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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

I’ve Been here Before – The Climb #279

Friday 27th October 2017 I realise I’ve been here before. You’ll notice that there are times when I rarely talk about the writing and seem solely focused on the swordfighting. The writing is never forgotten.  I could tell you the stress I feel waiting to hear feedback on the latest draft, about my worries over [...]

2017-10-28T23:38:30+00:00 October 28th, 2017|Swordfighting, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

I Am Prepared – The Climb #278

Thursday 26th October 2017 I’m feeling really good. The start of the week was a panic, where I was stressing over my upcoming tournament.  I was pushing myself, wondering if I was pushing myself too hard.  Other people were taking it easy and yet I continued to train. I was in a fog of confusion [...]

2017-10-27T19:34:51+00:00 October 27th, 2017|Swordfighting, The Climb|0 Comments

Peaked Too Soon? – The Climb #277

Wednesday 25th October 2017 Today has been the first day in what feels like forever where I’ve felt on top of things.  For the last couple of months I’ve felt like I’m drowning in tasks.  I’ve not felt particularly in control or organised, but this morning I found myself thinking how most of my backlog [...]

2017-10-26T23:15:13+00:00 October 26th, 2017|Swordfighting, The Climb|0 Comments

Naming Swords – The Climb #276

Tuesday 24th October 2017 It’s been a busy day today.  I had to get up early for physio which meant I spent the rest of the day just feeling exhausted. Because of this, I decided that today would just be a day for taking it easy.  I’ve trained extremely hard the last few days and [...]

2017-10-26T22:55:45+00:00 October 25th, 2017|Swordfighting, The Climb|0 Comments

Feeling The Pressure – The Climb #275

Monday 23rd October 2017 Three days of intense training really take their toll. I know I’ve been really pushing it this week.  Some people are using this as a week to rest ahead of competition.  I see it as a week to get some last minute training.  But I’m glad I can now step it [...]

2017-10-24T20:39:18+00:00 October 24th, 2017|Swordfighting, The Climb|0 Comments

Here We Go Again – The Climb #274

Sunday 22nd October 2017 For the second day in a row, I went sparring. This time it was in Hawley, which whilst still a drive, didn’t require the additional train journey. Again I was fencing Pim and Sasha.  Again I was shouted at for doing things wrong.  That said, I really feel I’ve levelled up [...]

2017-10-24T01:13:02+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|Swordfighting, The Climb|0 Comments

Feeling Unproductive – The Climb #272

Friday 20th October 2017 So I feel I’m not being productive of late.  Part of it is all the swordfighting activities.  What with Romania, Swordfish, Wessex league and all the training for those events, it feels like a lot of my focus has been sucked up. I have genuine nerves about Wessex League.  Up until [...]

2017-10-22T00:11:17+00:00 October 21st, 2017|Swordfighting, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Stranded In Swindon – The Climb #271

Thursday 19th October 2017 After last night’s beating, I’ve come to the conclusion that I really need to step up my training.  It’s less than a week until the next Wessex competition and if I want to win it I really need to pull something out the bag. I’m thinking of going up to London [...]

2017-10-20T23:40:11+00:00 October 20th, 2017|Swordfighting, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Defeated By Titans – The Climb #270

Wednesday 18th October 2017 One of the biggest downsides to our school is that we have so many really good people that it can be hard to see your own progress.  I think something like 8 out of the top 10 British rapier & dagger fighters were trained by the school.  That’s pretty impressive. But [...]

2017-10-19T23:52:45+00:00 October 19th, 2017|Swordfighting, The Climb|0 Comments