The competition was also a really big deal this year because Brian was making a return trip to Wisconsin to be there and spent a lot of time and brain power on building a website that handled registration and scoring for the comp.
Saturday started extra early thanks to this horrible winter weather, but after fueling up on coffee and picking up our friend Craig, who manages the gym, we made our way to Pewaukee and got to work. In the afternoon, Brian halted his web-guy work to chalk up and get some climbing in. It turns out that I was as nervous as ever watching him climb. Take the man outside to climb and I'm fine, but make it a competition, even a for-fun and cool trophies one, and I'm a mess....good thing one of us kept it together. Brian took fourth in his division and qualified for finals. And like last year, he ended the comp in a higher position than he was in going into finals. With his 3rd place finish, Brian had his best showing yet.
Per usual, after the comp, we headed to 'after party' just down the street. It added hours of laughs and good times to an already great day, and it gave us both the chance to catch up with a few friends we haven't seen in some time. By the time we made it home that night, both Brian and I were exhausted.
We can officially put another successful Q on the D in the books. I'm glad Brian was able to make it home and I'm glad I was there to watch him and so many of our friends do their thing.