I started the day with 30K and ended with 19.5K. It was a really uneventful day, I played a lot of small pots and my chip stack was always between 19 and 35K. My chip counts were:
Level 3 - 27K
Level 5 - 22K
Level 7 - 26.5K
Level 8 - 34K
I ended up losing about 10K in a hand towards the end where I flopped a flush draw and gut-shot straight draw vs. top pair and failed to improve.
The level of competition in this tournament is very strong. There were several good online players including an EPT champ and Marcel Luske at my table today. It only gets tougher from here but my decisions will at least be easy to start day 2 due to being short-stacked. Blinds will start at 500-1000 and with 20 big blinds I'll be looking for spots to reraise all-in.
I have a day off tomorrow while the second half of the field plays and then Day 2 on Wed., I'll have another update then.