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  1. One-liner

    by , 07-25-2014 at 11:55 PM
    You might enjoy this line I used in that particularly unpleasant hockey game last week...

    Me: Interference! 16 Green!

    16 Green: That's [word you can't use on the fencing strip]! Whad'd'I do???

    Me: You want the regular version or super slo-mo?

    And I could have given it to him (looking back, I wish he'd asked!), right down to the spot where he changed direction to try and take out the man without the puck. Whatever the sport is, sometimes ...
    Tags: hockey, refs
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  2. Practice Observations

    by , 07-25-2014 at 09:27 AM
    After Wednesday's bouting practice with my coach, I sat and thought about what had transpired. The roughly 50 minutes of fencing had not 'gone well' in my opinion. I tried to break down why things hadn't gone better. It didn't take to long to realize why I felt like I had given up so many touches. I simply had not played my game. Don't get me wrong, my coach had changed his game and was trying some new things as part of his own personal preparation for Pan Am, and World Vet Championships. ...
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  3. Notes 24 July 2014

    by , 07-24-2014 at 08:56 PM
    Quick recap from the last tournament at Liberty in June: I was focusing on distance, so it was good – could be better. This one showed some weaknesses on timing. Epee pool was with some of the toughest competitors, including the Gold and one of the Bronze winners. Didn't win a single thing. In Foil, the hardest part was getting the ref to call RoW my way. I trust the ref's eyes and tried to adjust with minor success.

    Worst part was two of my foils failed weights during initial check. ...
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  4. Preparing for Vet Worlds Part 6 - Being a team member

    by , 07-24-2014 at 12:47 AM
    You've been fencing against your US veteran opponents all year. You fought hard to defeat them, and spent considerable time and effort thinking about their styles, their weaknesses, and the things you can do to beat them. Those people, especially the best fencers, were your targets. Your problems. Your enemies. Now they're your teammates.

    I have a picture somewhere of my first official Vet Worlds Category A women's sabre team, all of us in our black warm-ups, smiling at the camera. ...

    Updated 07-24-2014 at 02:43 AM by Peach

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  5. Taking the show on the road

    by , 07-23-2014 at 04:18 PM
    [update: my hip feels fine now, but the puck bruise is big as my fist now, and it was really colorful yesterday--red and deep purple, with some green and yellow around the edges. Looks like a bad tattoo]

    As I mentioned earlier, I fenced the Lehigh Valley Sportsfest this past weekend, and it was a great opportunity to showcase the sport in front of thousands of people who may never have seen fencing before. Every club ought to try and commit to doing one of these exhibitions in their ...
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