|ok, how do I really feel about my finishing runner up?
Mixed bag of feelings. Haven't been down on myself at all, which is good. i was pretty tired physically and mentally by the time i got to ehab. there was also a long break, went and iced my arm, got a little too relaxed. i had the same feeling as when i placed 97th at the wsop. as soon as they announced, congrats, you've made the top 100, i caved in mentally. that might have been one of the biggest mistakes. with ehab, i just didn't believe i was going to overcome him in two sets, so my mind was already giving in. when he scored the championship point at 6-6, i applauded right away, which shows sportsmanship, but what it tells me is that i was ready to lose. if i really wanted that point and the match, i would've cried or something or shown disbelief and anguish. at my age, i'm just not ready to play the equivalent of back to back challenge matches against the toughest players in the world. that's what it feels like to try to make a run through the losers. when i won in 07 in the winners, i played like 12 games and then rested for 4 hours while keith had to run the gauntlet just to get to me.
so that's how i'm going to train for this next championship, play 2-3 challenge matches consecutively. hopefully sunday afternoon won't feel so daunting if i happen to find myself in the losers. how's that for preparation?
man, did keith mess my tournament up or what? :) first he beats me for like the first time in 10 sets, and makes me use almost all my mojo to beat him the next match. i was so worried about players like keith and brian, who i've had long winning streaks against. i figured it was just a matter of time before they got a set from me. hopefully keith's set is out of the way now, and we can start another long streak. i hope to avoid brian this next tourney, maybe he'll get me at a smaller tourney sometime in the future.