Im guessing this has probably been talked about before and I'm not even sure if this is the right bit of the forum for this but here goes....
I have been fencing for about 7.5 years but up untill a year and a half ago I did not have a regular coach (due to being a long term uni fencer). I started competing in opens just over 2 years go. Since having a coach I have improved and was fairly pleased with my results (reached the dizzying hights of 64 at one point which isnt bad for a social fencer). This season however I appear to have not been so lucky and have slipped quite far dispite competing lots. I have had some akward draws and have suffered to the low entry to comps this year but there is only so much you can blame luck untill you have to look at your fencing and what you can do to push through the slump. I know I have improved and can pull off hits I could only dream of 3 years ago and so it can be incredibly frustrating when I keep on loosing, especially when I loose to someone I should be beating.
Bit more background info: I train at fencing at least twice a week (3 If im not competing or away with work) and get lessons whenever my coach will allow/I can afford. During training I always partake in the footwork exercises and try to fence as many people I can of all abilities. On top of this I try to keep my fitness up by going gym/circuit training/swimming and doing yoga. All in all I exercise at least 5 times a week. I am female 26 and an epeeist. (although have had to dabble in other weapons esp sabre due to being on a uni team for so long).
Can anybody suggest anything I can try to help get me past this slump? More regular lessons, lessons with a different coach, more free fencing, less free fencing, step up the fitness regime, books I can read, more comps, taking a break, focusing on footwork, focusing on blade work, all of the above, keeping what im doing and just being patient... that kind of thing. You guys are the coaches and experts so any opinion will be gratefully recived. Would be nice to pick up my ranking and maybe in a year or so finally break into that top 50 slot.
I cant be the only person to have ever hit the slump.