Dinner at Schmidtís in Columbus was excellent. If youíre still in town, you should go there (though maybe not the evening before a morning competition--it can be rather filling if you arenít careful).
My fencer did about as expected: beat two Es in the pool and finished 2-4. Coach was there, so I just stayed in the background: be supportive and let her do her job. After my fencer was blanked in his first two bouts, I was worrying about DFL, but then he won his next bout 5-0.
The left knee has turned to wood in the middle again. I hate it when it does that. It's not just that it hurts, but that it doesn't WORK.
I'm debating going to Aruba for the Pan Am. Since our friend, Joe, died unexpectedly and too young at 60, I've been trying to do as much as I can while I can and may be overdoing it. Still... Aruba will be hot and there's not much to do except touristy things. I don't drink, smoke or gamble so the casino hotel is not going to be an ideal fit
While many fencers, particularly vets, feel some aches after a day at Nationals, I don't think anyone suffers more pain than the parents. Inevitably one or more pieces of equipment fails inspection or is outgrown or forgotten at home, and the vendors are happy to help out with the situation. And all of this is on top of the cost of getting to the event, hotel, meals, registration, coaching expenses, etc. Ouch.
At least this year I got more out of the experience myself. Even though
I woke up too early and was not hungry, so I ate a tiny yogurt and had my coffee. That, as it turned out, was a bad idea. But I wasn't hungry. And as my coach pointed out, I probably, because it's summer and I'm trying once again to eat healthy, was thinking, "Oh, good, I'm not hungry so I won't eat. Look how virtuous I can be." Yes. Bad idea. Will not do that again.
Close of check-in was 8:00. I warmed up a little bit. As usual when adrenaline hits, I became grumpy, sick to
Updated 06-24-2014 at 05:45 PM by Peach
Any of the blogger crowd interested in meeting up for dinner Tuesday in German Village?