How to go from second place with 30 of 95 left to out in 25th:
lose four consecutive races all-in preflop.
Signs and portents that the tournament won't go your way:
get a walk with AA and KK during the first hour and a half & win the blinds with no action with AA #2;
run AA #3 into flopped quads (but lose the minimum).
Slowplay QQ in a blind battle into oblivion.
Perhaps I can make another final table next week. I would really like to win a ToC seat soon.
NB. Congrats to Alan for taking it down. He played patient poker and really played a great HU match to grind out the victory.