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first highland games experience!

Postby wannalift » Sat Apr 23, 2005 11:11 pm

i unexpectedly competed in the 8th annual Scottish games at my university today. bad weather so not too many showed up but it was a blast to say the least. all weights used were considerable less than the standard. here's how it went.

-event 1: bail toss. i sucked at this. didn't have good technique at all and tried to use pure strength. result, last place.

-event 2: stone throw. tried every technique and had my best throw barrel style.

-event 3: caber toss. super fun event. got the heavy one to go at 12 o'clock. then tried the longer one that was about the same weight and could barely even hold it up. my roomate was the only one who flipped it and almost got it to 12.

-event 4: weight throw. being a huge throwing fan i couldn't wait to tackle this one. very wet grass/mud so it was hard to spin (but i did anyway). my best throw was 29' 1" with a 35 lb weight. good enough for 2nd place!!!

-event 5: hammer throw (as in sledgehammer). no spins allowed on this and i managed to heave it 74 feet. missed 2nd place by less than a foot. i made sure to let out the biggest scream i could once the hammer was launched. very powerful feeling.

-event 6: weight for height (35 lb weight). i was terrible at this. couldn't even make it over the lowest rung.

oh well. finished the day in 4th place (out of 5 competitors) and probably missed 2nd place by my poor showings in the bail and weight for height tosses. right now i am completely exhausted and never felt better. i can see why ryan and jon have their own kilts.
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Postby JP » Sun Apr 24, 2005 8:29 am

fantastic, that sounds like a great time you had there!

So all events were throw of some sort? Some kind of weight carrying event would have been good there as well.
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Postby Pete » Sun Apr 24, 2005 12:02 pm

That sounded like a right laugh :D
You did great considering you weren't prepared, practiced in the events etc. Have you got the highland bug now :?: Should we be having a whip round at VF for a kilt & bagpipes (you can get vegan ones, so I'm told), for your next outing :lol:
I don't suppose there were any pics of you in action were there :?:
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Postby tylerm » Sun Apr 24, 2005 5:41 pm

That sounds awesome. Don't know much about Scottish games but it sure sounds fun. I should keep my eyes open for something like that around here, that would be a blast
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Postby sensless » Mon Apr 25, 2005 1:28 pm

That sounds like a blast, good job!

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Postby Frostfire » Mon Apr 25, 2005 1:30 pm

Nice :D , but some pictures sure would be great ;) , did you get any?
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Postby wannalift » Mon Apr 25, 2005 3:57 pm

unfortunately no pics available, but i'm on the prowl to find the next highland games event around the tri-state area. yeah, i got the bug. next time will be with kilt.
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Postby Pete » Tue Apr 26, 2005 5:55 pm

Never do anything like this again :!:
...unless you take a camera that is :lol:
(I make the exception of if you do wear a kilt, in the traditonal way, & it's windy :lol: :lol: :lol: )
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