Yesterday I competed in a martial arts tournament to get some much needed competition practice before I head off the Gay Games. Because I wanted to get as much practice as I could, I entered 6 events (usual tournament entry is only 3 events). This was pure madness on my part, cause whilst I did get lots of practice, I was absolutely exhausted afterwards and now everything hurts. I also have some great bruises developing, including one on my leg which was covered by a shin guard. I have no recollection of being kicked so hard it would cause me to bruise under my guard.
Of the 6 events I entered, I placed in 4 of them – 2nd place in soft forms, veteran sparring and beginners/intermediate sparring and 3rd in hard forms. I was happy with that, but now there is no more room on the mantelpiece for any more trophies.
Just one more day before I fly out to the Gay Games. I have so much work to get through tomorrow that it is bordering on ridiculous. I really hope that I’m going to get through it all. Then tomorrow night, I’m off to the Sydney Opera House to see Stephen Fry. I have been a big fan of his since I was six and watching A Bit of Fry & Laurie with my dad.
Therefore, all my packing needs to get done tonight. I have done the majority of it, but because it has been raining and is cold and damp here, none of my clothes are drying. I really hope that they are dry by midday Wednesday when I need to head to the airport.
So much is going on at the moment that it is all chaotic. I’m looking forward to my 3.5 weeks overseas where I can relax and take things easy, before the insanity kicks back in again on my return home.