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The Year Of Frustration – The Climb #329

Saturday 16th December 2017 This is supposed to be the year of the offensive, but this last week it’s really felt like the year of frustration. Perhaps I’m being a little unfair here.    I’ve really pushed myself this year, documenting everything I’ve been doing to try and move various elements of my life forwards. But [...]

2017-12-17T23:41:54+00:00 December 17th, 2017|Swordfighting, The Climb, Writing|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

Tournament’s Eve – The Climb #321

Friday 8th December 2017 Tomorrow is my last tournament and I have a grand plan. This is the year of the offensive.  This is the year I’ve dedicated myself to going out and making things happen.  Last year I fought defensively and this was the year I wanted to change that. Looking back at the [...]

2017-12-11T02:06:00+00:00 December 9th, 2017|Swordfighting|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

The Writer’s Voice – The Climb #318

Tuesday 5th December 2017 It seems there’s a new bug going around and I’ve come down with it. Over the past 24 hours, 2 of my friends have come down with this light flu.  You’re basically bunged up and your muscles and joints ache like they do with a normal flu. It seems to pass [...]

2017-12-07T09:58:14+00:00 December 6th, 2017|Swordfighting, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Refinding My Mojo – The Climb #316

Sunday 3rd December 2017 After a terrible week, today I started to find a bit of my mojo today. Driving to sparring this morning I found myself getting fired up for the first time in over a week.  It probably makes sense, given that I’ve found that it takes me a week to 10 days [...]

2017-12-04T17:37:45+00:00 December 4th, 2017|Swordfighting, The Climb, TV, Writing|0 Comments