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Teamfour
10-09-2013, 03:51 PM
For SCCA road racing, I usually spend about 30 minutes a day mentally driving a race track prior to a race. This has proven to be invaluable.

I find myself doing the same for a couple of weeks prior to a BBQ comp. I mentally setup the site, prep meats, light fires, cook, build boxes, etc. Sometimes I sit with my timeline and mentally go through the milestones. I even walk through awards and accepting my GC award (OK now I'm dreaming).

Does anyone else do this, or am I certifiably insane?:loco:

deguerre
10-09-2013, 03:58 PM
Insane? Certifiably? Of course. But pre-conceiving an event ain't got nothing to do with it.

Pole D
10-09-2013, 04:02 PM
We don't go through that much of a visualization before the comp. However, after we've setup at comp we go through our timeline and make sure we're all on the same page.

Bbq Bubba
10-09-2013, 04:07 PM
Ya. thats pretty farked up.

Ron_L
10-09-2013, 04:10 PM
I've woken up at night thinking about chicken prep. My wife doesn't appreciate the screaming.

:becky:

Teamfour
10-09-2013, 04:20 PM
Y'all kill me!:mrgreen:

TheJackal
10-09-2013, 04:35 PM
I don't mentally visualize the event but I do psyche myself up for it and set goals and expectations. For repeat events, I've been known to write down the prior year's scores on piece of paper (not just the place finish, but the actual scores) with "BEAT THIS" in large print on the reverse side. I reference it throughout the weekend. The people I show it to do think I'm a little nuts. But in most instances, they asked. It's not like I whip out the piece of paper and say 'look at this'. Most times they ask if we've been there before, how did we do, etc.

Shiz-Nit
10-09-2013, 04:49 PM
I do and I also think about situations that may go wrong and options to get back on track then walk myself through them.

Lake Dogs
10-09-2013, 04:59 PM
Point of note: Just because some others of us do this doesn't mean that you're not certifiably insane. Frankly, I'm not sure most of us aren't....

ShencoSmoke
10-09-2013, 05:36 PM
Sometimes I get overly anxious prior to a comp, I can usually solve that problem by self medicating with a slow and steady bourbon drunk the thursday night before the comp. Lee- I know you don't drink, so that might be your problem.

Theresa B
10-09-2013, 05:54 PM
Lee and Shiz-Nit- right on, exactly what I do before a comp. I sleep like crap on the Thurs before a comp.

Podge
10-09-2013, 06:14 PM
I never really thought of it, but yes... I mentally go thru the entire prep process, timelines, and turn-ins more than I care to admit.

Big Mike
10-09-2013, 06:21 PM
I've woken up at night thinking about chicken prep. My wife doesn't appreciate the screaming.

:becky:

As long as you don't wake up standing over her with a knife getting ready to peel off the skin and scrape it, you are ok.

Hawg Father of Seoul
10-09-2013, 06:46 PM
As long as you don't wake up standing over her with a knife getting ready to peel off the skin and scrape it, you are ok.

Cheeseburger. Cheeseburger. Wait, that ain't "our" safe word.

Hawg Father of Seoul
10-09-2013, 06:49 PM
I'll admit I do this sometimes. But I don't have a timeline. (Cue sad trombones)

Rub
10-09-2013, 07:01 PM
For SCCA road racing, I usually spend about 30 minutes a day mentally driving a race track prior to a race. This has proven to be invaluable.

I find myself doing the same for a couple of weeks prior to a BBQ comp. I mentally setup the site, prep meats, light fires, cook, build boxes, etc. Sometimes I sit with my timeline and mentally go through the milestones. I even walk through awards and accepting my GC award (OK now I'm dreaming).

Does anyone else do this, or am I certifiably insane?:loco:

Been doing this since day 1. Studied visualization at UF, great stuff.

