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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

En garde!

Last night was my first lesson in fencing. This is a sport not many talk about around the water cooler, I can assure you.

Outside of my utter love and devtion to all things Princess Bride, I've been intrigued with fencing for 20 years when I was at Shakespeare On The Green. There was a group of fencers giving demonstrations during the pre-show. Now that the girls are older and Jenna can get herself ready for bed while Steve puts Mallory down, I figured this might be a good time to give it a try.

Last night we just worked on footing; en garde, advance, retreat, lunge, and recover. I took three advil when I came home as my quads and shoulders are mushy. And next week I need to remember to take my albuterol before class as I was coughing and wheezing a fair amount when I came home. YAY exercise-induced asthma!!!

Enter the jokes, Tom.....There's about 20 of us in class. I'm the only woman and one of the oldest. Yes, I'm surrounded by pre-pube boys!!! Oh well. I still enjoyed it and we were informed that in March we'll be eligible for a beginners tourny!!

I have no idea how far and how long I'll do this, but it's something of interest. Dare I say, I'm also interested in belly dancing???


Tanya said...

It's always fun/interesting to try new things. I am trying to convince Mike we should join the curling league in town. I think it would be a blast!!

BTW - I have an award for you at my blog :)

Nadine Hightower said...

Or pole dancing!!!

Watch for those boys to copy you...I'm told that I'm supposed to be flattered by the mockery!!

Good luck!! And have fun with it!!

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Ace said...

You have a colleague in blades in Duch, he was a fencer in high school...and the better half toyed with some belly dancing, although not enough for my liking!

Turf Dad said...

Kristi- No jokes here. I think its pretty darn cool. You go and kick some pre-pupe ass!

kilax said...

Gina (Mannyed) recommending your blog to me because I just started fencing last night! I am surprised at what a workout it is - are you?