There’s been a change in my plans for the competition on Saturday, it looks like I’m going to have a coach after all. Amy volunteered to drive to Omaha to coach me, and there was no way I was going to turn her down! I’m actually very relieved.

Amy’s coaching style is a really good fit for me, and I know I will be much more calm with her there. She always seems to know just exactly what to say to help me, without making me feel pressured. I think she also knows my grappling style better than anyone else, and so her advice is custom-tailored to suit my strengths and weaknesses. The first time she coached me, she asked me what I thought her most important job was, and I said “Just keep me breathing and moving forward”, and she does that very well.

I was curious to find out how I would have done on my own, but that question can still be answered another day. I’m so grateful that Amy wants to be there for me, and I know we make a great team. If only I could tag her, and have her take over halfway through!

That is…providing that I will even be competing at all. I seem to have come down with some kind of icky sickness. I’m feeling pretty miserable right now, and I’m just hoping it goes away before Saturday. Submitting my opponent by drowning them in mucus or vomit was not exactly the fight I had in mind. Oh well, nothing I can do about it, that’s just the way it is.

On a happier note, despite being sick I am in a great mental state and I really hope I’m able to compete. I feel completely ready for it, in every way.

“Stand back if you frightened.
Yeah! Get back cause we fighting!”

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