I have been competing at the international level since I was 15 years old. Now I am 29. When I was in the cadet and junior divisions, I was always at the top. Now that I am solely in the senior division, it feels as though my success has plateaued. For 14 years, my training regimen has been pretty much the same: I fence, I do a ton of footwork, and I run and swim for cross training and aerobic conditioning.
After the Rio Olympics, I knew I still had something to conquer on the strip; I still had a hunger to win but I knew I had to approach things differently in order to reach the top! Albert Einstein is quoted as once saying, “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.” With this in mind, my mother and father pulled us together last Fall (2016) and we closely examined successful fencers to find out what it is they are doing differently than Courtney and me. Accordingly, we examined the workout practices and strategies of many international teams from countries like France, Korea, Russia, Estonia, Italy, China, and Romania. In general, the athletes on these teams have three huge advantages:
- The athletes are professionals – they are paid a salary to train and fence (some are officially employed by their country’s military).
- The teams are surrounded by other professionals such as coaches and trainers who are dedicated to their success.
- The teams train and live at national or regional training and fencing centers that are supported by the state.
Recognizing that fencing will never be a state-sponsored sport in the USA, earlier this year (2017) teamHurley (which includes me, Courtney, my mother, and father) began to develop a strategy to address these three issues in a truly American, entrepreneurial way.
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