Seriously… it has been MONTHS since I’ve been on here. You know, life just takes over and what once was a fun little hobby becomes something you have to find time for and time is not something I have a lot of these days. BUT… SO much has happened since APRIL. I still can’t believe that was my last post. APRIL? How!?! I don’t even know where to start. I’ll try to keep it short. Three (yes 3) National competitions. First one was Junior Nationals in Chicago June 13-14
I ended up not placing, but had a fantastic time and gained some great National stage experience. I felt great though I knew what changes I needed to make for the next one… so I started working my butt off for USA’s July 25-26 in Las Vegas
I ended up placing 15th, only the top 15 actually place in National competitions… so I BARELY placed! BUT… I placed 😉 Again, I had some final tweaking to do and one more show on my brain. I was turning 35 on August 26th, 4 days before North Americans in Pittsburgh where I qualified to compete in the Open and Masters for TWO chances at a Pro card. Why not! Let’s go… So finally my 3rd competition of the summer was August 30th, North American Championships in Pittsburgh
First class I came out in was the Open class. I was shocked when I was in the first call outs. And even more shocked when I was placed right near the middle. I knew I was 1st or 2nd place. Next class was Masters… where again I was surprised to get called out in the first call outs and placed in the middle once again. I ended up taking 2nd place in BOTH classes just missing my PRO card GAH! I was SO close. TOO close. 🙂 but I had the best time. Met the most amazing people, was invited to do a fun interview with bodymorphpros.com; which you can view on youtube (I’ll try to post it later) and cannot wait for the next National show NPC National Bodybuilding Championships in Miami on November 21-22. Pro card I am coming for you!!!!
Hey! So I guess its that time… show recap! I’ve become pretty familiar with the whole peak week and have a pretty good comfortable routine. However Wednesday (show week) I read on the NPC Utah Facebook page that if you had won an Overall the prior year you were not eligible to compete in Utah until 2015. Uhhh….. WHAT?!? The show was in THREE days. I have been prepping for months for a show that I am no longer eligible for? And when the crap did this rule happen? I was FURIOUS. So… I started searching for this “rule” and could not find anything on any website anywhere that said anything about a rule of any sort. I contacted my Chairman and he said that I could not compete in the Open class until 2015 because I won Overall in August of 2013, but I could compete in the Natural class and if I had any questions I could contact the NPC head office. Well… I did have questions. I wanted to understand why I wasn’t eligible. I’ve been competing for years and have never heard anything like this before. My chairman mentioned something about “trophy stacking”. They allow you to “crossover” into up to 3 classes if your a first time competitor. Novice, Natural, and open… and if your a first time competitor AND 35 you can do even MORE crossovers. SO… if you ask me that is trophy stacking. I compete locally maybe 2 shows a year. I compete in ONE class only. OPEN. If I happen to win an overall, YAY for me. BUT the chances of that are not likely. Most often there are girls who get up to 5 trophies in ONE show. It takes me an entire year or longer to get that amount of trophies. Trophy stacking??? Hmmm…
Vent over. Long story short (ened), I contacted to NPC head office. They told me this rule doesn’t exist. Jim Manion called my chairman, I competed in the Open class. And I took 2nd in the biggest show in Utah as of yet. My class had 20 girls. Here are a few pictures from the competition that my friend got for me 🙂 Next competition will be Nationals. I realize that I have to put on a little more size for that show. I need to do some work, but I am SO ready for it. Oh and I have an amazing suit, which is also made by Bonnie Barber at Platinum Designs. She has done all of my recent suits. She is absolutely amazing in every way to work with. If you’re looking for someone to work with, I highly recommend her. You can find her on Facebook.
I never go into a show feeling like I’ve got it in the bag! I think there’s always that feeling of “I should have”, “I could have”, or “I wish I would have”…. But you know what? I’m giving it my all, I always put my whole heart into every show. I love competing SO much that every part of me goes into it. My entire soul is on that stage, on display for the everyone to see. Talk about being vulnerable. I don’t think it gets more vulnerable than that! Here are a couple of progress photos the first one I was 4 weeks out and the second 3 weeks out…
Last week I started incorporating a second 20 minute sprint interval on my lunch break at work. I thought it would be fun to add some weights during my 30 second “rest” so I brought some 10 lb Dumbbells and had them ready so at every 30 second break I would do either bicep curls, shoulder press, or straight leg dead lifts. It was really intense! Kept my heart rate going and I was surprisingly sore after doing that a few times last week. I loved adding that in and I think I will do it again this week and just change it up!