It’s something we always hope for, but rarely (if ever) actually happens: feeling phenomenal for a tournament. No injuries, well rested, ready to go. I’m sorry to burst anyone’s bubble, but if you have been in the sport for longer than say 8 months to a year, chances are you are going to compete and not feel your best. There’s going to be some nagging injury that is enough for you to go “huh, that doesn’t feel awesome”.
That’s not to say you should go into competition with a serious injury- as much as you may love competition, there comes a point where the risk simply isn’t worth the potential reward, and really you are benefiting yourself in the long run if you just sit this one out and wait for the next competition.
What I’m saying is that there are times when people may feel ‘off’- not seriously injured, but they still train- and that’s sometimes the price we pay when training. It’s a full contact sport, and with that often comes smaller bumps and injuries just from day to day training.
Ultimately it’s up to you, the competitor: if you are in enough pain and you are worried about it enough, then by all means, sit that competition out and wait for the next one to roll around. But keep in mind the times where you are completely, 100% pain free will be few and far in between.
Have a great day everyone!