“If the systems involved in energy production can generate ATP (the fuel your muscles run on) fast enough and for long enough, then you have good conditioning. If they can’t…well then you gas out”
– Joel Jamieson, Ultimate MMA Conditioning
I decided to challenge myself by enrolling at the national championships. It was a decision which I thought long and hard. Then I discussed with my coach and he agreed that I was ready and I had some aces in my sleeve. I trained rigorously, both technically and in terms of fitness and nutrition. I must admit that the days before the match I was very anxious. Not afraid to lose, but to lose face, as Thais say. In fact I was eliminated in the first round. The match was three rounds. In the first round, by all accounts (even the coach of my opponents) have dominated. But midway through the second round I started not being able to pull shots clearly. In the third round I was a horrible moving target (and not so mobile). Going down the ring I felt terrible. I felt that I had let my coach, my friends and training partners. I could not, and still can not, understand how it happened. I devoted a significant part of my Strength training and conditioning with sprint hill twice a week. And progress has seemed remarkable. I did not imagine I could be more ready than that on the physical plane. But I was wrong. I will continue to think about what may have gone wrong, what I eat or not eat. The only consolation the guy who defeated me won the tournament: it is not the first time that happens. It 'a consolation and also my coach says that since I gave him a hard time for half of the match I would have been able to compete with opponents of the semifinals and the finals. A good aspect of martial arts you can lose against someone but from then on, your opponent is just another person with the same interests and then become his supporter. Would you want him to win, because if you have been defeated at least want to think it was the best of all to do so. So as I try to shed light on the reasons for this loss I also see that in the end I was not out of place. I belonged to that tournament. I have seen with the most talented and I come out after all head on. And this leads me only to do more. Not only in training but in all fields of life. Sure train more, but also work harder, study more, love more live longer.