I just looked at the calendar and realized that the KCBS contest in Eliot, ME is only six weeks away. For a seasoned competitor who has already competed in numerous contests this year, that's an eternity. But our last (and first!) KCBS competition was last September in Harvard.
That means it's time to brush off the rust and get down to business. We need to practice all four categories, work on our timing, and put together a new contest-day timeline. My goal for our two contests this year (Eliot, ME and Harvard, MA) is pretty simple. Do better than we did at Harvard last year. I don't think this will be difficult to do. I've learned a lot in the past nine months. Our major problem last year is that we didn't have a strict schedule for the weekend. We had a rough outline of things that needed to be done, but not one that said "Do X at 5am on Sunday." It lead to a little bit of chaos and stress. This year will be different.
Brisket this weekend.
On a side note, congratulations to my friends Mike and Kris of Lakeside Smokers who took home their first GC at Merrimack a little over a week ago. Great job, guys!