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Catching Up – The Climb #289

Monday 6th November 2017 I really could have done with a massive lay in.  I’m still feeling exhausted after Sweden and a day in bed might have been what I really needed. But I had an appointment at the hospital at 8:20am which meant leaving the house ridiculously early on a crisp and frosty morning.  [...]

2017-11-08T09:55:42+00:00 November 7th, 2017|Health, Swordfighting, The Climb|0 Comments

Returning Home With New Plans – The Climb #288

Sunday 5th November 2017 Today was the last day in Sweden as we return home to the UK. It’s been an amazing trip and I’ve come away really proud of myself and my accomplishments. Of course, the attention now turns to the year ahead and the work I need to do.  I’ve pretty much decided [...]

2017-11-08T00:12:11+00:00 November 6th, 2017|Swordfighting, The Climb, Travel|0 Comments

Treating Myself To A New Sword – The Climb #287

Saturday 4th November 2017 Today I rewarded myself for all my hard work with a new sword. I’m still in a bit of shock over my result yesterday.  I keep thinking back to what my fencing was like just a year ago and marvelling at the progress.  I keep thinking about it and finding myself [...]

2017-11-07T01:15:28+00:00 November 5th, 2017|Swordfighting, The Climb, Travel|0 Comments

Swordfish, The World Stage – The Climb #286

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 [...]

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

Sleepy In Gothenburg – The Climb #285

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 [...]

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

Representing My Country – The Climb #284

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 [...]

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

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

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 [...]

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

55th In The World – The Climb #282

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 [...]

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

Bloody And Bruised – The Climb #281

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 [...]

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

Quarter-Finalist Again – The Climb #280

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 [...]

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