Monday, February 7, 2011
Abu Dhabi Pro Trials 2011
I left the gym Friday afternoon with my coach to head up to NJ for the weigh-ins. The drive was long but we finally made it. I weighted in and then we were off to our hotel. Our hotel wasn't too bad. I was a little upset that I had to pay an extra $15 for parking, but other than that it was good. I got a good 9-10 hours of sleep and then it was time to head to the tournament!
It was raining (yuck!) and with all the snow they have gotten up north, parking was nearly impossible. There wasn't a parking lot; all street parking...with meters! Finally after driving around for about 15-20 minutes we found a spot about 2 blocks away. We parked and headed to the venue. The tournament started on time and actually ran pretty efficiently. It started with female purple/brown/black belts and male brown/black belts, followed by male purple, then female white/blue and male white/blue.
Overall I took second place in the women's white/blue +63kg division. Not bad, but I don't like to settle for less than first. I definitely need to work on a few things, specially my judo and my open guard. I have a lot to work on these next few weeks. I won't be making the same mistakes in the next tournament.