The Wisconsin Highland Games are this weekend right up the road in Waukesha. I’ve been looking forward to this all summer as I wasn’t able to compete in a local Highland games the week I got here. It’s good to have insider information because the Heavy Athletics sign up hasn’t gone up. Apparently we don’t waste time with such formalities here and we just show up on the day of assuming the event is a go. We’ll just wing it, eh?
I had originally planned on competing both days but will only do Saturday’s now since one half of the 19 year old duo is coming Saturday afternoon and must be spoiled the rest of the weekend (those are the rules.) So Saturday (I’m told) are the Scottish events. I already know that I struggle with throwing so the Open/Shot/Braemar stones will be practice. No surprises there. Someday I’ll find a throwing coach and maybe have a chance at this stuff.
The weight for distance and height should be okay. I haven’t done them in a while but hopefully some practice beforehand will allow me to work out the kinks.
Then there’s such things as Turning the Caber (above) and the Sheaf Toss.
Uhhhhhh, whatnow? I do what? With what? I have no idea what I’m doing and since the other half of tosabarbell is in Gibraltar, my coach will be the Oz man who will stay engaged as long as I keep him in mini-donuts and cheese curds. So…more wingin’ it. So many people were very helpful and kind at the Highlander last year, I’ll assume the same will happen here and it will all be fine. It’s geared up to be a very nice day and will be a lot of fun as long as I don’t poke someone’s eye out with this stuff.
At the very least, I’ll have some great pictures. Stay tuned.
Scottish by birth, British by law, a Highlander by the grace of God.