Yesterday I played in the first (non-club) tournament I’ve played in for over 20 years. And I was terrible – unfocused and lost everything. I do not have a gifted level of skill. I should have been more mentally prepared. Physically I was not tired or flagging, but I wasn’t performing perfectly.
Which is just fine. From horse husbandry to auto racing to whatever sport you choose: competition improves the breed. I now know what areas I need to focus on. It isn’t the fitness, it’s the technical. I have some tips, and will start to analyse more.
Hopefully, I can do better at the next one!