I did not go to foil last night. I was "fenced out."
I am considering not going to foil any more, unless Woody or Mario need me to fill in. Or I am considering not going as often.
I go to foil to help if there are some new people. I go to practice my footwork. I go because I like spending time with the people there. Those are all good reasons.
With the "A" fencer there, I feel that I am not needed as much. Working on footwork is always good, but what I need is less basic.
My fencing four nights a week is not really fencing four nights a week. I could go to the Sportplex and fence some epee on Monday night and do myself more good. That is, provided there were actually people to fence when I got to the Sportplex.
Fencing epee on Friday nights has been impossible of late. The place is to crowded and to filled with kids. The last two times, I have not fenced at all. The time before that, only once.
I could not leave that class and I would not do so. I think they need me there as a helper.
The only way I see at the present to get more strip time in is to give up foil. The bad part would be that I would give up the people there that I like so much. I often think that if I could just let go of trying to be competitive and just be a recreational fencer I would be happier. It is just not in me though. Not yet.
Another option for Monday night would be to get to the Sportplex at six, fence a couple of bouts and then head over to foil. I will need to think about that.
I am sort of looking forward to the Iron Maiden this weekend. I travel to a tournament for women only. I think maybe watching a tournament would be good for me and I could have some time to reflect on what I should do.