Saturday, December 27, 2014

Senoir Moment

My hand seems to be getting better. Sometimes it hurts a bit after going to the gym, though I have moved to much lower weight and more reps for upper body work. I have not really fenced in a few of weeks. I have fenced a few bouts left handed. I am so awkward at this. I do not really want to do it anymore, except perhaps to aid my training partner. I have another week or so to go before I can teat my hand out fencing. Next week, I might get some coaching training instead of a lesson. I am looking forward to that.

My weight is up after the holidays. I am hating that. Today I start the struggle to drop about six
pounds. That is step one.

I generally have something to record in my journal when I post.  Thought I did this time. Maybe being senile is kicking in early. Damn!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Father and Son

Monday night, a UNC fencer passed away. I did not know him well, but I liked him. He had a ready smile and keen mind. He was 62. The same age as me. His 14 year old son fences with us in Greensboro.

I often hope that my grandchildren will fence. It is fine if they do not. It is not for everyone. I think my desire for them to fence comes from  wanting them to know me. Know me after I am gone or before I become a feeble old man. I can think of no other sport were you can glimpse into the character of others like this one. I can think of no other sport were so many of us are connected. You were a student of one coach, but moved to other clubs. You were a fencer who studied with a coach and then you had a child who studied with students of the same coach. The list of possible entanglements and webs of connection go on and on.

I have thought about telling the UNC Fencer's son, who passed away, that he can know his father through fencing, But I will not. It is something only he can figure out

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Hand and a Lot of Money

Damn Damaged Hand

My weapon hand is better, but not good. I have not fenced in a week and a half. Flicks are out of the question, I have babied it. Tomorrow night, I will find out how it is in practice.

 There is a small vet event at the coast this weekend, I hope to compete. I will be the oldest guy in this event ( I think that a lady fencing will be the oldest. I could be wrong.) and I would like to give a decent account of myself.  I will just need to see how I am on Friday.


There is a coaching clinic in February within driving distance. I keep wrestling with the idea  of
testing for Prevot. I don't seem to have a good reason to do it though.

My reasons, so far are:
1. Training and reviewing would be of value.
2. I am closer to the end of my fencing journey, than the beginning. ( I think.) I would like to achieve what I can in that time. This might be something I could achieve.
3. Might make some new fencing friends or contacts.

On the other hand, I think it would cost me about $750.00 to take the test and clinic. Various testing fees, membership, hotels and gas.....that sort of thing. That is a lot to pay for a piece of paper. Dollar wise, it is a lot of fencing equipment I could use. It is a canoe. ( I have been wanting a canoe of late.)

It is also a lot of money you could spend and not get a piece of paper. That would be a bummer. I have no more idea what testing for this would be like than Moniteur. Moniteur was easy. How much harder is this? No clue.

Another downside is that my training partner would have no interest in spending the money to do this. She is all about competing. I had thoughts of both of us doing this and then we could certify the people that wanted Moniteur certification around our division.. There are folks near by that want it. I wanted it. It is nice to have something that shows you have had some training, though in truth, almost no one will ask you about it.