And was mightily impressed with my little self! I finished every event, which is more than I hoped I could do and placed 9th of 12.
Having not had much practice with kegs, it helped to have access to some for warming up. That increased my confidence that I could at least pick up the 50kg keg, but there was no 30kg keg for me to practice the overhead.
I drew 8th position for the first event, which was the overhead medley. The weights were all easily done, but it was getting that bloody keg up that lost me quite some time and I placed 11th.
Next up was the 80kg deadlifts for reps. We were told the refs would be strict about it not being touch-and-go, and the time was extended to 75 seconds. I did 17 reps, and placed 9th. The tyre flip event was changed to 10 reps for time, and I placed 9th again.
The final event was the keg carry medley. In turn, we had to carry 20kg, 30kg, 40k then 50kg for 20m, then sprint back for the next keg. The first two were easy, and I could lift them high enough up to run with them. I stumbled with the 40kg as I couldn't lift it high enough up above my knees and dropped it, which lost me a few seconds while I picked it back up. However, I got it to the end and was able to complete the full 20m with the 50kg too. Hurrah! Another (joint) 9th place.
It was a really good day, with everybody - organisers, referees, competitors and crowd - all being friendly and encouraging. I got chatting early on to a few other competitors who were on their own, some of whom were also newbies. We cheered each other on and acted as photographer when they were up.
I went to the ESW qualifiers the next day, to watch some proper strong folk! I had the girls with me and had to leave after about four hours, missing the last two events. My eldest was much more interested than I thought she'd be, and was disappointed to miss the truck pull. I've caught her since cleaning and pressing her magic wand (but with facial expressions implying a much heavier weight!), which quite tickled me.