|We are almost there folks. The moment that the hardest core AH players dream about. The 2009 World Championships in Las Vegas. I think competing in this Championship means a lot to me because we missed out on the Texas US Open last Fall. I was really hyped up for that event, and then when it didn't happen, it makes you realize how few opportunities there are for the highest level of competition.
Looking back on how I've improved, I'm happy the US Open didn't happen. I don't think that I'm anywhere close to being as prepared as I am for this upcoming tourney. I wouldn't say there are any monumental improvements, but even if it's only 7-10%, that may mean the difference in an even match with another top player. I would also say that I've gained confidence in new drifts and combos, and when to utilize which. It's sort of like a manager figuring out how to stack his bullpen, and which ones to use at the proper time.
I've been analyzing for the past year what I could do better at this year's tournament to improve upon my finish, or hopefully win it. My opponents that defeated me clearly outplayed me, but here are things overall that I could do better.
I imposed a lot of pressure on myself to perform last year. It is rare that an athlete can simply lift his performance to an ultra high level without the proper preparation. More common is that an athlete's performance will slip a little bit under the microscope, and that is why they train so hard, so when they slip, that level is still very high. Also, there were some high intensity matches being played, and I got sucked into the hype of thinking I had to have an intense demeanor to compete. I'm the opposite, I play better when it looks like I'm about to fall asleep. Anytime I've gotten in trouble the past year, I've just told myself to relax and execute, and that seems to do the trick. I'm focusing on executing on each possession this year, and the rest can take care of itself.
By simply executing and not worrying about monkeys on my back, the game will be more fun. I WILL NOT TURN MYSELF INTO A HEADCASE THIS YEAR. Just play and have fun.
I'm ready, and I'm not taking anyone for granted. Will you be ready to give me your best? I hope so, those are the challenges we are all looking forward to.