I sent a withdrawal e-mail yesterday, stating my intention to withdraw from participation in the NAC E.
I hate this, but I proved two things at Richmond:
(1) I can finish in the finals. My fencing skills are not where I want them to be but they are good enough to put me in the middle of the pack and finishing 7th at the Summer Nationals was not a fluke. I will do this again. Someday.
(2) My knee is not sufficiently healed to be fencing and if I continue fencing,
Training in Mannheim. NH, AtK and I, AL had a cold and was absent. Wolfgang Gieger, from Pforzheim, showed up with four junior sabreures, so we had a total of 8 sabre fencers--whoopee! We even claimed a second strip from the foilists (of course, by 2030, all the foilists were gone, and we could have fenced anywhere we wanted in the hall--except that only two lanes have updated machines... ).
NH and I did the warm-up. AtK did the second half with us. We did about half the drills,
The entire Middle School got on buses and went to a professional indoor soccer game for the day, so when I got back I was feeling as if I'd been hit by a truck. I cancelled fencing and we had a study hall in my classroom. I discussed awards, and it's pretty clear to everyone that Remi is going to get the coach's award. I discussed sportsmanship and had them vote on the sportsmanship award--there were a whole bunch of names on those cards, interestingly, and that's only right because they are
Apparently I'm on the SW Section Circuit points list. Be afraid.
As a side note:: Will the section officers for the Southeast Section PLEASE get a section circuit going? Hell, I'll volunteer to maintain the points list. Obviously the only points that really mean anything are national points, but it's still kind of a cool nicety to have a Sectional Circuit.
It's still brutally cold but I took them over anyway. I had them do advance-half advance-lunge and retreat half-retreat-lunge drills and then some blade drill, and finished up with a game of 3-15 before dismissing them all. They were a little lackadaisical today--I don't think they wanted to be out in the cold, and they have the feeling it's over now that we have finished the tournament. I really hate having to dismiss half the boys at 3:05 when we don't even get there until 2:40 or so.