I am officially an NPC Figure Competitor. I competed in my first show a few short weeks ago. Let me tell you, it was an experience! 15 weeks of dieting, kick arse workouts from none other than Kori Propst (love her!), and lots of positive self talk.
Preparing for and competing in a bodybuilding event is not a far cry from training for a marathon. There are many similarities. There were good training days and bad training days. I recall one in particular where I had to lay on the floor for awhile and just cry because I felt so angry.. I hit a wall at about 4 weeks out, which to my calculations would be about mile 22 of a marathon..Similarities, yes!
I KNOW running. I know how my body reacts to those long grueling miles. I know what to do to refuel before, during and after 26.2 miles. But when I started this journey I didn't know what to expect or even what I was supposed to do for that matter. I knew there was going to be a learning curve with this competition, so I got some help from the Guru, Joe Klemczewski ~ The Diet Doc. He is so good at what he does! He and Kori really made the whole prep experience a fantastic one. And I even came home with some BLING! A 3rd place trophy. Not bad for a first time.