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Feeling A Little Flat – The Climb #310

Monday 27th November 2017 I keep reminding myself that tournaments take it out of me.  The worry, the focus, the physical exertion… it all adds up and I’m learning that for a week to ten days afterwards I’m a little flat. Life is excellent at the moment.  Overall, things are going brilliantly.  Whilst the day [...]

2017-11-29T00:10:58+00:00 November 28th, 2017|Swordfighting, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Tournament Disaster! – The Climb #308

Saturday 25th November 2017 I’ve always known that my good fortune wasn’t going to last.  It’s not so much that I’ve been lucky as that my tournament success has been based on a number of factors, only some of which I can control. But look… Wessex Bath wasn’t dreadful.  It’s not the end of the [...]

2017-11-26T16:01:00+00:00 November 26th, 2017|Swordfighting, The Climb|0 Comments

Black Friday – The Climb #307

Friday 24th November 2017 Today is the day before my next tournament. This is becoming such a regular occurrence that I guess I should be used to it by now but I am a bundle of nerves.  I feel unprepared, my pool seems impossible to beat, and I’m sure everything will go terribly wrong tomorrow. [...]

2017-11-25T23:51:14+00:00 November 25th, 2017|Swordfighting|0 Comments

Swamped With Swordfighting Stuff – The Climb #305

Wednesday 22nd November 2017 This week is supposed to be a holiday from work.  It’s supposed to be time for me to unwind and shake off some of the day job stress. So am I relaxing?  Am I heck. No, instead I find myself trying to catch up on a multitude of tasks that desperately [...]

2017-11-23T17:32:34+00:00 November 23rd, 2017|Productivity, Swordfighting, The Climb|0 Comments

Back To The Edits – The Climb #302

Sunday 19th November 2017 Much to my annoyance there was no Sunday sparring today. Whilst I appreciate that it’s the day after Bucklerthon, I have Wessex Bath in less than a week and… well, I need to train. Perhaps a day off is what my body needs after a slew of tournaments but given I [...]

2017-11-21T00:20:42+00:00 November 20th, 2017|Productivity, Swordfighting, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Bucklerthon – The Climb #301

Saturday 18th November 2017 To be honest, I went to support my students. I really wasn’t in the mood to fight today.  My thoughts were elsewhere, I was worried about taking another hit on my right thigh (which is still purple from Wessex Reading last month).  But for people I’ve trained for the best part [...]

2017-11-19T16:15:48+00:00 November 19th, 2017|Swordfighting, The Climb|0 Comments

One Year Later – The Climb #300

Friday 17th November 2017 Tomorrow I have another tournament.  This time it’s Bucklerthon, the event where just a year ago I won my first medal. Back in the summer of 2016 I was very frustrated with my swordfighting.  I’d put in a good 6 months of additional training with the aim of seeing some improvement [...]

2017-11-18T23:17:11+00:00 November 18th, 2017|Swordfighting, The Climb|0 Comments

Car Troubles – The Climb #296

Monday 13th November 2017 So just what I didn’t need… the car has started playing up. I went to training tonight and getting into the car afterwards I noticed that the engine management light was on and the car was juddering when accelerating.    Seeing as I only just got the car serviced it was unlikely [...]

2017-11-14T23:53:53+00:00 November 14th, 2017|Health, Swordfighting, The Climb|0 Comments

Time For Friends – The Climb #295

Sunday 12th November 2017 Today has been a day for friends.  Given how hectic the last few months have been it’s been pretty good to unwind. Sparring was in Reading today and whilst not so much of a journey, it still ate up a large part of my day.  After a decent breakfast, I loaded [...]

2017-11-13T16:46:03+00:00 November 13th, 2017|Swordfighting, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Sword Diplomacy – The Climb #294

Saturday 11th November 2017 After moaning that I’m feeling a bit burned out you’d think that I’d take a weekend off the swordfighting.  That was the original plan and I’d arranged to hang out with a non-swordfighting friend today and just have a bit of a mini adventure.  But that fell through and then this [...]

2017-11-12T17:43:54+00:00 November 12th, 2017|Games, Swordfighting, The Climb, TV, Writing|0 Comments