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Party Preparations – The Climb #340

Wednesday 27th December 2017 Today was spent running around getting ready for the big games day tomorrow. I got up late, but hey, it’s Christmas so it’s allowed.  Some of the snow had disappeared but the forecast said it was going to freeze which made me worry about people travelling tomorrow. I decided to walk [...]

2017-12-29T11:51:41+00:00 December 28th, 2017|Games, Health, Weather|0 Comments

Burn Out – The Climb #332

Tuesday 19th December 2017 I’ve started feeling a bit better the last couple of days.  Sunday’s low day just made me realise just how run down I was. Looking back I can see just how swamped with tasks I’ve been since the end of August.  I found myself getting stressed out in September when it [...]

2017-12-20T17:05:58+00:00 December 20th, 2017|Health, Swordfighting, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

A Low Day – The Climb #330

Sunday 17th December 2017 I’ve been on a massive low today and I have no real idea why. There’s certainly things I was disappointed about after last night but I found my head was making much bigger a deal of them than they really were.  I’m a little down on sleep recently after a couple [...]

2017-12-18T18:48:48+00:00 December 18th, 2017|Health, The Climb|0 Comments

Devastated – The Climb #325

Tuesday 12th December 2017 To understand how I’m feeling today is going to take some explanation. As I mentioned yesterday, I’m feeling very run down due to my tournament on Saturday.  This is general fatigue and I’d feel like this whether I won or got beaten by everyone.  I felt I fought well but was [...]

2017-12-13T20:50:57+00:00 December 13th, 2017|Health, Swordfighting, The Climb|0 Comments

Post Tournament Fatigue – The Climb #324

Monday 11th December 2017 So a weird thing happens to me after a tournament. Swordfighting tournaments are gruelling affairs.  Using Stewart’s calculations from the weekend of 6000 calories for 2 tournaments, let’s assume that you are looking at around 3000 calories for a single tournament.  I’m not sure that’s exactly correct as I’ll have a [...]

2017-12-13T01:05:20+00:00 December 12th, 2017|Health, Swordfighting, The Climb|0 Comments

Snowgeddon – The Climb #323

Sunday 10th December 2017 Today was a rest day. After yesterday’s tournament disappointment I’d already decided that even if there was sparring today I wouldn’t be going.  Just as well really as I woke up to a couple of inches of snow. I got woken by Kate messaging me some writing support.  I didn’t mind, [...]

2017-12-12T02:03:56+00:00 December 11th, 2017|Games, Health, Swordfighting, The Climb, Weather, Writing|0 Comments

I’m So Done With Tournaments – The Climb #322

Saturday 9th December 2017 I’m not going to lie, I’m actually glad that this was the last tournament this year. I’m not sure if it’s the pressure of tournament or that I’m not getting enough time to mentally and  physically recover, but as the tournament has gone on I’ve done progressively worse. The thing is, [...]

2017-12-12T01:14:26+00:00 December 10th, 2017|Health, Swordfighting, The Climb|0 Comments

The Pressure Of The League – The Climb #320

Thursday 7th December 2017 As suspected, I’m feeling a lot better today.  The flu symptoms seem to have disappeared as quickly as they came.  That probably means they’re going to linger and strike me down properly in a week or something but as long as I’m fine for Saturday's tournament I don’t really care. I’m [...]

2017-12-08T21:09:11+00:00 December 8th, 2017|Health, Swordfighting|0 Comments

Playing With 500 Year Old Swords – The Climb #319

Wednesday 6th December 2017 Today probably wasn’t the best day to be ill. A group of us had arranged to go up to the Wallace Collection in London to handle some antique swords from the period of the style that I fight.  I would be handling actual 500 year old weapons that I train to [...]

2017-12-07T21:31:29+00:00 December 7th, 2017|Health, Swordfighting, The Climb|0 Comments

Self-Care Day – The Climb #315

Saturday 2nd December 2017 Today was a self-care day. This last week has been absolutely brutal.  It feels like everything I’ve touched has gone to horseshit, whether it be swordfighting, writing, relationships or the day job.  Overall, things are going well enough for me to realise this is just a bad week rather than get [...]

2017-12-03T17:30:25+00:00 December 3rd, 2017|Games, Health, Movies, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments