Getting around to post some of last Sunday’s PTs. Relatively low key but nice.
First off, both Saturday and Sunday were IF days for me, in the sense that I underfed during the daytime. Saturday saw us going to The Melting Pot up in Arlington, and since it was to be a “brunch” at 1400, I didn’t bother to eat anything for brekkies. But on the way there, Shawn called me and said that it actually didn’t open until 1600, so I was stuck until then. When I finally got up to Arlington and the general area (I took Metro from Springfield to Ballston-MU station), I grabbed a cappucino and a piece of coffee cake. That may not have been the most paleo (or “warrior”) thing in the world… but it did tide me over until dinner, which finally started getting presented at 1630 or so.
And it was good, let me tell you! Afterward, everybody was talking about how stuffed they were, but I was simply… pleasantly full.
Sunday saw me only drinking a couple of cups of kefir throughout the day, and having a handful of chopped fruit, until 1930 or so. At the end of fencing, one of the fencers let me know that they were going over to a friend’s house for food. The friend was coming back from an SCA event (“Defending the Gate,” I think it’s called), and let the fencer’s know ahead of time that he was bringing back a large quantity of food from the feasting. And he did–lamb stew, meat pies, pork, a bit of bread, etc. And so we munched on that. And I went home. It’s good to be the coach 😀 .
Of course, that was after a pretty good fencing session. Several members of the club were going to participate in an épée scrimmage with Dark Horse the next day, so I worked several of them in that. I also worked some sabre with a fellow. It was all, good, hard fun.
Fencing, by it’s nature, requires ballistic, explosive energy and movement, and endurance, to last through a bout or several. It is also extremely mentally challenging, like playing chess at the same time.
Earlier in the day, I started the “martial” theme with a good session of aiki tai sabaki, or “body movement.” That consisted of a lot of aiki footwork, both fast and slow (done in an almost tai chi manner), some sword-like arm movements endemic to aiki practice, and a lot of level changes. Such as rolls, but in particular standing to one-leg kneeling, turning from that position, and raising to standing. Good leg training.
Kept it fairly vigorous but not exhausting. Got a decent sweat going, but not buckets, and not to a panting stage. More about feeling movement through space. It was a nice session, and a good warm up for the body for fencing a few hours later.