Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. Nobody goes undefeated all the time. If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday.As I've said before, I like to win. But sometimes, winning just isn't in the cards. That happened to me this past weekend at Team Universe.
~ Wilma Rudolph
A Year in the Making
I trained for this show for an entire YEAR. In early August of last year, I made the decision to stick with Figure and to compete at Team Universe. After that decision was made, my training style changed and I began to focus intensely on building up some lagging muscle groups. That was the start of Operation Pro!
Twenty weeks ago, I began Phase II of Operation Pro, and this weekend, we roadtripped up to New Jersey for Team Universe.
Although I felt comfortable and confident with how I looked, I wasn't what the judges were looking for. We filmed a short video after pre-judging, and I shared my thoughts about the show up to that point.
To be a champion you must act like one, act like a champion.
I've talked about choosing to be a champion during my workouts, but this weekend, I needed to apply it to a different situation. After getting last callout for the first time in my competition career, I was really disappointed. I have to admit, it was difficult keeping the smile on my face while all the other girls in my class were called out before me. I barely made it off-stage before the tears started to fall.
I know that disappointment can come quickly in such a subjective sport, but knowing that doesn't lessen the pain any. I'm still disappointed and just plain sad about the outcome of the show. I'm not upset or angry with anyone, and there's nothing I can do to change anything. I need to focus on my accomplishments and remember all that I've achieved.
Flex Wheeler, one of the most inspirational bodybuilders, talked about when he got second place to Ronnie Coleman at the 1999 Olympia. In this video at 6:26, he explained why he took the medals off his neck and held them up. He was saying to the crowd and to himself: "I feel like I look great. I feel like I won ... these [medals] are second, but I'm number one. Just because you put these around my neck doesn't make me second place. Just because they placed me in second don't make me a failure."
Flex also said, "What place [I get] doesn't signify me as a champion."
Just last year, Flex gave some priceless advice to Kevin Levrone's nephew when he didn't place as well as he'd hoped in a show.
It's a bit difficult to hear, but Flex told Antwaun, "You can't do nothing. You've got a lot of kids looking up to you; walk off like a champion."
Kevin Levrone then added, "A champion doesn't always end up in first place." He emphasized, "Never quit. Never give up. Never lose, no matter how long it takes. Stay strong and stay proud."
Taking the Advice of the Champions
I'm taking the advice of the champions, and I'm holding my head high. I'm proud of all that I accomplished this past year. I built some quality muscle, I stayed focused, and I stuck to my diet. I couldn't have done anything different, and J assured me that I did everything I possibly could do to bring my very best to the stage.
|2011 Team Universe|
Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.Thank you SO very much for all your support, encouragement, and belief in me. I appreciate all you more than you know, and am blessed to have you all in my life.
~ Babe Ruth