Please call me Len.
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There is the defeat in a contest of skills, where one person wins over another - the only defeat there is if the contest is fatal or not or if one allows the loss to eat them up.
Yes it was a contest of skills. I was only concerned with winning. First place was the only option I was willing to settle for.
I did not even attempt to correct myself by asking to perform over. I was sure that I would not be able to take first if I did.
It is amazing how this thought appeared in my mind all within two seconds and the mistake of not going into the correct move caused me to completely forget what that move should have been. When I came to my senses,which seemed like an eternity of time had passed, I inadvertantly jumped over three sets of techniques, just so I could get the thing finished.
After a few weeks to reflect on what happened, I know that my body was moving faster than my brain.
Van was correct when he told me that it was the "chemical cocktail". I was not nervous, but I could not control it. I was at the point where my body wanted to keep going even though my brain didn't know where it should have gone.
I will be better prepared for the next contest. Knowing that this happened once, will make it easier for me to control it the mext time.
Thanks for the encouraging words.