Monday, August 25, 2014

When Is Your Next Show?

I got asked this question practically weekly after my last show in June 2013. Sometimes it was followed with an "oh, you really lost your muscles" or "are you even training". Eh, I am not one to let these remarks or questions bother me because having competed for over three years, I know my body and the prep/non-prep cycle. I wanted to answer the question with basically what is in this post, but I knew it would take a long time to explain my total thought process about competing again and really people just wanted to hear about how crazy prep is.

After my June show, I was happy that I competed because 1.) I got to wear that expensive a$$ figure suit that I bought the year before and 2.) I met my long-time goal of doing a figure show! Who cares about a second to last place finish? I didn't. I was just happy to be doing quarter turns instead of model turns.

June 2013 NPC LA Figure Show with my awesome teammates
After the June show, I did a post-mortem of the experience to figure out how I could have done this prep better. The post-mortem lead me to a few conclusions:
  1. There definitely has to be a more flexible way to prep.
  2. I want to be stronger. I want to get back to 1- max rep glory days.
  3. I cannot function on a strict meal plan because off season, I have a difficult time maintaining weight and social and work functions are difficult to manage. More knowledge on nutrition is needed.
  4. I do not want to spend half of my nights lifting, doing second round of cardio and doing food prep because now I have a significant other to think about.
  5. I cannot put my significant other through the hangry prep experience again. Seriously. Although I warned my significant other of the strict guidelines for prep, I don't think he was prepared for how it actually played out in real life, nor did he know what he was in for travelling to LA with three hangry competitors.
Knowledge is power so over the past year, I've been reading, learning, and testing out new methods to expand my tool set.  Hence the break from competing or even thinking about competing until I do what I need to do.

To answer the question, "when is your next show?," I don't know. It will be when I am ready. Remember competing is a big time and mental commitment, compete when you are ready and to meet your own goals. Arm yourself with knowledge and a great support network.

Happy training,