The competition is done & I have yet another stepping stone in my journey towards growth & improvement. The NANBF’s KC Classic lured in elite physiques from pros & amateurs. Valuable lessons were learned; some through surveying competitors & some through my own trials.
Watching other competitors is tricky & possibly detrimental if you can’t resist the urge to do as they do. It’s tempting to get caught up on their details & lose focus of your own strategy. Not to say what they are doing is wrong or that it won’t work for your physique but why gamble on the day? A tri-athlete wouldn’t break in new shoes or try a new seat before an Iron Man. To me it’s the same concept, of course at one point I caught myself spiraling into comparisons & fortunately realized where I was going & got refocused. I stuck to the plan & I’m glad I didn’t stray.
As for my own trials my body did decide to throw a few jukes at me. My reaction & mind frame were tested. 40 minutes before the T-walk* I noticed a small area perfect for practicing. I put on my shoes & I went into pose 1, great. Transitioned into pose 2 & I dropped to the floor caused from pain shooting at the top of my knee cap pulsating through my quad. I tried to go into my pose again & again & again, it simply wasn’t happening. Looking at my husband was like looking in a mirror, disbelief & fear. We iced it nonchalantly trying desperately to not feed into my worries. Realizing it was getting closer to time I knew the walk needed to be altered, there was no time for panic. It was the moment I realized just how bad I wanted this. Sounds crazy I’m sure. Hours of training, practice, food prep & this is the moment that made me realize it…the thought of not having the choice anchored my fire for the sport.
My walk was not what I had envisioned but I gave it a solid battle to the very end. A feat that earned myself 1st place in short open. I am victorious not because a trophy says so but because I did not give up. I pushed back & kept my fists up to the final round. I feel taking a few minutes backstage to review the small victories throughout the day delivered me into peaceful trance when I was privileged to go for overall. I did not win the coveted Pro Card; it is not my time…yet. I will not chase this card however I will continue to compete to win, to evolve & relish that I do this as a 100% natural athlete.
*A T-walk is a walk consisting of several poses that showcase the physique