Thursday, March 29, 2012

I Had No Idea What Hard Training Was

I used to think I knew what hard training was and how to prepare for a tournament. Now that I've seen people put in 7-8 hr days, 5 days a week, and a couple hours on Saturday and sometimes Sunday, I realize I had no idea. To go in there training once a day 5 days a week. And that was a lot compared to others. Even if you train twice a day, 4 hours a day isn't the same as 7-8 hours. And you have to compete against those guys. And even if you beat one of them, you got more of them to beat in your bracket and though you got past the last one, he tired you the hell out and you didn't dominate him, you "caught" him. Now you are dead tired. If you're lucky you get paired against someone who trains 3 times a week.

But if you are one of those guys who put in that amount of time before the tournament, you go in there not feeling like you have to beat those monsters. You go in there knowing you ARE one of those monsters. And if you trained harder than everyone else, you are THE MONSTER, the one everyone has to beat. But they have no chance. Because they didn't put in the time like you did.

It's really won in the preparation. And I thought 2-4 hours a day 5-6 days a week was a lot. And if I didn't do well I would get frustrated because I "trained so hard." I had no idea. But you can't be mad, the guy who beat you did train his ass off.

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