Yesterday, I decided to get some advice from one of my friends, Mike B, a blue belt from the school. I bounced the idea of competing in some upcoming tournaments in January and February.
The discussion about competing lead to a couple of topics:
1) My home life is still unpredictable with the new born and parenting. This would impact my training and preparation for the tournament
2) I am currently not in “Competing shape” I have managed to lose a step or two and gain a pound or 10 during my hiatus while doing my fatherly duties at home.
If I compete on January 28th, the tournament weight class is 200-215lbs, I am currently 228lbs. That means at least 13 lbs in 5 weeks, which is doable.
As far as the training aspect goes, I believe a good 3-4 rolling and drilling sessions per week would get make me for more comfortable for the tournament. The only issue with training is I will miss spending time with my daughter and would be putting extra burden on my already stressed out wife.
The upcoming NAGA in Atlanta is February 18th, and seems to be a little more feasible as far as me competing. The only issue with this is that there will be a lot more fairly skilled opponents than me, and right now, I just do not think my technique or cardio will be on point to handle the 5-minute rounds.
The academy is closed starting 12/22 and will re-open at the beginning of the New Year.
That is 10 days not rolling, but I can do some drills at the house or something. I am having a conflict part of me want to compete, and the other half of there is a that little bit of doubt and fear in my current capabilities.
I have set a deadline to try to have answer for myself by January 18th for the tournament coming up on January 28th. I think this will be enough time to try and evaluate my rolling and conditioning. And as for the NAGA in Atlanta, I am going to play that one by ear and try to train enough to make sure I can compete.
Any suggestions as to what to do?