Dallas Invitationals: Days 1 and 2

DAY ONE: DEPARTURE

Thursday, November 19th, three of our Cal Judo collegiate competitors met at the Downtown Berkeley BART station to head to SFO.

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Joey Kroeger, Anne Suzuki, and Cassandra Tang (yours truly) departed from SFO, accompanied by Anne’s personal coach, Cal alum Dylan Blackburn.

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It was a smooth flight, and we checked in to our hotel at 9PM, ready for some shut-eye before weigh-ins the next day.

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DAY TWO: WEIGH-INS

Friday. Weigh-ins. Skip breakfast. Meet in the lobby for a light workout.

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Then, we go for a practice weigh-in, just to see where we stand. So far, everyone is just under the limit. After showering, we trek over humongous intersections and sometime-non-existent sidewalks to shop for groceries at the nearest Safeway. There, we buy and eat a light lunch.

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(I wanted cake. They didn’t let me get cake. Being three kilos under I still think I should’ve gotten the cake.) Then, we meandered back to the hotel.

We waited around until we joined the masses – well, Joey joined the masses; Anne and I joined the significantly shorter, women’s line – to weigh in. While at weigh-ins, we bumped into a Cal alum, Scott, who was there to compete as well. So after weigh-ins, the five of us walked to dinner. Yay, Italian!

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After dinner, we parted ways with Scott and returned to the hotel. It was time to get some rest…

 

TO BE CONTINUED…

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