Breakthrough or negligence?
I'm just not quite sure how or what to think about this. Played at the local Harrah's last night in a 40 man MTT - $50 BI.
I took down second for a nice little cash. Nothing unusual. I expect to be at the final table when I go. My worst finish in the last 6 months was 14th.
"But enough about me, let's talk about you - what do you think about me?"
Sorry, I digress.
After each tournament I review the events of the tourney in my head for about an hour - trying to find where I might have messed up.
In my retrospective I realized I played the whole tournament almost without thinking. I mean I was totally aware of what was going on around me, flop textures, players tendencies, remaining stacks, etc. But before all of this was on a very conscious level. I could have written word for word complete sentences and paragraphs based on what was going on in my head as I evaluated what was going on. It just all seemed to be on auto-pilot. I can't really say I got great cards ALL night. Pocket Tens (which was folded preflop after being hit by a huge reraise), pocket Kings (got no action on my reraise to limpers), pocket Aces (late - took out the bubble at FT). Big slick 3 times (folded one preflop after an all in when the blinds were only 100). Pretty good, but not phenomenal. Most of my chip stack was acquired through just plain old aggression.
So I don't know if I should be concerned about this or celebrate it as a break through to another level or maybe just a once in a while "in the zone" thing. Keep in mind I just passed 2 years since my first ever hold em game so I am a rookie. I do study my ass off and I play about a thousand hands a week (all tourney for the last few months).
So my question is to you long time serious players - did I just have a break through or was I flirting with disaster and need to pull my head out?