Smokin Hoggz
10-09-2013, 07:20 PM
Pretty much every day that I am not competing, I am thinking about every process I do. constantly going over and over my time line!!!!!! I'd say were all a little crazy obsessed!!! I wouldn't want it any other way!!!!

Bourbon Barrel BBQ
10-09-2013, 09:25 PM
I visualize my cook before I leave the house to see if I forgot anything. Doesn't help. I always forget something.

JD McGee
10-09-2013, 09:49 PM
My first thought every morning is BBQ related...that should tell you where my head's at...lol! I pour over my comp notes before each cook and bounce my thoughts off my wife since she is our flavor profiler (yes Scottie...I said "flavor profile"...lol!) Usually on our way to a comp we go over our game plan...then again the morning before turn ins. Pretty much certifiable here...:icon_smile_tongue:

Wampus
10-09-2013, 11:06 PM
Well, it's kind of hard to mentally go through your comp process weeks ahead of time when you do comps 3 out of 4 weeks in a month......:becky:



This weekend marks our 17th for the year so far. The routine is ROUTINE by now.

I have a "don't forget comp list" in my phone that I run through before I leave the house, and our timeline is on both of our phones with alarms for each step, but other than that, we don't discuss a lot of the details. We talk strategy (flavors, tweaking, boxing, etc), but not the process much ahead of time.



BUT.....we're both "BBQ Whacko" for sure. :thumb:

dmprantz
10-09-2013, 11:51 PM
I used to spend a lot of time thinking about BBQ competitions while not at them. On any given day, I'd take a mental break from work and go through my timeline or process just to ensure that I knew it. I might have retired to my office after dinner to think about it again, and it was not uncommon to think about it in bed as I was falling asleep. The day before a comp, I'd ensure that I had a custom timeline for that specific contest, taking into account many factors. It, would then be saved off for future reference. Upon returning from any given comp, I'd go through a post-mortem and take notes for how to adjust for the next comp (or not), and the process would start all over again. In short, I lived to compete in BBQ.

Of course, there were things for which I did not account in my process and time lines, and as a result, I don't think about my comp time line as much. For some reason, it comes up in my thoughts more than it probably should, and just today, I had an epiphany for how to adjust my rub, and have spent a few hours mixing and testing since. To answer your question, I used to "game plan" a lot for BBQ, and still do, even though I don't compete. I won't say that you're normal, but you're no weirder than I am. That may make you feel better or worse.

dmp

Rich Parker
10-10-2013, 06:08 AM
I think about my processes and techniques on a regular basis while driving, sleeping, working, and while doing some other things I shouldn't mention. :-D

Ron_L
10-10-2013, 06:52 AM
...and while doing some other things I shouldn't mention. :-D

Thank you for that :-D

cpw
10-10-2013, 07:12 AM
... and while doing some other things I shouldn't mention. :-D

I thought you were supposed to think about baseball? Maybe that's my problem...I need to start thinking about BBQ. :mrgreen:

Back on topic, I can't sleep for a week before a comp, going over and over all of the little things that need to be kept track of. The only good thing about it is that I'm usually so tired by Friday night, it's easy to catch a nap here and there.

bruno994
10-10-2013, 09:05 AM
I think I have more BBQ files on my work computer than I actually have work files! Is that obsession, probably. Timelines, methods, reminders, checklists, you name it. The checklist is 2 pages long, is typed in "12" font, my wife laughs at me on Thursday nights when I whip that bad boy out while packing, but I can honestly say I have never showed up at a comp and needed something.

kenthanson
10-10-2013, 10:10 AM
Pretty much all summer and spring I lay in bed before falling asleep and think about my timing and visualize building boxes and what not. It comes from the visualization I used in competing in sports at a very competitive level and just carrying that into whatever else I compete in now.

HarleyGirl14226
10-10-2013, 10:47 AM
Even though (for the most part) our timeline didn't change this past season, we both still reviewed it Tuesday/Wednesday of the week before, our "manual" and our checklist - just to double check everything. We also pre-visualize the timeline.

