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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

My Editing Has Levelled Up – The Climb #199

Tuesday 8th August 2017 I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather today.  There’s a gastric flu going around and it says something about how bad my stomach issues are when I’m not sure if I have a bad case of it or my stomach is just flaring up. As a result I’ve felt a [...]

2017-08-10T01:29:48+00:00 August 9th, 2017|Process, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Positive Distraction – The Climb #198

Monday 7th August 2017 By rights I should be writing about the chapter consolidation work I did today.  I should write about how I paired down some of the emotion whilst trying to still have the same impact as previous drafts. I should also be stressing over the next part of this new chapter.  I [...]

2017-08-08T12:00:08+00:00 August 8th, 2017|Swordfighting, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Documenting Progress – The Climb #197

Sunday 6th August 2017 Today marked the step up of my training. With less than a week to go until Fightcamp, I’m actually feeling pretty good.  I’m fighting well and today fought with three different weapon combinations:  backsword, single rapier and sword & buckler. I videoed all my fights.  I’ve already reviewed a lot of [...]

2017-08-07T11:59:17+00:00 August 7th, 2017|Swordfighting, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Nothing Is Ever Broken – The Climb #196

Saturday 5th August 2017 Today has been all about one thing:  fixing chapter one. In truth, this has meant spending 95% of the day thinking about it and about 5% of the day actually making changes. But this chapter has become a bugbear of mine, and editing it again has been as much a psychological [...]

2017-08-07T11:56:42+00:00 August 6th, 2017|Swordfighting, The Climb, Video, Writing|0 Comments

Gang Aft Agley – The Climb #194

Thursday 3rd August 2017 It’s fair to say that today has not been a good day. There are a number of reasons, and whilst none of them was enough to ruin my Thursday single-handedly, collectively they managed to do it. I found myself lacking motivation in the gym today.  Normally, I’ll moan and grumble, but [...]

2017-08-04T22:20:06+00:00 August 4th, 2017|Health, The Climb, Writing|1 Comment

The Benefits Of Long Drives – The Climb #193

Wednesday 2nd August 2017 I do a lot of travel.  If I go into the day job office it’s a good hour by car, and swordfighting training can be anything up to 2 hours depending on where I’m going. However, I must admit that I don’t mind the drives.  In fact they can be quite [...]

2017-08-03T22:11:49+00:00 August 3rd, 2017|Process, Swordfighting, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Return Of The Vlog? – The Climb #192

Tuesday 1st August 2017 I’m considering bringing back the vlogs. This has stemmed from the conjunction of a couple of things:  improving my training and watching a load of Youtube. I’m still feeling fired up about the tournament season ahead.  I’ve seen that a couple of our best fighters have signed up for the upcoming [...]

2017-08-02T09:23:46+00:00 August 2nd, 2017|Swordfighting, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Super-Motivated – The Climb #191

Monday 31st July 2017 I’ve been feeling pretty pumped today. For some reason I’ve been watching some Olympians’ Youtube videos today and it’s got me super motivated.  It got me thinking about my swordfighting and just how far it’s come on. I was supposed to be super-frustrated right now but my world-ranking came in about [...]

2017-08-01T14:02:32+00:00 August 1st, 2017|Process, Swordfighting, Writing|0 Comments