Fencing: Edinburgh International (an FIE satellite) tournament on the weekend. Slightly disappointing turnout - 38 entries, compared to 53 last year, and compared to 120+ entries in most of the large UK tournaments. I thought I was fencing ok, but the results don't really bear that out - won 2 of 5 in the first round, 2 of 5 in the second round, and was seeded 17th into the DE. One pool bout in the second round turned into a bit of an epic - one of the fencers in the pool had won all of his bouts up to that point, mainly because he has a very quick fleche attack - no-one had managed to stop it or even get a double-hit on it up to then. We traded hits up to 2-2, and then he fleched at me - and we got a double. He fleched again - another double. 4-4, and the next hit would win it - he fleched again, and again, and a few more times after that - every time a double hit. We ran out of time, priority was decided for the last minute, and then there was a brief flurry of action that ended up with him winning the bout.
On to the DE bout - I was up 10-7 at the start of the third period, after catching up during the second, and I was still up 13-12 with a minute to go ... and then I ran out of concentration, and lost 13-15. I had 8 minutes of good concentration ... in a 9-minute bout. Next stop, Birmingham !