I have spent most of today lying in bed and trying to sleep off this sickly crud but, thus far, it has worked very little in my favor. Hoping I feel better by tomorrow. It doesn’t help that I am also sore all over from the tournament…I didn’t even know I used these muscles! So I guess an update on the tournament on Saturday is in order…well, first, I did not win… 😦 I was pretty disappointed.
There was only one other girl in my weight class and only 6 total in the women’s division. The girl I went with easily had 20 to 25 lbs on my 100 (well, my weigh-in the previous night said 104) lbs. While preparing for the tournament, one of the things that terrified me was possible take-downs. They are not my strong suit and so my coach and I discussed just pulling guard, so that’s what I did. In my head, I was thinking of how things should progress: pull guard, sweep, take mount, and submit. So naturally, I tried to sweep, until I heard my coach telling me to close my guard again…too late! She was already working to pass my guard and so I scrambled to get my guard back. She started working to pass my guard again and I had a triangle so I went for it. We somehow ended up with her on top of her head and I could hear my coach telling me to get on top but I could not seem to push her all the way over and lost the triangle. The rest of the match consisted of her in dominant positions, like side control and mount, and me struggling to get my guard back. It seemed she was trying to choke me out with my right arm over my neck for the better part of the time and even tried a kimura but neither seemed to hurt and so I didn’t tap. It lasted the full 5 minutes and she won by points. And because there were only two of us, I went home with a silver medal…kind of feels like a joke to me but I guess I’ll take it. I am at least proud of myself for fighting the full 5 minutes and not giving up or tapping at my first tournament but I do wish I could have done better, but now I know the things I need to work on when I get back in the gym…which will hopefully be tomorrow! 🙂
I had high expectations for this tournament, which in truth was probably not fair to myself because this was my first tournament and I am still learning so much. I was incredibly embarrassed that the first thing I did when I stepped off that mat was start tearing up…what was that about?!?! I have read these other incredible women blog about frustration coming out in tears and it has been one thing that I have dreaded and feared and sure enough, it has happened to me. 😦 Saturday had a couple of firsts for my coach, first woman to compete and first children to compete…I was hoping to make it really memorable. I was so nervous before the tournament that I could barely hold conversations with people. At least now my first is out of the way and next time, hopefully, I will feel more confident and be even better prepared.
Speaking of next time…I received a text from my coach Saturday night while I was resting, since that is when I really started feeling all of this crud coming on, saying he has me lined up to do a no-gi match with a girl who is 105 lbs in June during the prelims for a MMA fight event. I am not sure that I am prepared for something like this. The idea of going against someone my own size is unbelievably tempting; however, I rarely, and by rarely I do mean almost never, train no-gi…gi is my passion…I am not sure what to do without a gi! Still mulling it over and going to talk to my coach more about it…we shall see….