My 2016 Highland Games season has just come to a close. Kinda.
Last weekend in Minnesota was my last Games as an open competitor. It’s Masters throwing from here on out. It’s pretty surreal that my first Games was in January and my last in July. How does six months fly by in a blink of an eye? It has been so incredible and I don’t want it to go away without some parting shots.
Having a chance to be part of the East/West Games in Orlando was a huge treat. Festive would be the word of the weekend and watching these ladies do their thang became the highlight of the season for me. Also…
…explaining the +100 dollar dinner tab to my husband when I got home. PRIDE WAS ON THE LINE! (He understood perfectly. My husband is cool.)
Even though I struggled with the plague of ’16, I had an absolute blast in Arizona both on the field and off. Spending time with Auntie and Uncle in Sun City West (be on the lookout for golf carts all over the road, for serious) and Max and Yvonne in Scottsdale AND even a little time with Mike and Jolene Westerling. It was all a huge treat.
I learned SO much this season from so many of the best. I want to thank every single one of you that took the time to throw some world class advice my way. That you cared enough to help me do a little better goes deep. I ALSO learned that I can be too technical, especially on Games day. I heard it twice in the last four days and that’s not the first time I’ve heard it this year. SO, for these next few Games, I relax and execute. Fucking attack. That’s the plan.
While I didn’t see the numbers that I was hoping for (or that I even see in practice sometimes) I’d like to think that I held my own here and there and at 49 (yup, I’ll get that in one more time. Deal) I’ll take that as a win. I’m very pleased that at this point in the season, I’m ranked at #20 and it’s a true #20. What I mean by that is that for some reason, scores with the 21# weight and WOB also get entered into NASGA under the Women’s scores which can skew the rankings. While I love seeing my name in the top 15 or better at the end of the year, we all know that the 50+ foot heavy weight and the 18′ WOB is with the lighter weight. I don’t need sunshine blown anywhere near my ass so a true #20 at 49? Yup, I’ll take it.
While each competition meant spending time with old and new friends; spending time in different scenery, and experiencing new gas stations to grab a Monster, few can compare to Victoria. I mean, I saw a small pod of Whales on the ferry coming into Port. That doesn’t happen in smallville, Illinois. Srsly.
The friends. The drinks. The food. The throwing. The beer tent. Everything from A to Z was perfect and that sums up the season so far. It’s pretty much been very Bill Medley and Jenifer Warnes and that I’ll still get to see these amazing athletes throw during my last Games helps me not be so melancholy that it’s coming to a close.
I want to thank KC Cummings and Susan Cummings (you too Jannet;) Michelle Crownhart, that we get to see each other and throw together yet this year makes me very happy. Jason Clevenger and Jeff Bryan. Our Wisconsin home crew of Big John McAdams and Robert. And a very special thank you to Ray Siochowicz for letting me play on that field in Victoria. You took a chance on an old lady and she broke your caber. You’re welcome.
Growing old has been the greatest surprise of my life.