'Tis the season to be in contest prep. It seems like nearly every competitor I talk to (and I talk to a lot each week!) is in prep. Although there may be a couple shows before March, it seems like the Arnold is the official kick-off to contest season. Earlier this today, I was marking some shows on my calendar, and realized that there are quite a few shows within a reasonable driving distance from DC. (Have I mentioned lately how much I love living out here?)
Since I do talk with so many competitors, the only way I can keep up with their competition dates is to write them down. That's right - those of you with whom I talk regularly ... I've got your competition dates written down because you're important to me.
I love cheering people on and answering random questions about anything and everything to do with prep. Competing is my passion, one of my favorite things to talk about. Sometimes I'm guilty of talking about it TOO often, much to the chagrin of some family and friends.
I'm excited for those of you who have a show coming up soon, especially for those of you getting ready for your very first show. I remember all the emotion, excitement, and fear that surrounded my first show. And even after competing in 9 shows, I still feel some of those same emotions. I was a bit burned out from competing earlier this year, but when I went to watch the NPC Maryland in August, I was reminded again of how much I love this sport.
Although prep may sometimes feel like it's forever, time actually does fly by. I can't believe I'm halfway through my 4th week of dieting already! Only 16 more weeks until I step on stage again!
For those of you in prep right now (which is most of my online friends!), keep up the hard work, stay focused, and have confidence in yourself. We're all gonna rock the stage this year!