I love what competing teaches me about myself. I feel I’m handed scenarios that allow me to grow into a better person, especially in “prep” mode. It’s exciting & rewarding, it’s as though a switch is flipped that mentally prepares me to rise to uncharted heights. My discipline, desire & character are put to the test. Knowing some of the process rattles up fears yet envisioning the accomplishment trumps my apprehensions. Here I am, 7 weeks ago I began prep for the next intended competition (KC Classic). I’m moving full speed ahead…but wait.
I recently had to get an unexpected outpatient surgery that resulted in no weights or cardio for 2 weeks. Yes, while I’m in prep mode. When given the post op guidelines I felt crushed & I was instantly trying to evaluate how this affects my “plan”. Just typing that last sentence is eye opening to how immersed I get into achieving goals. Rather than focusing on my body healing I began nesting eggs of uncertainty & doubt, again over a 2 week disruption, ridiculous.
Nutrition & believing is achieving, two elements I deem essential for a healthy life. The reality, 2 weeks is not a big deal. There are people with real problems, real struggles. Time off from the gym is not a real problem, it’s a created stress I chose to let go of. I’m fortunate for life & all I have. The food I’m eating nourishes me & will continue to produce the results I seek. I believe I am stronger than the slight detours placed in front of me.
I am thrilled to see what I will bring to the 2013 stage (internally & externally). The recent growing season (aka off season) had been my best to date, thought processes were improved, nutrition was logged & I provided my body with maintenance I’ve overlooked in the past. Good things are to come, I believe it. Here’s to the journeys that make us stronger!