I am a newly promoted blue belt and was already registered to compete at the New Breed Tournament, and now I was about to compete in my first blue belt competition. Blue belts… ah, the sharks of the mats, yes I said Sharks.
I ended up cutting weight for this one and was a little worried since my hypoglycemia has been on the rise with extra work outs. In fact during practice a week ago I ended up excusing myself to take a glucose tablet, it is the worst feeling in the world to have your body turn to mush and it just wont do what my mind wants… I hate it. I have been eating more foods that will support my condition, and have gained about five extra pounds so cutting weight was inevitable. However, I did cut the weight and weighed in the night before and rehydrated and ate till my heart was content.
The next day at the tournament I was a little worried there wouldn’t be many in the division since there were three other tournaments the same day. But no luck, there would be some top level competition at this tournament, a former white and blue belt world champion along with a seasoned blue belt, and another blue belt from a very well respected Machado school, did I mention the blue belt division is a shark pit?
My memory of my first match is blurred, I know it was fast paced and full of technique and muscle and was against a seasoned blue belt, Emma Rayburn. I absolutely dread competing against the smaller girls, they are fast, squirrelly and can take your back faster than you can blink. I lost the match 4-0, I am anxious to see the video as my memory is blurred with all the action. My second fight was against the Carlos Machado student, and she was another small tough girl, fast, squirrelly and she too took my back. I ended up winning with an arm bar. Now this is where I am a bit upset or felt cheated as a competitor because she did not tap, her coach verbally tapped out for her. She was upset and I was not happy about it, it was a win and I could have gotten it, but a tap from your opponent is ideal not someone else who is on the sidelines.
I won and took 3rd place amongst the Blue Shark Belts!
My husband was ready and knew exactly what to do, we have rehearsed the plans of action, the signs of reactive hypoglycemia and the works. He was on the sidelines and he was ready to refuel me, a glucose tablet after the first match and some Gatorade did the job and I was ready to go! Previously I could compete once and then my body would turn to mush, now we have figured out how to keep me going and I was ready, so relieved. The only thing we think may benefit is the initial match, maybe a dose before but not sure… still working out details. I was eating gummy bears before the matches, getting myself ready and getting some odd looks, who eats gummy bears before a match? I do. We may skip the gummy bears and do a glucose tablet instead next time, its so hard to know what to do, it all revolves around what you ate, what you eat and your adrenaline levels. I would give anything to be able to eat and workout like everyone else, it makes competing twice as hard, fighting my body and someone else at the same time. My silent fight… kicked my hypoglycemia in the butt this time!
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