Midnight Rider Training Journal Part II

Part II in the ongoing training journal by the Midnight Rider from Part Unknown. Full discussion available on the World RPS Bullboards

Inside the Lion's DenTraining report:  Last Wednesday was my first day of real training.  I went three for three across all the major styles I'll encounter during Hell Week:  three-prime tournament style, two-prime tournament style, and two-prime Hustler.  Again, I'm not choosing the style, but trusting in my training partner to tweak the training for my utmost benefit.  My training partner, Fattyus Maximus, has refused my offer of a percentage of tournament winnings, instead preferring to be paid in "props." 

I have already learned a few things about my limitations.  First off, I have a really hard time deploying verbal tactics in conjunction with two-prime.  Parts Unknown is a three-prime town, and the verbal centers of my brain seem to be pre-occupied with maintaining a two-prime count.  Also, it is very difficult to revert to three-prime after playing a few two-prime matches.  As training continues, I expect to overcome these shortcomings. 

Maximus also makes use of an innovative new training method, which I'm going to call...READ MORE

Part II in the ongoing training journal by the Midnight Rider from Part Unknown. Full discussion available on the World RPS Bullboards

Inside the Lion's Den

Training report:  Last Wednesday was my first day of real training.  I went three for three across all the major styles I'll encounter during Hell Week:  three-prime tournament style, two-prime tournament style, and two-prime Hustler.  Again, I'm not choosing the style, but trusting in my training partner to tweak the training for my utmost benefit.  My training partner, Fattyus Maximus, has refused my offer of a percentage of tournament winnings, instead preferring to be paid in "props." 

I have already learned a few things about my limitations.  First off, I have a really hard time deploying verbal tactics in conjunction with two-prime.  Parts Unknown is a three-prime town, and the verbal centers of my brain seem to be pre-occupied with maintaining a two-prime count.  Also, it is very difficult to revert to three-prime after playing a few two-prime matches.  As training continues, I expect to overcome these shortcomings. 

Maximus also makes use of an innovative new training method, which I'm going to call "Channeling."  Elite RPS players have always bemoaned the fact that training against each other does little to prepare them for tournament competition against average to below-average players.  The problem is that you tend to over-estimate your opponents in actual competition, which, as Maximus reminds us, is worse than underestimating them.  Instead of Maximus playing as Maximus, he instead "channels" the strategy of average to below-average players, the suckers you usually see showing up at a tournament without a shred of preparation.  In doing this, he gives me a chance to play against the drunk idiots, the simple-minded cretins and the average Joes and Janes without leaving the comfort of the Lion's Den.  Pretty good training, if you ask me.

Yesterday was day two.  I succeeded again in a two-prime Hustle, but lost out on a three-prime tournament style.  The Hustle was a knock-down drag-out affair, but Maximus informed me that he was using his own style and strategy in the tournament style, instead of channeling an inferior opponent.  By alternating light days and heavy days in this way, I can train at a high average level without as great of a risk of injury.

As my training continues, I expect I will get a clear picture of the specific styles in which I am strongest at this time.  This will help me prioritize my bouts during Hell Week.  If things continue as they are now, I may find that I'm generally stronger at two-prime Hustler.  Fine with me; I expect to come back to Parts Unknown with quite a few "Hustler Dollars" in my pocket.  Let's say I find out that I'm stronger in two-prime than three-prime, or vice versa.  This will tell me where I should focus the bulk of my energies between the two tournaments in which I'll be competing.  As always, a nickel spent on training gives you a dime in results.