Wednesday, June 5, 2013

What's Next?

Now that my shows have come and gone, I've been getting a lot of questions about "what's next" for me. Will I do another show this year? When is my next show? Can I finally "eat" now? (like I haven't been eating for the past few months?)

I have to admit, I'd really like to do another show this year. But there are several reasons and factors as to why I'm finished competing for the year.
  • I just finished a 6-month prep. I started dieting all the way back in December. I began cleaning up my diet before Christmas, took a few days off while celebrating the holidays, and then went back to the diet until we went to Mexico in January. I kept my diet about 90% clean in Mexico, and then tightened it up to 100% when we got back. It was really nice to be able to eat some cake over the Memorial Day weekend!
My nephew, James, and CAKE!!!
  • In regards to my relationship, most of the focus for the past few months has been on me and getting me ready to compete. Now it's time to focus on J. He played the supportive boyfriend and coach role for many months. He listened to me whine, he gave me hugs when I cried for no reason, he went grocery shopping for me, he encouraged me through tough workouts, and he was my biggest cheerleader (literally and figuratively). Now it's time for me to be there for him while he preps for his show in August.
  • It's really difficult - if not impossible - for my body to peak perfectly more than time a year. Jr USA's was my main focus this year, so I went into the Pittsburgh show about 5% off, as planned. If I would've peaked for the Pittsburgh, the chances of me peaking for Jr USA's would've been slim. If I would've continued prep for another show, there's a high probability that my body would either A) stop responding or B) get really strung out and start to burn muscle.
  • I need time to make improvements. There's a saying that goes something like this: "The REAL work is done in the off-season." This is the time to make improvements so when I hit the stage again next year, I'll look even better. The plan is to work on my hamstrings, glutes, back, and shoulders for the remainder of the year. I'm excited to continue building and refining my physique.
  • Competing is expensive! May was a very expensive month for me! Travel and tanning were the highest expenses, but all the little things add up too. It's time to gently wipe the tears away from my credit card and start paying off those expenses.
I love competing! If I didn't, I wouldn't do it. But it doesn't make sense to do a show just to do a show. There's "strategery" involved, along with priorities and responsibilities to take into consideration. If I want to progress in the sport, I need to choose shows wisely, while also listening to my body and keeping my relationship a priority.

So what's next? Supporting J through prep, continuing to train and make improvements for next year, eating clean, taking some yoga and martial arts classes, and enjoying the summer with friends.

Competitors: How many times a year do you compete? How do you decide which shows to do? How long is your off-season?

3 comments:

  1. Anxious to see what you bring to the stage next year! :-)

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  2. I love that you are such a supporter of the off-season. I really wanted to compete once a year or so, but this year I'm not sure its going to fit well becuase you're right... Its expensive!

    Plus, I'm not sure its healthy for me mentally to be in strict dieting more than once a year. Coming out of prep last year was a huge mental challenge, so I needed a long break to overcome that.

    I love seeing how you incorporate this lifestyle from year to year, especially seeing you come back from Team U!!! CANNOT wait to see your improvements next season!!!

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  3. Such a great off season planned! I think we shouldn't call it 'off' anymore rather 'Super Awesome Season' or something. ;)

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