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  1. Graduation

    by , 02-01-2015 at 11:24 PM
    Vet epee at Wyncote yesterday. Didn't think the tournament was going to come off since as of Wednesday there were only two registered, but it blew up to six, leaving me to request excused absence from the teen figure skater's all-county band concert (she granted it).

    Good practice Thursday and Friday. I'm starting to know what my parry ought to look like, even if I can't replicate it all that often. But I also had a minor revelation about big-picture tactics. Used it to blank ...
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  2. First tournament back after a long injury break

    by , 02-01-2015 at 07:36 PM
    The bad news is that I fenced several very (tactically) poor bouts and lost a lot of touches on some technical errors. The good news is that my injury didn't bother me. The better news is that I finally got all of my weapons working again, including my old epees. (Thanks, Liz!) Of course, I'm trying to avoid fencing too much epee for now because I know what happens when I start fencing epee. "If once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny, consume you it will." ...
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  3. Off strip

    by , 01-31-2015 at 10:55 AM
    Not much practice the past month between the holidays, coach being out, family commitments, and my being sick. But I had some good non-practice activity. First I successfully rewired an epee from start to finish. It was a club weapon so there was really no big deal if it wasn’t perfect, but by the time I was done, it really came out well. The only thing I might have done differently was to not leave the wires quite so long before putting on the spaghetti and connecting them.

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  4. Ice storm

    by , 01-31-2015 at 10:45 AM
    Philly Cup open epee, again at home. The week before the tournament I was afraid we’d be in trouble because the foil was approaching 35 fencers and we only had four refs lined up. But the weather gods interceded with a nasty ice storm that closed the Turnpike and left many of our fencers stranded. Even with check-in delayed an hour and a half, the events were smaller than anticipated, but still big enough to have good ratings thanks to the pair of As that showed up. Epee was 17: since ...

    Updated 01-31-2015 at 05:08 PM by Zebra (oops, a piece got eaten)

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  5. Notes 30 Jan 2015

    by , 01-31-2015 at 07:42 AM
    We had planned on attending the Lebanon (PA) Team Epee last week (27 Jan). They postponed it to this week, due to last week's ice and snow storm. Yesterday they sent an email that they are canceling this postponed event and rescheduling it for 28 Feb. Their Y had a scheduling conflict and would need us out of the facility earlier than the organizers think the event would last. I'm happy the organizers canceled if they felt the event would be rushed. I'm bummed because we were looking forward to ...
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