Did my first competition today Las Vegas Nationals Summer Showdown - Saturday July 24th, 2010 Competed in Men's novice-- I was weighed in at the 180-189 division, but they ended up combining some of the weights. I felt great about my weighin-- I have lost about 20 lbs in the past 2 months, this is the lightest I have ever been! First match: guy comes out and immediately jumps guard and starts working for an armbar. This is definitely my weakest area -- top guard. I get caught in training on the time from here. He gets the armbar, and we fight a bit. I stack him and he goes belly down and cranks hard, but I manage to slip my arm out -- I probably should have tapped, and am already having some pain in the elbow, but am sure it will be fine in a few days -- after getting out of the armbar he immediately transitions to a triangle, and I fight for a few minutes, but can't get out and have to tap after only about 1.5 minutes. After that, I felt spent; I have never felt so tired after such a short time-- adrenaline dump I guess? I was definitely feeling pretty nervous before the match. They call me back for a second match, and this one goes a little better. I fight off a takedown for a bit, but eventually he gets me down and I start working my guard game, which in training is typically where I am best. I'm just not feeling it though-- I am tired, and can't really think straight on what I want to do. After a few minutes, I eventually shoot up a sloppy triangle which he easily blocks and uses to pass my guard. I go on the defensive and we fight for a bit, we roll and he locks in a triangle but it isn't tight. We stay in that position for a bit, and I am stuck but shoot my legs up and get him in like an inverted triangle, and that is where time ends and I lost on points (takedown + pass). All in all it was dissapointing to do so poorly, but a good experience. After the second match my entire body was jello-- I could barely open the cap on my water. I'm hoping that next tournament I will do better and won't have the same reaction to the competition.