Summer Fencing

Hi! I’m Julia, a Dragonwing ambassador. My summers have been known to be very busy, and this coming summer is no exception. I start by going to Dallas, Texas, for fencing summer nationals, where I will be fencing in four events. Each event is long and tiring, so I am lucky that they are each two days apart.

To help me survive the exhausting events, I wear my light, breathable Dragonwing clothes that keep me comfortable and performing my best. In Dallas, any time I don’t spend competing will be spent rehabilitating my knee injury or resting.

After Dallas, I have three days at home until I go to Massachusetts for a month for a journalism program and then a marine biology program, two of my favorite subjects. Lastly, I’ll be going to Poland for ten days for a fencing program with many fencers who belong to the same fencing club as me. There, we will do more intense training after a month-long break, and I will have my Dragonwing clothes to keep me cool and comfortable. 

In a previous blog post, I talked about my knee injury and my “Road to Recovery.” It took nearly a year, but I am now back to training and competing as much as I ever did. However, I will have to continue physical therapy in order to keep training as frequently and intensively as I can.

julia

Making the Most of Summer’s Last Days

Hello Dragonwing friends!

Recently my rock climbing team had a friendly – and super fun — competition hosted by our gym. I ended up taking 5th out 10 people, which wasn’t my best but still good.

Dragonwing Teen Ambassador Madi rock climbing at gym

Summer has been flying by way too quickly. By the time you read this, I’ll be back in school! I’ve been shopping like crazy getting school clothes and supplies, but I’m most excited to wear my Dragonwing Racer Sports Bra because it’s the most comfy one I own!

I made the best of my last days of summer break by climbing more and enjoying swimming and hiking. A couple of weeks ago, I invited a friend to go camping with my family and do a 12 mile hike. We both loved it! We passed 3 beautiful lakes and a bunch of mini waterfalls on our way to the top.

Dragonwing Teen Ambassador Madi & friend next to lake in Colorado mountains

This summer has treated me so great that I’m fine with it ending because there’s not much I didn’t accomplish. Until next time, when I’m in school!

What were some of YOUR favorite summer memories? Leave a comment!

Hiking, Camping & Rock Climbing (oh my!)

The first week of July was the best of the summer yet!

My sister Savannah had a horse show last week. My family and I camped at the show in our camper for the whole week!

While we were there, we swam until our fingers turned into raisins. Later, we walked around the town and, of course, watched her show. After the show, we had one more day before we had to leave.

On that last day, we were daring (and maybe a bit crazy) and took a hike with nothing! It wasn’t a smart decision on our part but luckily it was only a half mile. My Dragonwing Half-Tee Sports Top was great under my tank top.

My Dragonwing Half-Tee Sports Top was great for my July hike in the mountains.

On 4th of July weekend, our family decided to go hiking again and be prepared. This time, it was a four-mile hike, and we ventured off into another trail once we finished the first one. That night, we watched fireworks and all had the best sleep ever.

Madi rock climbing

During our trip, I was away from rock climbing for a week, and I’m so glad to have started back up again. We started the week with hangboard and a big workout.

This is a great summer already! What have YOU been doing?

 

Summer Fun

My school year ended on May 28. Our last day was a Student Appreciation Day where the students played outside and danced. I’m so happy school is out, and I’ve got a summer-long break from waking up early and doing homework every night.

One of my favorite parts of 7th grade was a class trip to the Wildlife Sanctuary. We got flooded super bad, but we bonded with each other a lot. One of my least favorite parts of 7th grade was PARCC testing.

But on to summer! My family is planning to spend a lot of time visiting my cousins in Nebraska and camping. As for right now, I’ve had lots of summer fun already — going to the Mint and swimming a lot!

What are you doing this summer? Tell me in the comments.

Dragonwing teen ambassador Madi and sister jumping into pool