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Team for Chalice of the Sun God

Anyone interested in coming up with a team for Chalice of the Sun God this weekend? 

Here's what's required:
Teams must field a single participant in at least 4 of the 5 Chalice disciplines (Bardic, Artisan, Heavy, Rapier, Archery). In addition to the adult categories, each team may include one youth combat, and/or one youth archer, and/or one youth rapier fighter. A bonus point per youth combat, youth rapier, and/or youth archer will be awarded to teams who include them (one point per youth). No team shall feature more than three youth combatants, one rapier, one archer, one armored. If the youth wins the title of Chalice Youth Armored Champion, Chalice Youth Archer, or Chalice Youth Rapier Champion, an additional bonus point will be awarded to the team. Each participant shall receive points based on participation and performance. The team with the highest score shall win the Chalice of the Sun God. To register a team, contact the Autocrat. You must include the names of your team members, their disciplines, and the team name.
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Update for Next Week: Coronation, Thursday Practice, Triangle Demo

Just a quick heads up about the coming busy week.

Thursday is the first practice of the school year, a great chance to catch the eye of new and returning students. At the Dells, as ever, weather permitting. Otherwise we're at the parking deck at Scott Stadium.
We're attending Coronation on Saturday. And I haven't mentioned this yet, but HRH Kalisa has asked me to be her Champion, so I'll be busier during this reign than I have been recently.
Then Sunday we have the Isenfir Triangle Demo, where we pull out the stops to catch the students we have attracted with Monday's Student Activity Fair and Thursday's practice. Please come out if you can!
Other events I'll be at in the next few months are listed on the calendar link.
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New Deep Curved Shield by Justus

Here's the new shield! Just lacking some drying time and a couple crows.

new Shield
More pictures at this link. Yes, they may look sideways for now, that should clear up.
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That's a Busy Saturday

Ella mentioned something at Thursday practice about a cut and thrust tourney at Pennsic.

Hard to find because (duh) it is not listed as "Pennsic's First Ever Cut and Thrust Rapier Tourney" but as the non-descriptive "Golden Pony" tourney.
And it is on the middle Saturday of the War.
Same afternoon as the Historical Combat Series Pollaxe Tourney.
Same afternoon as Tarl's Polearm tourney.
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Golden Rose Tourney I

We had a great time at Golden Rose Tourney this weekend. Even with the heat, the dehydration, a blown fan belt and water pump, what a great time.

Ella & Master Kit warming up on the raiper field.
Thanks again to Baron Girard and Baroness Guienevra for hosting us and chauffeuring us all around Raleigh in search of a car repair place open on Sunday. (For your future reference, the answer is always "Sears.")
Dukes Alaric & Michael fighting bastard sword.
I'm very very pleased to report that HRH Kalisa's team, the one I helped organize, went all the way to the finals and came oh so close to winning. I'm very happy with everyone's performance--the whole team backed each other up: Matteo winning a tough fight during a round where I lost, Philip and Amos (the "purple teardrop men") going (I think) undefeated until the finals, just a great showing all around.
We also looked damn good! I was surprised to have the only crest on the field, though Susan made a lovely wreath of flowers for Philip's helmet. Where are your pictures from the tourney?
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Workout Progress

Back on 2/25 I started my new workout. Let's see how I've progressed in a little over two months:

Then: 5 x 5 squats with a bar.
I had never done free squats before, so even though I felt silly, I just did them with the bar. Even the last set was easy, but still, I feel it in my quads today.
Now: 1 x 5 squats @ 90 lbs, 4 x 5 @ 110. Just a little sore.

Then: 3 x 5 deadlifts with a bar.
These were very straightforward and also easy. So ridiculously easy that after one set with the bar, I threw 20 lbs. on it. Still stupidly easy.
Now: 5 x @ 90 lbs and 5x 2 @ 110lbs and 5x 2 @120 lbs on the deadlift platform, which lets you lower the bar to your toes.

Then: 3 x 15 push ups.
These nearly kicked my ass. The first set of 15 was easy. The third was nearly not finished.
Now: I mix push ups in other times. Did 15 yesterday.

Then: 5 x 5 horizontal pull-ups or five sets of as many regular chin-ups or pull-ups you can crank out.
These did kick my ass. So I did 6/5/5 pull/chin ups, and then the inverted bench press came open long enough for me to finish with 2 sets of 15 horizontal pull ups.
Now: 5 full vertical pullups 4 times, 6 on the last set. Then, after the back hyperextensions, I came back and did 5 more! This is the most massive change since Feb.

Then: Skipped the back hyperextensions because I didn't know how to do them.
Now: 2 x 15 @ 35 lbs back hyperextensions, 1 x 15 @25 lbs. I'm being careful here, as I really feel it in my back muscles afterwards.

Then: 3 x 5/15 of ab exercise of choice. "Planks" were recommended.
I tried these. My oblique abdominal complained after 2 and made me stop at three. I need to figure out another way to exercise my abs.
Now: I've dropped these from my workout. I think I'm getting some ab work with the pullups, but that damn oblique ab muscle still complains when I try other stuff.