And even though our season is now complete, we've already begun talking about next season - what to change, what not to change, lessons learned, etc... It never ends.
Which is loco. :crazy:

rookiedad
10-10-2013, 11:46 AM
i use a four to one visualization to actual practice routine. in the winter i will visualize a catagory about four times and then practice it once, then move on to the next catagory. as summer draws near i will visualize the entire cook four times and then practice it once as a whole. this saves alot of money in meat during the course of a year.

smoke-n-my-i's
10-10-2013, 12:21 PM
I have a "load sheet" that I use starting usually a couple of weeks ahead of time... to make sure I have everything. Then I start the shopping list. I will usually second wonder myself if I have everything as I rent a truck to haul everything now. So, even with the load sheet, etc. there seems to be something that is forgotten, so I am always thinking what it is. My first comp this year was the fire extinguisher... :icon_blush: Then, I went to use my injector, :icon_blush:, lucky for me a neighbor let me use his.

So, yeah, pretty much thinking about it all the time... is that normal? Well, first we have to know what normal is.

The addiction is here and I think we all are in it. Will we all admit we "go through" the weekend before we go? Probably not...

So, what was the question? :crazy:

didisea
10-10-2013, 12:48 PM
I too spend a lot of time "mentally" running through what is going to happen at a comp. I also spend a lot of time thinking about how to deal with challenges that might come up during the cook. A smoker that won't stay at temp, the pellet pooper fails, power fails, etc. Always planning what I would do if "X" happens.

Kave Dweller
10-10-2013, 02:17 PM
I start about two weeks before, starts with going through my travel box checking off items I'll need in the order I'll need em. Its all down hill from there, by the time weds thurs rolls around the week of a comp, can't sleep cause I'm debating with myself (and losing) what time to start fires or put meat on, thinking about what was done to early or late last comp. Its an obsession to say the least.

Scottie
10-10-2013, 03:55 PM
There is also mentally competing on other teams. If you can get a team wound up at say the cooks meeting. You can take another team off the list... :shock:

bruno994
10-11-2013, 08:10 AM
There is also mentally competing on other teams. If you can get a team wound up at say the cooks meeting. You can take another team off the list... :shock:
A little gamesmanship?

Kave Dweller
10-11-2013, 08:46 AM
There is also mentally competing on other teams. If you can get a team wound up at say the cooks meeting. You can take another team off the list... :shock:

Wound up or drinking Jack at a man's pace.

Alexa RnQ
10-11-2013, 08:57 AM
There is also mentally competing on other teams. If you can get a team wound up at say the cooks meeting. You can take another team off the list... :shock:
There is also the "oh $#!+" factor.
Any team that looks at you and thinks "oh $#!+, they're here" has mentally taken themselves out of the game.

This is really a very interesting aspect of this hobby/sport/activity/whatevs. It may explain, in part, why the frequency of competition plays into success, aside from the feedback of judging and placing. There are SO many variables and details that have to be nailed to produce an optimal cook -- perhaps the mental landscape is just as important in providing the climate conducive to getting all those details right.

CBQ
10-11-2013, 12:11 PM
And even though our season is now complete, we've already begun talking about next season - what to change, what not to change, lessons learned, etc... It never ends.
Which is loco. :crazy:

What flavors of Gail-a-ritas to make...

rdstoll
10-11-2013, 01:08 PM
I don't even compete but I've talked about the idea enough at home that my 6 year old daughter is now telling me about dreams she had the night before of us at BBQ competitions!!

HarleyGirl14226
10-11-2013, 01:38 PM
There is also mentally competing on other teams. If you can get a team wound up at say the cooks meeting. You can take another team off the list... :shock:

What flavors of Gail-a-ritas to make...

What do you think the Gail-A-Ritas are there for?!

and Yes, flavor options are a crucial part of our pre-game strategy. :biggrin1: