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Soreness . . .

Yesterday morning, during my drive to work, I found myself unable to turn my head or my body left without excruciating pain. Said pain did not ebb as the day went on. On the contrary, by the evening I could barely get in and out of my seat and, later, my bed.

At that point I thought that perhaps I had pulled a muscle earlier in the gym. I also thought that maybe I had slept in a crooked position and hurt myself during the night.

However, when I asked ballistabob to massage my left shoulder blade, which is where the pain seemed to be coming from, he noticed a small but deep bruise there, as well as another in the back of my arm. Both bruises seemed to be the result of either a pommel or quillion bash.

So how do you end up getting pommel or quillion bashed in your back?

Simple. By infighting at a tournament.

Or at least that's our theory.

There was one particular bout that I fought at Masters of Defence that seems to fit the profile (CSI Rapier!). It was the one that merited calling a hold at least two times because of really heavy infighting. And since I am an infighter myself, and I don't back down when someone is trying to push me around, I guess that's where the pommel-bashing came from.

(Then again, we were pushing each other very hard, and I gave him a bruise or two myself.)

Oh, well. All in a Rapier's day.

On the other hand, Masters of Defence was a great little event and I had a great time on and off the field.

On the field, other than getting a nasty bruise in my back, I did rather well. Like I have said before, I have horrible "butterflies" before each tourney. This one was no exception. However, once I relaxed, I started getting the points I needed and I did get in my five forms. (The format for MoD is that you have to win at least once in every form: Single rapier, rapier and hard parry, rapier and soft parry, case of rapiers, and rapier and dagger.) I did manage to get them all (like Pokémon!) and then some.

(One of my funniest fights was with Kynny, with rapier and buckler, in which both had to borrow someone else's bucklers since we had loaned ours to other people. This resulted in Kynny fighthing with a bigh mucking thing that looked like the kitchen table, and I with a teensy weensy little one that barely fit in my hand. It was a sight to be seen!)

Later on, I went and had lunch and got to have fun with psallite, Simone, spikywheel, goldenhonu, cariola, and other fun gentles.

All in all, a very fun time.

And thanks to my sweetie's ministrations, my shoulder is doing much better today. I am still sore, but I can at least turn my head.

I am so lucky to have him . . .



( 16 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 26th, 2006 05:03 pm (UTC)
Oof! I wondered why carthew admonished you not to hurt yourself last night. I'm so glad that you're feeling better.
Sep. 26th, 2006 05:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks :-D
Sep. 26th, 2006 05:31 pm (UTC)
Yay for fun at rapier :)
Sep. 26th, 2006 06:30 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah, baby!
Sep. 26th, 2006 08:44 pm (UTC)
sorry :(
I'm sorry for the bruises. I feel awful for that.

I have a few of my own from that fight, including a nice one my elbow. No idea how that got there either.

Sep. 26th, 2006 08:50 pm (UTC)
Re: sorry :(
Hey, not a problem. It happens ;-)

Maybe we can practice with each other to perfect the technique and make it more controlled. That is something we all can use.

And we can compare bruises while we're at it :-D
Sep. 27th, 2006 02:49 am (UTC)
Re: sorry :(
Belphoebe, I am really unhappy that you told the fighter that everything was okay when he asked (twice, and then asked your husband) at the event, then posted this in your journal for everyone to see. If you had a problem with the fighting, contact the fighter privately. He asked, and you told him everything was okay. This is *not* the way to tell him otherwise (he was quite disturbed to read this). Please consider that a lot of people in the local area read your journal, and you can really hurt someone by doing this, especially after giving them the impression that everything was fine.

Mistress Isobel Bedingfield
Sep. 27th, 2006 10:16 am (UTC)
Re: sorry :(
I'm pretty sure she didn't have a problem. I could be wrong, but there's absolutely nothing in the tone of that writing to indicate displeasure. It's a simple observation and explanation; we would all do well to give others the benefit of the doubt and assume that, given a chance to misinterpret, they had the best of intentions and not worse.
Sep. 27th, 2006 12:39 pm (UTC)
Re: sorry :(
Dear Isobel,

I was not displeased at all, and if I told Brian that everything was okay it's because it was -- and still is -- okay. I just wanted to observe that I had gotten a funky bruise during a very lively fight, which was in a weird place, and which I didn't even notice at the time since it only started hurting on Monday.

In other words, it was more of a comment on "Ouch! This hurts!" and, "How the heck did I get this mystery bruise on my back of all places?"

I was definitely not trying to make anyone look bad. Brian is an honorable fighter who would never hurt anyone on purpose. (In fact, neither would I, and yet I gave him a nice big bruise in the elbow.)

It's all in a day of fighting.

(And I like hard fights. I would not have it any other way.)

I like Brian very much, and I enjoy fighting with him. In fact, I had a good time during our bout at Masters of Defence, bruises and all. I also believe that we both can benefit from practicing more infighting techniques. (And who wouldn't?)

I hope this clarifies it and, Brian, I apologize if this caused you trouble. I am looking forward to crossing blades with you :-).
Sep. 27th, 2006 12:49 pm (UTC)
Re: sorry :(

M. Isobel
Sep. 27th, 2006 12:53 pm (UTC)
Re: sorry :(
Er, sorry, adding that the phrase "tries to force himself on me" bothered me the most. A hard fight is a hard fight, but a phrase like that can make it sound like the other fighter is being dishonourable. Since I happen to live with the marshal of that bout, he told me about the whole thing, and said he saw nothing untoward on the other fighter's part.
Sep. 27th, 2006 02:37 pm (UTC)
Re: sorry :(
Not a problem. I can see how this phrase can be interpreted that way. I will edit it to "push me around" which probably explains better what happened. (After all, we were trying to push each other around.)

Does this sound better to you?
Sep. 27th, 2006 02:41 pm (UTC)
Done :-)
I edited the entry. I think that the choice of words is a lot better. Let me know if this sounds good to you :-)
Sep. 27th, 2006 01:02 pm (UTC)
Re: sorry :(
No prob. Thank you for pointing this out to me.
Sep. 27th, 2006 01:16 pm (UTC)
Re: sorry :(
You're welcome, and thank you for not getting mad, and replying so graciously.
Sep. 26th, 2006 09:18 pm (UTC)
So, does that mean that if you were Queen, your motto would be, "Let them eat buckler?" (versus "Let them eat cake")
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