Today was the first "down" day in quite a while - if you can call getting up at 3:15am, catching a 6am flight, and flying halfway across the country "down" time. But it was the first day that I haven't done a sit-up, gotten a bruise, ended up on a stair-climber or a treadmill, climbed a mountain, or otherwise done something physical in quite a while. I needed the break.
At some point this afternoon I lay down on my bed in the fetal position and woke up several hours later. Now THAT was much needed.
I brought my scale with me and just before dinner I was almost exactly on weight which is where I want to be. We'll see how it looks in the morning, but I'm already planning to do a light workout workout in the morning so dropping a pound or two if I need to isn't a big deal. These last two nights I've gotten home from my workouts and have been totally exhausted. It's nice to NOT feel that way tonight.
I've got a headgear that I didn't use in the last tournament but usually use during practice. Last night I sparred for a while without it and the guy I was wrestling with kneed on my hair and a big clump of it came ripping out. Ouch. I''m thinking that there will be a headgear in my future from this time on.
My goals for this tournament are relatively modest, I think. First and foremost I hope that neither I nor any of my opponents get hurt. If you watch the video of the finals at the Nationals you'll see people all taped up and bloody. One of the women finalists separated her shoulder during her match. It can get pretty messy to force someone's body into positions it doesn't want to go in.
As with the Nationals I'd like to win a match. Or better yet - two. But they key to this entire thing is that (a) many of these athletes are very, very talented (b) having to compete several times in the same day is harder as you get older and (c) I'm a realist. It's cliche to say "just being here is a victory" but in this case it's very true. I can think of so many reasons why I shouldn't be here. But here I am.
And, I hope that things stay low-key. I thought they did a great job with things in Cleveland so if they can do similarly here I'll be thrilled.
From the "It's a BIG DEAL" Department, the US Government today announced that surgery is no longer a requirement to getting your gender marker changed on your passport. (Details here). This is a huge deal and is bound to have all kinds of repercussions. It's another of those things that tend to somehow get overlooked in the bigger scheme of things but as far as I'm concerned this is as significant a move as anything currently road blocked in Congress. Congratulations and thanks to all those who worked behind the scenes to make this happen. Make no mistake - this didn't happen by itself.
Time for bed. Tomorrow is going to be a busy day.