoming very frustrated that the group he'd been working with for less than a year wasn't doing well competitively.

    The problem in his thinking was one that is exceedingly common: he was worrying about his results and ...
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  2. 17 days and counting

    by , 11-24-2008 at 08:50 PM
    The day began as it always does with a hot shower followed by knee and elbow exercises and then shoulder exercises. No weights today. A bag of peas on the shoulder and a cup of ice on the elbow for ten minutes before heading to work.

    After work, I went to the gym and did the usual warm-up and then 60 minutes for 4.0 miles on the ET followed by a few crunches while icing the knee for ten minutes. Into the hot tub for the usual bend-the-hand-forward exercises with the newly added bend-the-hand-backward ...
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  3. something into which I can sink my teeth

    by , 11-24-2008 at 03:43 PM (Greybeard's Brain Blog)
    Not my usual whine. Over the weekend my spousal unit and I attended a planning session for the “Walk for Thought,” the fundraiser for the San Diego Brain Injury Foundation. I had to ask about it because some of the walkers will be survivors and aren’t very good on their feet. I asked if the walk was 100 yards or so. Har de har.

    However, I talked to my head coach and we are going to get a booth there to talk about the therapeutic benefits of fencing. Once again, if it generates ...
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  4. 18 Days and Counting

    by , 11-23-2008 at 04:08 PM
    This is, thus far, a lazy Sunday.

    I got up early, fed the cats, goofed off at the computer for a couple of hours, then took a shower and did my morning exercises with 3 lb weights. As of late, I've added two additional wrist exercises that will hopefully ease the problem I'm having of "blade droopage" when I go into parry 4. I need to strengthen that wrist.

    I planted three maple seedlings that are about knee high by sneaking over onto the vacant lot, digging holes, and ...
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  5. The Damn knee

    by , 11-22-2008 at 12:28 PM
    Is swollen again.

    Friday morning, the knee was not swollen. I went to work. I spent more time sitting than walking. By the time I left, the knee felt a little swollen. I skipped the gym and went home, where I tried to catch up on some of the cleaning that needed to be done. Some time later, I attempted to move the cat carrier back to the basement, saw that my husband had violated our agreement that "nothing will be on the floor that doesn't belong on the floor" and went nuts in ...
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