davidcook: (iFence)
posted by [personal profile] davidcook at 05:17pm on 03/12/2013
So, this year I've been getting back into fencing competitions, as regularly as can be managed around other commitments (i.e. Bub :) ). On average I probably get 1 hour of fencing training per week - far less than most "serious" fencers would think adequate.
Of course, I'm doing lots of cycling (should easily reach 6000km for the year), and every now and then I lift a weight or two (mostly Bub, he's getting heavier ! :) ).

So, how did I do ? Pretty well, actually.

Vic State Open #1 - 5th / 13
Vic State Open #2 - 5th / 18
Vic State Open #3 - 1st / 15
National Open #3 (Melbourne) - 8th / 72
Club Championships - 1st / 11
State Championships - 3rd / 18

The win in Open #3 is actually my first state-level Open competition win ... ever. I've come 2nd and 3rd a few times in the past, never quite managed to get to the top of the podium before.
8th at the National tournament is also an equal-best result for me - last time was in 2000 or 2001 or so. [1] [2]

So overall I'm pretty happy with my fencing year, and thinking of doing a little more next year (maybe I'll enter some of the Veteran tournaments locally, or maybe look at an extra National comp).

[1] Trivia - last time I made a national L8, I lost to Peter Osvath - this time I managed to beat him (in the last 32).
[2] More trivia - in the last four tournaments in that list, I only lost four bouts, and three of them were to Seamus.
Mood:: 'calm' calm

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