The pool round was finally completed today. Jake had a fever and didn't come, so I recorded his last bout as a 5-0 loss. He won't like that, I suspect, but Jake has some growing up to do. My blessed Kyle is 17th, with Max V. of the broken arm 18th, so Kyle will be fencing Keenan for 16th and everyone else has a bye. I told them I would have a consolation round. I'll have to do a separate DE table for that. Anyone who doesn't show up on Monday will just have to be recorded as a loss.
Last night I was fencing epee and my goal for the evening was to control my bouts. I was looking to manage distance well, control the action, make opportunities for me and take opportunities away from my opponent. It went well. I felt like I was in control much of the time. I didn't win all my bouts, but I did feel good about them.
DG beat me by 2 touches. This was the first time he has ever beaten me. I felt good for him as we all need such victories, but after the evening
Training in Mannheim. NH, AL and I.
We did the Nellya warm-up for the first time in about six months. It actually felt good (or at least wasn't the torture I expected). A couple of points:
1. Much more dynamic than the foil-oriented work-outs we've been doing--it's basically 30 minutes non-stop.
2. Footwork is much more sabre-specific--lots of changes in direction, short quick steps, etc.
3. It is a helluva lot easier on my knees.
Tonight, after warming up with 20 heel slides, I managed to sit back on my heels for a full three minutes.
And I only screamed in pain a few times.
It's scary how thrilled I am at such a small victory.
Today we got through most of one pool and two thirds of the other two. It was also notable for the first dispute about refereeing. All three boys were sixth graders--sharp-nosed, waiflike Keenan, sulky, easily discouraged Jake, and solemn, businesslike Grayson. Keenan has excellent form and moves well, but he was making a beat-attack on Jake's weapon that was not obvious to Grayson, the referee. I spoke to the three of them about the brutal facts:
Number one, the referee is always