First BJJ comp today and I gassed like a mofo, any tips?
Had my first competition today (Gi), I was in the white belt novice division (Under 9 months) 82 - 88kg.I haven't been training Gi or Stand-up in general, as I have had a lot of problems with my elbows but that aside I was fairly confident going in, over the last few weeks my game has been getting more and more solid. Feeling a lot freer in my movements. My strength is my half guard.
So my first match, I scored the takedown, the guy moved straight into my half guard (lockdown) which I thought was great but then it just felt like he was too strong for me, the moves were there but I just didn't have the energy, he eventually moved to my back and I didn't even have the desire to keep fighting.
I was bit bummed because after that I had one round break and then had to fight a new fresh guy, that match was even worse, exact same thing happened, I thought I was going to throw up. By the end of it I couldn't talk for 5 minutes.
**** thing was those guys were both from the same gym and they didn't go to submission on the next match, one just said the other could have it and ended the match but that doesn't take away from my shitty cardio.
I thought I was ok but obviously I am not, and this is more than just adrenaline dump. The last few weeks before the comp my cardio has just felt like its getting worse, I was sick this week but I think thats not the whole problem.
So I would like to get an idea how you can measure your readiness for a competition. There must be a rough way to gauge stamina levels, and have a minimum for a round at a BJJ comp.
The other thing is my diet, I didn't drink for the two weeks leading up to this and outside of that I don't drink much anyway. What diets are working for you guys out there. There are some many options these days Paleo etc, it would be good to hear whats working for you guys right now.
I train 3 days a week, I did initially train more but it aggravated my elbows, they feel like they are coming good, so I might be able to add another day.
I want to compete again but I don't want to feel like that again, at least not just after one round.