I am not a fan of using the word, “Epic.” It tends to be overworked these days and unless you’re talking about BACON, who cares. But today I’ll use the word Epic. I asked my Highland Games veteran friend, Rick, what I should have packed in my games bag and he came back with one of the Best. Lists. Ever.
In order to be fully prepared to throw the above stuff around for a day, it would be good to have on hand…
A bag with wheels; sun block; a towel I can trash; a hand towel to dip in ice water to cool off on hot days; tacky; WD-40 and hand cleaner; new skin; umbrella for rain or shine; cleats (given with his favorite kind); hammer boots; throwing glove; tape; super glue; Kilt; extra shirts and socks; polar fleece; sweatshirt; warm up clothes; bottle opener for after games celebration (I already have that and it’s already been put to use;); lighter to light cigar (Bigg liked that one); Scotch or beer; Gatorade; Sheaf fork; chair (I like to bring one with a hard back, not the fold up camping types); food; roll of toilet paper (just in case.)
I thought about it and added a few items. A Red Cup (since I got stuck on a boat last summer while drinking for about six hours I’ve come to appreciate the multiple uses for red cups); a nail file; sun glasses; the camera; chalk; my games goal book and the i-pod for warm ups to calm my nerves. I really feel like duct tape should be on the list but I’m trying to exercise restraint.
OH! Some tums, cuz if this offered up, I’m in…
I’m very lucky to have someone who’s been at this for a while whose willing to take time out of his day to help me and I’m very appreciate for the help. So I need to go shopping and get my bag packed!
The rules of drinking games are taken far more seriously than the rules of war.
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I have been coaching teams and athletes for over 30 years. I grew up participating in various sports at various levels but was always drawn to those that require strength training. I have multiple local, national, and world records in the sports of Weightlifting and Highland Games Heavy Events as well as a combined total of 5 World Championships. My 5 years of training and coaching under Mark Rippetoe provided a wide range of influence from some of the top strength & conditioning and throwing coaches in the country. I will strongly encourage tosabarbell athletes to compete (and prepare you to do so.) However, tosabarbell is also for those who wish to be stronger and go through life feeling better.
Matt WanAt is a retired Professional Strongman who competed frequently with Strongman Champions League in Europe. He played a year of D1 football with Iowa before concentrating on his Chemical Engineering degree in Iowa City. He is a native of Wauwatosa and still remains a staunch supporter of Tosa East.
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