Reminds me of a story from my childhood and the words of wisdom of my mother.... My younger sister wanted to play tennis, so one summer my mother signed her up for some sort of tennis tournament that went over the course of several weeks. My sister faithfully showed up to play every game and more than half of her opponents forfeited because they never showed up. My sister ended up taking home a trophy. My mother's words of wisdom? "Just showing up is sometimes enough to win." Always, always always just show up. If you thought you didn't have a leg to stand on and were destined to lose, the worst that can happen is that you lose anyway. The best that can happen is that you win because they don't show up.