I had a very good time on Saturday at K&Q Rapier Champions.. that is, until my old nemesis the decided that it wanted to play. Pop! Thatâ€™s a wonderful sound and feeling. You have a rush of pain, and then its followed by a rush of disappointment as you know the rest of your day is over. I looked straight at Thomas, asked him for his sword, and drew it across my neck twice, symbolizing the end of my day. Itâ€™s a shame too, because I really felt on. I had beaten Tom the first fight, and wound up beating myself the second one.
Meaning, I let my adreneline and greed get the better of me. Iâ€™ve had to purposely retrain myself after the original injury(s) to not overextend and redouble (Redouble: To attack an opponent a second time after the opponent fails to counterattack.). When I do that, my knee cannot support the weight shift and collapses.
Here, take a look at this picture . Notice the nice lunge. Now, imagine her opponent being just out of her reach, or taking a half step back. Rather than fully resetting yourself, you take an additional lunge, from the lunge position. It means there is a brief instance (in *one* interration of the move) where your front foot moves forward again, and your back foot stays in place, allowing you to gain just â€œa little extraâ€. Usually done when your first lunge comes up short, but you arenâ€™t at your maximum lunge distance. This is what I cannot ever do again. Tom and I play the distance game very well. Weâ€™ve done it for years. We dance around, feeling each other out, and comitting only when there is an opening.
I should have reset. I should have reset. I should have reset.
Instead, for that brief instance, my mind tells me â€œItâ€™s only a half step. Youâ€™ve got him. Thereâ€™s the opening.â€. Step. Snap. Done.
So now Iâ€™m limping around on decent size doses of Ibuprofen (for swelling). The good news is that the pain is only a 1 or 2. Itâ€™s midly uncomfortable. As of this post, I can support my weight on it enough to walk (albeit very slowly). Slow going trying to bend it to. Same thing happened the last time. Hopefully in about 5 or 6 days, itâ€™ll be back to normal enough that I can start strengthening it again. I might followup with my orthopedic surgeon too. Last few times he couldnâ€™t do an operation, because â€œnot enough damage was doneâ€. Blech. I had two options. Quit fencing, or fence until I hurt myself enough for an operation. Guess you know which decision I took. Maybe this is the one to cause enough damage.