Congrats on the 1st comp. Your results sound a lot like mine. Cooks meeting, wandering around, and equipment issues. I was lucky enough (note sure considering they pretty much swept all categories) to be next to Motley Que. They were awesome. Sat will me for the better part of 2 hours to give pointers and tips. Even they forget things. I was able to loan them a pair of tongs.
It's a bug that once you get bit, you want to continue it. This bug has caused me to partly fulfill a dream of owning my own business (catering) and making people happy through cooking. Also has consumed my life for the past 5 months.
Keep it up. Get some teammates to help out. Make a list of what you need and have fun. It's an expensive hobby, but fun as hell while you are doing it!
Chief cook for P B & j's BBQ Team/Dubbed "Skippy" By the legendary Mike Davis