On the right heel

For righ-handed fencer, right heel is a highly likely point of injury. The reason is simple – in a lunge, one spot on the heel takes an impact that is several times the body mass. This makes selecting the shoes with good heel protection very important, and fencing shoe designers give this (among other things) a lot of attention.

Still, despite really good shoes, combined with additional heel protector, I managed to hurt my right heel during one of the “epee nights”. The pain appeared after a lunge. At first, I didn’t pay it a lot of attention, it didn’t hurt that much. By the end of the bout I couldn’t lunge – any kind of footwork that required landing on the heel, was painful. I fenced one more bout, bouncing on my toes the whole time, then iced the heel, and drove home. Driving was somewhat uncomfortable.

The next day I could barely step on the toe. Doctor’s diagnosis – deep bone bruise. I’m lucky, it could have been a fracture. The way it is, I need a week of rest, and then I can fence again, if the pain is bearable; this may prolong healing process, but won’t get in the way of it. I think I’ll rest for a couple of weeks, to be on the safe side. Thankfully, I can work from home.

Published in: on July 20, 2007 at 11:00 pm  Leave a Comment  

Multiple partners

I changed the schedule for this summer. One of the clubs not too far from my office started doing “epee nights” once a week, and I’ve been going there for the last two months. Unfortunately, as a result, I get to spend less time working with my coach, but since this arrangement is only for the summer, we’ll catch up once it’s over.

And the “nights” are proving extremely beneficial. We get 10-15 people each time, several As and Bs, at few first ones we had a guy from Hungarian Olympic pentathlon team. And every “night” is similar to our club tournaments – everyone fences everyone else, no direct elimination.

I never had this amount of bouts with opponents of this level before. This is an extremely important experience that you just cannot get any other way. The result is usually quite predictable, but I’m not handing out easy wins, and on rare occasions I get victories too.

Looks like these “nights” are becoming a permanent thing, not just for the summer. I really don’t want to lose practice with my coach, but will try to make it to the “nights” once a month or so.

Published in: on July 16, 2007 at 11:00 pm  Leave a Comment