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Unread 01-14-2013, 05:56 PM   #31
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I ran a full practice comp the week before to get my timing down and get one out of the way so to speak. I was more nervous when I did that, than when I actually competed. Being at a comp and the fun atmosphere, BBQ camaraderie and all that goes along with it, just made it so fun I didn't feel nervous, and I did well.

But again, a full practice cook is a good idea.
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Once you get there and get set-up, get meat inspected, have a beer or 2, you'll find it much more relaxing, until Saturday morning around 9:00. Then reality sets in! This is the fun part of "anxiety"!

Enjoy it as time will fly by!

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Unread 01-14-2013, 06:56 PM   #32
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Do not "over-think" this!!

You have done a ton of prep work!

Put it to use---Just go cook, use what you have learned, and have a great time!!!

This is supposed to be fun--at least that is what they all tell me

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Unread 01-14-2013, 08:02 PM   #33
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A couple rubber floor mats in your cook area will save your feet. And a table raised up to the right height will save your back. We learned those lessons the hard way.
I got a length of 1 1/2" pvc pipe and cut it into 8 inch chunks and put them over the legs to raise our tables up, works like a charm.
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Unread 01-14-2013, 11:09 PM   #34
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I got a length of 1 1/2" pvc pipe and cut it into 8 inch chunks and put them over the legs to raise our tables up, works like a charm.
That sounds like a hot tip, thank you.

I don't really drink so we are safe to not eat drunk. Time for some full blown practice runs! The folks at work love when I bring in leftovers
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Rookie mistake I made: make sure you have a canopy with WALLS. Rain splashes in about 3 feet from the edge...figure out how much of a dry area you have in a 10x10 without walls.
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With all the comps in CA it would be hard for me to wait till April. Best of luck, if you have any questions just ask, the Brethren are great and love to help.
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I've signed up for the end of March in Vegas..... woot!!
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All the things already said and once there, don't worry about what everyone else is doing...stay on YOUR plan and focus on the details.
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That sounds like solid advice, I'm not too nervous. I'm more excited than anything. My plan is to have fun, meet the turn in's and just stay the course.
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Best advice I can give is to shoot for the beginning of the turn in window and then still give yourself a few minutes of a buffer. Having it ready 5 minutes early never caused a DAL. 5 seconds late? almost always.
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New canopies arrived, woot!
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When and where?
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Have a clock on the wall and your timeline written down and keep to it.
And for Christs sake, have fun!
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When and where?

When and where what?
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Sorry...missed the end of March in Vegas post - good luck! And have fun!
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