Chicago is a little far for me. I live in Salt Lake City, UT so the Idaho meet is close by for me, which is why I am doing a national competition for my first meet -- it was the only meet nearby. I probably wont do many raw competitions as the heavy lifting is killer on my joints. As soon as I figure out how much I can spend and what I want to get I will be getting some equipment and then hopefully competing at a USPF state meet in the end of May (if I can learn the gear fast enough).