The prep for competition today involved getting the latest batches of BBQ Sauce labeled up. We're now good to go for Hot, Xtra Hot, and No Butz. That is going to end up being the real wild card, the No Butz that is. Last Comp we showed up to we only brought a couple of cases with us and we were sold out within 2 hours. We' will definitely be brining more than that with for this competition but, no idea just how popular it might be. Aside from getting all the sauce from the most recent batches labeled up, we also got another large cooler and another EZup like canopy. That brings most of the equipment we were needing up to par. I figure we could still use one more cooler but, that we could borrow. And, one more 4x8 table would be nice. I had one outside when I was practicing and really appreciated the amount of work space it allowed. We have 2 of them and a 3x6 one but, we usually use the 2 for the sauce booth and working on the 3x6 gets a little cramped. Don't know if we'll be able to pick up another table before hand so, I might switch out one of the sauce booth ones.
After having gone through the practice cook yesterday, there was one thing that struck me right away this morning. It was done, it was over, and it was time to work on something else. I know this might not seem like anything strange to some people. I think the reason why it seemed so strange is because, you put a ton of work into something the day before and it feels like this epic feat. It has lorded over a whole day or longer of your life and then you wake up the next day to just an average day. I got to thinking about this and realized it is true of pretty much every event a person goes through. When the event happens, in the moment, it feels like it is the world, and it'll last forever. Then the events over and it's like it was just some weird dream from the night before. Even if there are awards or prizes, it always seems like that day after is the quietest. This has to be the reason why most people who are very competitive are always looking to the next event or trying to figure out what's next after what's coming up. However, when i think about it, the day after the event is really an important thing. Afterall, what would keep a person more real and grounded then being forced to look at what the every day stuff around them is after a big event? It reminds you that from one moment to the next you can be up on top, at the bottom, or just somewhere in the middle. Considering that in the middle is where we spend most of our time, it's good to be reminded of it after a great victory or horrible disappointment.
For tomorrow, I'm not sure what is coming up. I know that I need to work on typing up actual schedules for the competition. It's not only for keeping myself on track but for all those around me as well. The key is going to be communication and scheduling.