All in all, it ALMOST went better for me than anticipated. I had set a goal of being in the top two-thirds...or escaping the bottom third of Men's Epee fencers. Under normal circumstances I might have set a different goal. However, with my fathers death, my bad foot (which has kept me from fencing as much as I should ); my new job....you get the picture......I just did not see me doing very well. Plus the added factor that there were just a bunch of fencers that were better than me preregistered.
As fate would have it, only 27 fencers of the 37 fencers that preregistered showed up. I have rarely seen a tournament were there were less fencers than you expected. From what I could tell, the tournament seemed well run.
I finished first in my pool. That was a surprise! To be honest, I think it was one of the easier pools though. The results of the pools were that I was in 8th place. That was way beyond my expectations, so I was happy.
I was to fence the 25th (last placed) fencer. I feel like I could have beat the last place person...no problem. To my surprise that was John Rae. There is absolutely no way that he should have been in last place. I lead most of the DE and he rallied at the end and beat me 13-15. I do not know if John was injured in pools; this was some sort of strategy; or this was just for dramatic flair. I do know one thing. The next time I fence him; I am going to win. It is that simple.
I finished 17th (I think).( Edited: 4-17-07. I found out there were 27 fencers.) That did meet my goal. Somehow it still did not seem like enough. I am not real unhappy about it, nor am I happy about it.
I would have liked to have done well enough to have Coach Miller say something positive. On the other hand, Cam told me I fenced well. That always means a lot to me. Also Paul (from the Wilmington club) told me how much I had improved and that made me feel good. That was kind of him.
I spent some time talking to Hunter from KOS. I told him how he had helped me by example when I wasbeating myself up over fencing one time. What a likeable kid.
I enjoyed watching and supporting our fencers. I felt like I shared their victories and their disappointments. The later is part of the game.
Despite the lack of a stellar performance at this event, I have this weird feeling that my fencing has improved. I mean this in the sense that as your learn to fence (other things as well) you hit plateaus. You stay there a while and then you start going up again. I may be wrong, but I feel like I am moving up a notch. I try to be a realist when I judge myself in fencing. I hope I am right about this.
Sharon told me that my Dad would be watching me at this event. It was a reference to me having a fencer parent. ( A joke. ) He never got to see me fence. If he was watching today, I would not be totally ashamed. Keep watching Dad. I will tell you when I have done well.