It’s Saturday morning. The North American championships start at 1 pm and the second session is at 7:30. We moved hotels yesterday to be right at the championships so we can rest easily between sessions. We had an earlier night last night, slept in a little and are ready. Preparation is over.
One thing I have learned over the years is that you can only do what you can do when preparing for a big event. In the short few months since we unexpectedly won the right to be here, we have progressed dramatically as bridge players. But that is all behind us now. All we can do today is stay positive and play to the best of our ability. As long as we do that, this experience will be a success. We cannot get caught up in winning or losing – we simply need to stay focused and play.
We know the competition is stiff. The competition was stiff when we won the right to be here. I titled this blog The Calm Before the Storm which is fitting since a bad winter storm (even though it is officially spring) is headed for St. Louis. We’re accustomed to snow storms so it won’t bother us but it might unnerve some of our competition (or not J).
So here is my final blog until the competition concludes. If you are reading this, thank you for connecting with us by sharing our journey.
As Jeff said this morning, “We may be playing in flight “C” but we can bring our “A” game to the tables!” I couldn’t agree more. Mostly, we can live the experience to the fullest. I think we have already done that!
John Hindle, The Contact HitterShare