Read The Swim Brief
Now, I try not to give out too much advice in this blog, but here is one very important piece. When flying to another country, crossing six time zones, and then trying to blow right through the time change on your way to a meet, then pondering whether you could possibly inject coffee intravenously for a faster effect, you will probably find yourself battling a headache from the lack of sleep/dehydration from coffee and who knows what else. At this point, you should probably reconsider attending a meet where someone will mercilessly bang a drum not ten feet away from you for hours on end.
Here is a taste of what is was like (and brace yourself, please)