i took 9th in a freeroll last week, 4 times during this tourny i did not have enough to play the blinds when they came around, i had to chip up just to survive the blinds. in no limit holdem, especially when the blinds really start to get high, so much can happen. i have seen chip leader out in 3 hands. people with nothing bounce back to 3rd - 4th in couple hands. you really have to believe in a chip and a chair because it is true. i am only a beginner yet, but i have played endless tournies, not only freerolls
i have bankrolled enough a couple times to get up to $5 + 0.50 mtt's, i just love building something from nothing on a new site, much more fun for me than just throwing down $50 and playing micro-limits. even this new to poker i have faith in my own game to play short-stack, middle-stacked, high-stacked. deeper i get into a tourny alot more depends on who is in the pot, what sized stack, than the actual cards, that 9th i took, i did not always have the best hand, you have to play the people not just the cards. have confidence in your game, all that other crap will fade away.