Hey guys. In another post of mine, I mentioned that I'd be attending the Bud World Cup, last Saturday. It was my first tournament. I made the mistake of not eating all day, because I figured my division would be coming up anytime. I didn't realize how long the tournament would last. I was the very last prelim match of the day. I drew a 4 stripe white belt that was about 6 inches shorter than me and freakin strong as a bull. He couldn't submit me, but def. won on points. I'm fairly happy considering I've been taking about 7 months now, but only twice a week. I gassed very quickly, but I believe most of that was due to the nothing to eat or drink for 8hrs. As soon as I lost guard, I just didn't have anything in the tank, and I'm usually VERY well conditioned. I'm extremely glad I competed, even though I lost. I have learned so many things from stepping out there on the mat, and I feel I'll be much better prepared next tournament, as long as I pay attention to some things I noticed: 1. MUST eat. I'm pretty sure this is why I gassed like I did. I think if I had ate something, I'd have made it a much more interesting match. 2. My conditioning sucked major ass compared to some of the guys there. I must get better. 3. I must either get a lot stronger, or maintain strength and drop to a lower weight class. Welter weight is too much in the middle to be a weak fighter. Must fix this. 4. The pace is much faster and more intense in a tournament than I expected. I know this now and it won't take my by surprise. 5. There are some sandbagging sons of bitches, but oh well. 6. First tournament jitters out of the way. I'm confident that I'll now go into each tourney with a different mindset. Here's the link guys: http://s50.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=28IDCBUCVOK8032Y70IX3W72OL I know I got schooled, but any comments/observations are def. appreciated.