A Night Off – The Climb #212

Monday 21st August 2017 I’m burnt out. I mean I’m seriously fried. I noticed it today when I was thinking about upcoming tournaments.  I thought to myself… don’t worry about trying to win, just take part.  Now ordinarily, I’d say this is good advice but given how driven I am, how much I want to [...]

2017-08-22T00:28:48+00:00 August 22nd, 2017|Swordfighting, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

The Grind Continues – The Climb #211

Sunday 20th August 2017 Today has felt slow.  On one hand, it’s been busy with sparring and then a meeting with another writer which meant I had less time for editing - and I still got through a couple of chapters - but I didn’t get to the end of the novel. I’m now on [...]

2017-08-21T13:18:40+00:00 August 21st, 2017|Swordfighting, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

I Need To Read More – The Climb #207

Wednesday 16th August 2017 I’ve had a day where an unintentional slight that actually worked in my favour really bothered me. I turned up to training tonight thinking I was going to be teaching to find I wasn’t.  That in itself doesn’t bother me.  I always said I would teach for a 6 month block [...]

2017-08-17T10:28:41+00:00 August 17th, 2017|Reading, Swordfighting, The Climb, TV, Writing|0 Comments

Good Editing Progress – The Climb #206

Tuesday 15th August 2017 It’s gone 1:30am and it looks like I’m going to have to leave finishing editing this consolidated chapter until tomorrow. I can’t complain though as progress, whilst slow, has been good.  I’m still being quite ruthless, and seem to be succeeding in my aim of trimming the wordcount.  I was helped [...]

2017-08-16T09:58:11+00:00 August 16th, 2017|Health, Swordfighting, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Change Of Focus – The Climb #205

Monday 14th August 2017 With Fightcamp now over, my focus is now starting to change, so that the edits of Black as Knight once again become my main focus. Whilst the first Wessex League tournament is a little over a month away, now the two big UK competitions of the year are over, I can [...]

2017-08-15T10:48:27+00:00 August 15th, 2017|Swordfighting, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Fightcamp Round 2 – The Climb #204

Sunday 13th August 2017 I hurt.  I really, really hurt. My left elbow is starting to turn black after my semi-final fight on Friday, and my right forearm is equally swollen.  My right arm is also feeling the aches from constantly holding a sword. But it’s not just the injuries from fighting.  I feel boiled [...]

2017-08-14T15:22:15+00:00 August 14th, 2017|Health, Swordfighting, The Climb|0 Comments

A Swiss Multitool Of Death – The Climb #203

Saturday 12th August 2017 Today is possibly a little anti-climactic after yesterday. I’d long made the decision that today would be a rest day.  No matter how well or badly I did on Friday, I knew that competing in two competitions would mean I would be exhausted the day afterwards.  And so I had a [...]

2017-08-13T22:37:25+00:00 August 13th, 2017|Health, Swordfighting, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

The Fight Of My Life – The Climb #202

Friday 11th August 2017 Today has been a day of incredible mental and physical resilience. I'm at Fightcamp this weekend.  It's basically a weekend in a field with lots of people with lots of different weapons.  There are a load of seminars with some of the best instructors in the world, so if you want [...]

2017-08-12T09:46:35+00:00 August 12th, 2017|Swordfighting, The Climb|0 Comments

Fightcamp – The Climb #201

Thursday 10th August 2017 I sometimes wonder if there's a need to take a day off before a competition like Fightcamp.  Yes, it's a 2+ hour drive but that's not impossible after a work day.  Plus, this year I'm staying in a hotel rather than camping. There's part of me that thinks I wasted today. [...]

2017-08-11T07:50:21+00:00 August 11th, 2017|Swordfighting, The Climb, Travel|0 Comments

Fire And Fury – The Climb #200

Wednesday 9th August 2017 So you expect to have a bad night fighting before a tournament right?  It’s a thing.  It’s totally a thing.  Oh, how I sucked today. The day started well with progress on consolidating the three chapters.  I nearly completed the second third of this, but I ran out of time and [...]

2017-08-10T12:06:29+00:00 August 10th, 2017|Swordfighting, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments