The format isn’t that different from past years, but there was one big change for the Callaway football players as they participated in the team’s annual Iron Man competition.
When the players competed in the weight-lifting competitions, they were able to use brand-new equipment since the team’s weight room has been refurbished.
That’s not the only big change at the school.
A new multi-purpose field house is also open for business, and that includes an indoor, artificial-turf practice field, which the players tested out earlier this week.
Callaway’s Iron Man competition always takes place right before the start of preseason practice, which is today.
On Wednesday and Thursday, the players participated in a number of different events designed to test them in different areas, from speed, to strength, to flexibility.
The Iron Man was capped by the mile run on Thursday.
“The Iron Man is a great team-building event,” Callaway coach Pete Wiggins said. “It consists of several weight-training competitions, and obviously speed events. And then there’s the mile run, which is endurance competition. The kids, they really get into it. Everybody wants to finish in the top 10. It’s great to see the camaraderie that comes from that.”
Most schools have their own version of the Iron Man competition, including LaGrange and Troup.
LaGrange and Troup finish their competitions with shorter runs, but Callaway has the mile run.
By that point of the competition, the Callaway players have already been put to the test physically, and running for a mile can be a difficult test.
“We always do the mile run last, and it comes at the end after several events,” Wiggins said. “The kids, they’re pushed. That’s how you want it. You want to see who’s going to compete, who’s going to step up when they’re a little tired. Who’s going to handle a little adversity. That’s no different than football. You see the guys that will ultimately on Friday night handle adversity and get it done.”
In addition to the events on Wednesday and Thursday, there is another aspect to the Iron Man, and that has to do with how much work the players put in during the summer.
“One of the events is the total number of workouts a person has,” Wiggins said. “The commitment over the summer is really important as far as how you do in Iron Man.”
Reach Kevin Eckleberry at (706) 884-7311 (ext. 232) or on Twitter @lagrangesports