So here I am in Houston, relaxing at a friend's house, wishing I could eat..
I spent some time watching footage on youtube and facebook. There's 3 girls besides me in my division, 2 of whom are friends from Girls in Gis, though I haven't rolled with them. Because it's an IBJJF tournament, the brackets come out the day before, plus Tara and Leslie are both Alliance chicks, so they're on opposite sides of the bracket. The other girl that I don't yet know is Tracey who comes from Guam. So we all knew that instead of one of us knocking out Tracey in the first round, one of "us three" goes down first. Boo. But... the good thing (ish) is they don't make you fight for 3rd place... so we're all guaranteed a medal, cheesy as double bronzes is. Anyway... so I'm fighting Leslie and Tara's got Tracey. Tracey has a bunch of footage on youtube and facebook so it was pretty easy to research her style-- which is prototypical skinnylonglegs girl jits: pull guard, high lock, triangle-armbar. Unfortunately there's no footage of Leslie or Tara that I could find. Psssh, I'm still playing my game. Yes, Liam, staggered and straight :)
Of course there's 9 of us total in absolute. You don't even want to know the stupid mental gymnastics.
My only question is weight. If I don't make weight it will be by .2 lb and how lame is that?! An $80 tshirt is how lame that is. Today I had very little to eat... an apple, a green salad with some cherry tomatoes and no dressing (surprising how good lettuce can taste), a handful of dried cranberries and a few pecans, a bowl of whole wheat penne and marinara sauce, and yes, I admit it, several spoonsful of chocolate ice cream instead of the chicken breast (sorry Lynn, priorities). Last night I weighed in on the digital scale, gi, regular belt and all, and was spot on, not an ounce to spare. The damn belt weighs .4lb so I borrowed a chintzy karate belt and that shaved .2lb off. We'll see. I hope they let me weigh in early; Gotta be there at 9am for the scorers meeting and my division doesn't go till 1pm. Man, there's gonna be some good blackbelt matches too... Donald Park, Bruno Bastos, Rafael Lovato Jr...
I'll be twittering results as I can, follow georgetteoden there. I don't really know how Twitter works and please don't get me started. I just got tired of sending 64 texts out every time I found out new results.