Well, finally. I ordered (and received) a new fencing mask and jacket from Triplette (a company with good products and a great sense of humor).
Since I’ve been fencing again, and especially coaching, I thought it was time. My previous jacket and mask only lasted like, 10 years… the jacket’s zipper tag was broken off, I had numerous rust stains, the collar was ragged… jeez only a lousy 10 years… 😀
And the mask was no better–pretty beat up and the elastic and velcro that held it on was way too slack. So I got the new stuff.
And it’s nice. I got the jacket a couple of sizes smaller than before, because as comfortable as it was in the larger size, there was too much fabric flapping about. The new one fits just so, as is appropriate–though I’ll have to get used to that. I’m not used to the collar, which is a bit tighter than before, as is the chest and arms. The waist is nice though, not so cavernous.
The mask–was the original so tight when I first got it? I don’t remember. It just fits, too. Ah well, new stuff… 😀
And yes–it’s been a little while since I posted, and stuff has been going on; workouts, a trip to the Medieval Festival (which was cool), etc.
At the Medieval Festival, Dan and Chris gave traditional sword combat demos. I went there with my friends Walt and Nancy. They finally got to see some of what goes on when you suit up and bang at each other (not *that* way, you sillys 😛 ). I was also there to assist if need be, but they were doing just fine. They had tons o’ people there to demo to, and lots of little kids who were just awed. Totally cool.
And the probable demise of the Virginia Dueling Academy. Dan is finding that even though many people are interested, so few actually commit and pony up. So it may not be worth his while to keep it going. Pity. It’s great stuff. But it might free up my Fridays to go back to Salsa… 🙂
I think Chris is going to continue to give seminars in German longsword however, and I’ll probably assist in some cases. We’ll see.
I’ve been light on the workouts, mostly. A good little session before last Friday’s fencing, for instance, and a little before the Sunday practice with the University of Mary Washington fencers. And my typical daily “wake up” or “energizer,” which basically consists of a few LCCJs each arm, then windmills, then the Sun Salutation yoga asana. Good stuff.
Been busy busy going to work this week, though. Go back late this evening, and haven’t even gotten to workout yet and probably won’t. And probably won’t have time for a sweat-fest tomorrow morning, either. Ah well. I WILL get one in, before too long. So there! 😛