Then: After Effects: I'm moderately sore today, in a way that I didn't expect. Normally I get sore two days out from a workout. Maybe that means I'll be too stiff to move tomorrow.
Now: I get a little sore. Not bad. Just enough to know I've worked out.

Then: Weight: 196 lbs.
Now: Weight 200 lbs and all the same pants fit. Interestingly, all that weight came on in about the first 5 weeks.

It is time to revise the workout for more progress, most notably the addition of bench presses. If I keep this up, I think I may be in the best shape of my life by Pennsic!

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Finally, Some Pics. And a legend!

Third outing for the new helm, and this time Al Cortez kindly took some pics. Obviously, I need to make sure my ties are tucked.

Practice was great last night, with more than 5 fights going on at a time, probably 18 people in armor through the evening.

It was especially nice to see Rainulf out. He gave me a very special high speed chiropractic adjustment right on my cervical vertebra.

The lighting was bad, and Aloicius was using a camera he wasn't familiar with (as the unpublished picture of his feet showed) but he did manage to get a few pics of the new helm.

Lots of interest in Isenfir for doing this again! It was Philip, Al, Leo and me this time, but next time it could well also be Kelby, his son, Aethelwolf, and some of the other new Isenfiri. Baron Bryce also talked about wanting to come out to Fourth Sundays, especially when the weather will allow for practice in the back yard.

I fought William, Henricus, Matthew, Patrick, Adilric, Rainulf, Sugarloaf Helm Guy Whose Name I Don't Recall, and I think a few others.

To close the evening: Dagger fights! Hooray! As pictured.

And I heard an amazing story of my legendary stature! According to one of the newer guys who had only met me once, he understood that I ride my bike to work every day.

Forty miles.

One way.

I am a monster!

This makes me wonder: What other amazing story have you heard about me? Bring out your legendary tales! Or make some up! But if you do make them up, please label them as having occurred at Sea Wars X.

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In Other News, Creak

For one reason or another or another, I have not had armor on since Holiday Faire. Until last night. That was November 22nd, so two months to the day.

This is the third week of the semester here, but the cold has been so complete the first two weeks that we did not hold practice. Yesterday the weather finally broke, with temps in the high 40's, so we were on. Rapier canceled though, for a variety of non-weather related issues.

I spent some time instructing before fighting. Audriana and Jay were two new people out. Audriana might not actually be in to armored fighting, but that was all that was on offer last night so she learned how to throw a flat snap. She's an accomplished rider, so I talked a good bit with her about Master Terafan and his plans.
Jay is a UVa alumnus, apparently with a pretty extensive martial arts background. He's also big and strong, so he could do some good work quick.
If we could get everyone out and armored up, Isenfir would have a pretty impressive bunch. Jonathan, Andrew, Jordan, Danny, Kelby, Kelby's son, Jay and I are all over 6', and all but one of those are over 6'2"! Of course the real irony there is that Sev, at 5'6 or so is the guy clearly figuring this all out fastest.

Kelby and his son whose name I don't recall, Philip, Aethelwolf and I all put on gear. Sev would have too, but he forgot his cup. I fought a good bit, it felt fine for the most part, but I could tell after fighting everyone at least one long set and Philip twice that it would be wise to stop. I still had energy, but some of the joints just weren't quite ready, and my back was starting to complain. All in time.

My new helmet is a wonder, or will be when tuned up and I'm accustomed to it. Right now I have to ask about every shot that might be light, because everything is easier to feel. "Fives" feel like "Sevens" for example. I'm going to weigh the new setup vs. the old one tonight, but I'm pretty sure the new one is a good 3 pounds lighter between the helm and the camail. Quite a difference.

The other big difference is the breaths: I can actually breathe in the new helmet. Not only is the face plate further from my mouth, allowing better air flow, but the breaths are easily 50% larger in total than with the old helmet. I'm not rebreathing old air! I never got winded last night at all.

Strangely, (because the two helms have very similar oculars) I notice some subtle changes to my visibility, but I'm sure one of those is due to the chinstrap allowing the helm to shift around a bit in ways it will not when the strap is set correctly.

Sitting here less than 24 hours later, I can already feel the muscle stiffness settling into my shoulders. The ball of my right thumb is sore. Someone put a nice bruise just above my right butt cheek and my messenger bag sits right on it when I walk. Ah, good times.

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Free Thursdays

Tonight is the last fight practice at UVa for the year. Between weather, exams and the holidays, attendance gets pretty dicey after this.

But now that I have 3 weeks or so of free Thursdays, if there is anyone local who wants to fill one of them up with projects over at my place, just let me know. We can get some gear done! I'm particularly looking at Danny, Jonathan, Landi and anyone else who will be around over the break.

Other dates are possible to. Talk to me.

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Don't Forget! Isenfir Games Tourney/Demo Saturday

Quick note! Don't be afraid of a rainy forecast, we'll have fun no matter what at the Isenfir Games Tourney/Demo at the Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery this Saturday.

If the weather is too bad to fight, there's always an afternoon of Mead Fighting! I know Caleb is coming up from Virginia Beach. Anyone else planning to make it from out of town?

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