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Another Day in the Office – Part 2 of 3

Most of you who know us, know that the HurleyGurrls are not exactly peppy morning people. Fortunately, the camp started at 10am, which we would have preferred to be at 11am; however, it is a compromise we can live with.

After feeding our screaming (and apparently starving) 2 cats, our breakfast is thrown together quickly to include yogurt, granola, blueberries or strawberries, and honey. We kiss the puppies, get dressed, throw a few Shaklee low-calorie Electrolyte powder sticks into our bag for our water bottles throughout the day, gather our fencing uniforms – pieces of which are hanging on every chair and door knob in the kitchen after having been washed the night before, eat quickly and head out the door at about 9:50am since, luckily, the club is only 5 minutes from our house.

Once we arrive at the club, the first camp segment includes some general stretching. This is a great time to slowly wake-up your body to what will be a very physically demanding day. The stretching lasts about 20 minutes and after a short respite to put on our Newzill compression socks and fencing shoes, we transition into about a 45-minute footwork session. Even seasoned athletes need to be careful about these kinds of footwork sessions! If you overdo it on day one, you can kiss your productivity on days 2-4 goodbye. We have a video clip of a portion of the footwork session that was taken on Facebook Live posted below so you can get an idea of what a footwork session looks like.

Posted by HurleyGurrls on Friday, December 29, 2017

Once the footwork session is over, another transition into drills means that we must put on our PBT fencing uniforms and pair-up with someone of similar skill level. Most of the time, these pairings are along gender lines. That is girls with girls and boys with boys; primarily because the boys tend to hit harder but also because boys react differently than girls – not better or worse… just differently in terms of strength, speed, reaction time, and distance. Once the pairings are established, we spend the next 45 minutes or so practicing different techniques and strategies. This is a great time for role-playing scenarios. That is, practicing overtime strategies or scenarios based on being behind or being ahead in a bout.  We have another Facebook Live video posted below which represents the kind of role playing and scenario drills that take place.

Posted by HurleyGurrls on Friday, December 29, 2017

By the time this segment concludes, it is lunch time.  While most of the fencers go out to nearby food stores or fast food restaurants, we spend most of our lunch time taking individual lessons from coach Andrey Geva. Typically, a 30-minute lesson for Kelley and a 30-minute lesson for Courtney.  This means that our lunch usually consists of a Shaklee 180 meal bar along with a banana or apple.

Next, we set our sights on the afternoon session (and Part 3 of this blog post which follows tomorrow)!