Comp Report -
Yoke & Farmer's Medley - no idea where I placed, but I finished both the yoke and the farmers with no drops for a nice PR. Mark said I was somewhere in the top 5 for that event; don't know if that was right, didn't matter after the next four events.
Log - Don't know what happened. Conditioning was fine, strength was gone. Made one rep and that was it. Big disappointment there.
Car DL - made two reps (after falling over on the first, luckily they still gave it to me). More than I was expecting to get, but I'm pretty sure everyone else got at least three, so first time finishing last in an event.
Arm over Arm - The weight was not as bad as I thought it would be, but the rope was thicker than we'd used in training. There was also some confusion (on my part) at the start leading to me wasting a bit of energy pulling a truck that still had the brake applied. Anyway, grip gave out towards the end, I mishandled the rope, and just wasn't strong enough - made it something like 20 or 30 feet before time ran out. A couple guys didn't do that much better, and only one guy finished, but I think I took last for this event too.
Stones - Again, strength just wasn't there. I lapped the thing about five times, which is good for me, but I only made one successful load. Fell over during this too, luckily the atlas stone landed beside me instead of on top of me. Tied for last on this event, and since I was last going into it, pretty sure I remained there.
Anyways, on to the other details: I weighed in Friday night at 8PM (we were delayed over an hour on what would have been a three hour drive by a traffic accident) at 226, fully dressed and wearing shoes, with my cell phone, keys, and wallet in my pocket. So basically I need to accept that my scale is off - I thought I was around 230, and hadn't eaten/drunk all day, only to find out I was ~7 lbs under the weight limit.
The refeed went badly, with nausea, poor sleep, and some rather painful stomach problems in the morning. With some medication got over that, and had a good first event but didn't feel great most of the day.
I had two events (log, stones) where I did much worse than I expected, but that was balanced out by doing better than I expected on two events (medley, car dl).
So it was a fine day, but the fun of it all was really gone for me by the end due to the contest announcer. He insulted basically everyone, and at the beginning tempered the insults for my being vegan with some odd claim that I must "have a lot of heart, to compete at strongman without meat." Annoying, and it really bothered Em, but I shrugged it off ok. Then, on the last event, he called my name over the microphone. "Vegan". I get up to the stones, and he asks my "Why are you in last place, vegan?" I didn't say anything, then right before the timer begins, he says that I need to eat some beef so I can be strong. I was not happy, swore at him as I started the event: I probably would have been lucky to get an extra load in anyways, given how the day was going, but I do think I'd have a much better chance of making another lift if he hadn't gotten me so upset right as I began. Em also was furious at him.
After I finished, but still during the contest, I went over and told him what I thought of him. Swore a bit more than I should have I guess, but it made me feel a little better at least. The guy was just a tool, and I told him he was a (expletive) poor human being. The guy after me on the stones was having trouble, and the announcer told him he had no business being in the contest. Another guy he told to "show the heteros" how to do it. It's ok (I guess?) insulting people that you know when they're doing well; insulting people as they're struggling with an event is, I think, pretty low..
Anyways, still a bit ticked off. Everyone else associated with the contest was really nice; when the announcer, post-event, came over to "apologize" with his face six inches from mine and saying he just wanted to get me "fired up" (which he did, but in a I want to Scream Obscenities at You kind of way, not a I'll lift much better now type of way), the big, bad, very cool Ricky LaRocca came over to make sure I was ok, which was nice of him. Like I said, most of the guys are really nice, but the one jerk (with a microphone) kind of ruined the fun for me.
The best supplement for someone who is not eating enough and is therefore not recovering is more food.