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4 11, 2017

Swordfish, The World Stage – The Climb #286

2017-11-06T17:08:10+00:00 November 4th, 2017|Swordfighting, Travel|0 Comments

Friday 3rd November 2017 If you asked a load of fencers what the defacto world championship for swordfighting was, the vast majority would point to Swordfish.  Held each year in Gothenburg, the fact that it attracts so much of the world’s best talent means that it’s the competition everyone wants to win. I first went [...]

3 11, 2017

Sleepy In Gothenburg – The Climb #285

2017-11-06T16:20:05+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|Swordfighting, Travel|0 Comments

Thursday 2nd November 2017 I normally don’t sleep before flights.  I always worry that I’ll somehow oversleep and then miss my flight.  As a result I will normally stay up the night before I travel, constantly checking my luggage and worrying about leaving some item or other. But I’ve been acutely aware of how much [...]

2 11, 2017

Representing My Country – The Climb #284

2017-11-02T15:15:11+00:00 November 2nd, 2017|Swordfighting, The Climb|0 Comments

Wednesday 1st November 2017 Unfortunately The Climb is going to have a little posting hiatus again. I travel to Sweden tomorrow to take part in the premier competition in the swordfighting calendar and because of all the kit I need to take, I won’t be taking my laptop. Never fear though, like my trip to [...]

1 11, 2017

Why I Won’t Be Doing NaNoWriMo This Year – The Climb #283

2017-11-01T21:18:16+00:00 November 1st, 2017|Swordfighting, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Tuesday 31st October 2017 So I won’t be taking part in NaNoWriMo this year, and it saddens me. Whilst I’ve seen some authors moan about NaNo I think it serves a useful function.  It teaches you that a novel is the product of a lot of continuous work.  And whilst the result of NaNo is [...]

31 10, 2017

55th In The World – The Climb #282

2017-10-31T19:59:08+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Swordfighting, The Climb|0 Comments

Monday 30th October 2017 My results from the weekend got put into the world rankings today and I’ve moved up two places to 55th in the world.  I’m happy with this.  I always knew Reading would be a tough tournament and as I mentioned on here I was expecting to drop a little, so to [...]

30 10, 2017

Bloody And Bruised – The Climb #281

2017-10-30T16:31:13+00:00 October 30th, 2017|Swordfighting, The Climb|0 Comments

Sunday 29th October 2017 I’m sore today. I took a cut across my thigh which hurts that bad I’m slightly hobbling.  I think I also got hit on the thumb as one side is red, bloody and swollen.  I also keep finding various bruises. Ideally, this would have been a day for rest, to take [...]

29 10, 2017

Quarter-Finalist Again – The Climb #280

2017-10-29T19:02:51+00:00 October 29th, 2017|Swordfighting, The Climb|0 Comments

Saturday 28th October 2017 Today has been a weird day. It’s been a day where everything went right and yet I end the day feeling disappointed. I woke up feeling good.  My limbs didn’t ache, I felt rested.  My head was in probably the best place it had ever been:  excited for the tournament yet [...]

28 10, 2017

I’ve Been here Before – The Climb #279

2017-10-28T23:38:30+00:00 October 28th, 2017|Swordfighting, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Friday 27th October 2017 I realise I’ve been here before. You’ll notice that there are times when I rarely talk about the writing and seem solely focused on the swordfighting. The writing is never forgotten.  I could tell you the stress I feel waiting to hear feedback on the latest draft, about my worries over [...]

27 10, 2017

I Am Prepared – The Climb #278

2017-10-27T19:34:51+00:00 October 27th, 2017|Swordfighting, The Climb|0 Comments

Thursday 26th October 2017 I’m feeling really good. The start of the week was a panic, where I was stressing over my upcoming tournament.  I was pushing myself, wondering if I was pushing myself too hard.  Other people were taking it easy and yet I continued to train. I was in a fog of confusion [...]

26 10, 2017

Peaked Too Soon? – The Climb #277

2017-10-26T23:15:13+00:00 October 26th, 2017|Swordfighting, The Climb|0 Comments

Wednesday 25th October 2017 Today has been the first day in what feels like forever where I’ve felt on top of things.  For the last couple of months I’ve felt like I’m drowning in tasks.  I’ve not felt particularly in control or organised, but this morning I found myself thinking how most of my backlog [...]