I feel I am finally getting old. I am now the only heavyweight above 36 years of age in my Judo Club, and next month I am going to be in the masters age group of a competition for the first time. I have not competed in major tournaments like this (state level) for about six years. Actually, in the last six years, due to studies and work obligations, my Judo training has been very irregular (unfortunately, because I like Judo very much).
I am still a 2nd kyu, and I have not been promoted since December 2006. I know I am going to fight many experienced judokas, most of them yudansha. However, for what I have seen in other competitions, I also guess that many of them are in bad shape.
So, I suppose I have to focus on my aerobic conditioning rather than any other aspect of training, since I cannot match them in technical skills. What do you think? Am I wrong? I would appreciate any advice.
Thank you very much!