I've been doing it for a few years, but the feeling remains the same. It never fails to feel like how it felt during the first time. Tidur tak lena, makan tak kenyang, mandi tak basah. That sunking feeling deep inside the stomach. The inability to indulge in great food when they're right in front of you, the inability to sleep the night before, or even during 'it'.
Ladies and Gentleman, that is the effect of a debating tournament towards me.