Adam Maczik Kicks Off His Season in Argentina!
Adam is our only Men's Epee fencer whose seeding qualifies him to represent the US at international senior events. He kicks off his first World Cup for the season with a trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina, and we're excited to hear about it!
Q: How did you prepare for this event?
As always, I was incredibly excited and humbled to be invited to participate in such an event. While getting time to train has been difficult given my work schedule, I prepared as best I could for it. My routine going into a high level event usually starts a week before the actual event. I start making sure that I don't have too many late nights and I also make sure that I am drinking plenty of fluids and eating healthy. At the club, I try and focus on sharp bouts of 5 or 15 points and I make a point of doing extra stretching after each practice during that week. I also try and watch as much high level fencing as possible before I travel- both of the international world class fencers that I might be competing against as well as videos of myself fencing at a high level. Watching videos of when I am fencing really well helps put me in the mindset that produced those results.
Q: Do you see a clear distinction between the style of Men's Epee fencing at world level as compared to that in the US?
Fencing on the international level is pretty different as compared to the domestic level. The fencers are all better prepared, more athletic and better technically. Most difficult though is that the pace of adaptation at world level is significantly faster than the domestic level. Fencers and their coaches see trends faster, pick up weaknesses quicker and exploit openings earlier. It is pretty impressive and whenever I can keep up with that pace, I feel pretty accomplished.
Q: How will this experience impact your preparation for the next event?
I finished the competition making it out of pools and losing my first direct elimination to a Venezuelan fencer. It was a disappointing loss but one that I can take information from. I plan on using the tournament to drive my training in a few specific ways over the coming months.
Q: Tell us about Argentina, and if you've got $10,000 to spend in 2 days, what would you spend it on?
I competed in Buenos Aires 3 years ago and it was exciting to be back in the city. I stayed at the same hotel as my last trip and was thrilled to learn that the ravioli shop around the corner was still in operation. They have fantastic fresh made lamb ravioli. I also made sure to eat lots of steak from a place about 5 minutes from the hotel. Bacon wrapped ribeye is delicous. If I had $10,000 to spend in 2 days in Argentina, I would probably have lots of steak, lots of Malbec and hit up a number of salsa dance clubs. While it is a bit pricey to fly, once you are in Argentina it can be pretty cheap and a great place to vacation and have a good time. I only wish I could have brought Cassandra with me, but if that happened, we may not have come back!