Competition day! As if I wasn’t already a bit of a basket case the morning of the competition, I had to work. Yep, training and consults from 7:30am-11am on a Saturday. January in the gym, ‘nough said…
Other than being totally overwhelmed and pressed for time, I actually felt pretty good. My morning weigh in was exactly where I wanted to be, my tan looked good and my energy level was high (I’m sure adrenaline had nothing to do with that!).
I’m so glad that I had spent the last few weeks practicing, not just my posing, but my hair and makeup. In less than 2 hours I had rinsed my tan (as directed), had my outfit on, hair and makeup done and bag packed. I thew on a lightweight zippered hoodie and loose sweat pants and was out the door with time to spare. Woohoo!
BTW, I packed my bag with my registration paperwork, a resistance band, make up, a change of clothes and hairspray.
There was a quick competitors meeting before the competition. Typically these meetings are held the day before, but again, this was not a typical competition. Then it was time to go.
So How Did I Do???
I WON!!! Kind of… Like I said, not a typical fitness competition. With very few competitors and an effort to be different from typical physique shows, men and women were judged together and judging was based on a sustainable physique, posing and a mission statement (it’s a good thing I don’t mind public speaking). I took 2nd place!!! Just behind the guy on the left who happens to be a 14 time competitor and has gone pro. He’s in his off season, but still…look at those lats!
I was by far the oldest of the competitors and the only one with zero competition experience, so I’m totally happy with the results.
This was a fun experience, and if another show like this one comes up, I’m in. But I may never do a “real” competition. I know that I could push my body to the next level, I’m just not ready for the financial commitment that comes from competing at a pro level. And as much as I like the way my body looks and feels, I miss running! This was a great winter challenge, but I am so ready for race season 🙂
This year I want to run a 10-12 mile obstacle race, a half marathon and complete a sprint triathlon in the fall. Thanks for following me through this journey, now it’s time to hit the trails.