Late in the season, but I got to compete today, and d@mn I wish there was more time for the games. I did get bit again, so more training, more lifting, and more kilts are in the future. The time out in the field with the other athletes, the male bonding, encouragement, the off color remarks, and the personal glory are all things that make the games great.
Each man is their own competition, the highland games are one of the ultimate individual sports. Sure there are rankings 1st, 2nd, and 3rd but each man is really throwing against himself and not the entire field. Soccer, football, swimming, they were all great when I competed, but none of the come close the comradery that I experience when at the games. I am not the biggest, strongest, or most talented in the field, but dammit I have fun! Men and women for that matter if you ever have a chance to get into the games give it a try, you won't regret it.