My major desire after I was done was to consume 3 things; pizza, beer, and ice cream. After the show we went directly across the road for pizza which I consumed in great quantities. Unfortunately, they did not serve beer. I still was planning on the beer as we headed back to the hotel. I had to wash some of the spray tan off el pronto! On the way back to the hotel I spied a Culver's. Veer the car right and I'm on to a medium chocolate, peanut butter cup, cherry bluster (what are they called there?) By the time I got back to my room, I was sooo full I can't move and needless to say gave up on the beer idea and opted for the bed! 2 out of 3.
Same with the show results. I was in 2 classes; master figure (40 year old and up) and open figure. I won the master class and also the tall division of the open class. When it then came to the overall open figure winner, I was runner up. Not bad for an old bag! 2 out of 3.
I'll try to summarize my experience.
Things got rolling on Friday afternoon. I had a spray tan followed by a polygraph test. Fun, eh?
For competition color, it's important to be as dark as possible. When I say dark, I REALLY mean dark! Nobody believed me when I told them how dark I was planning to be. But, they knew I wasn't kidding when I was done! The lights of the stage suck all the color out of you. And for optimal showing of physique, color is very helpful.
The polygraph that followed was a bit nerve-wracking. Every competitor must take a polygraph test in an effort to prove that all competitors are free of steroids and other performance enhancing drugs. Only open class winners are then further tested with a urine test. I imagine polygraph testing ($45) on everyone is cheaper than urine testing on everyone. If you flunk the polygraph you cannot compete. That's it. All that hard work for months gone just because you flunked a not fool-proof test. Can you see my anxiety? I am free of drugs. But just the idea of testing and what was riding on the outcome scared me. Well, I passed. It's a strange test. You are asked a total of 7 questions and the questions are reviewed with you before the actual test to avoid the surprise factor. Blood pressure, some respiratory factor that I didn't quite understand and also some chemical emitted from the skin that I also didn't quite understand and never heard of were assessed.
The next morning I was up at my usual 5:00. Back down to the spray tanner for a few touch ups by 7:00. Unbeknownst to me, I should have slept fully clothed because I woke to several color-leached hand prints on various parts of my skin. The sweat from skin to skin contact pulls off the color.
Then it was makeup by my artist 13 year old daughter and hair by my dear friend. Thankfully they were willing to help. I am an absolute loser in this department!
I was so nervous at prejudging!!! My lips were trembling as I stood there smiling. I'm standing there flexing, smiling and shaking! Cute huh? My peeps said they couldn't tell. But they were farther away than the judges who are sitting right up front at the edge of the stage.
After prejudging, I went back to the hotel and tried to relax for a few hours. Whatever! I was feeling relieved as I knew the worst was over. But, I still had to get back up there again for the final show at 6:00.
The more entertaining part of the day is the night show at 6:00. This is when there is music, lighting, and an announcer. Most importantly, the results are given! Again each class goes out and goes through quarter turns as a group and individual T-walks. I was much less nervous and actually tried to ham it up a little more for the crowd. I really enjoyed the second part of the competition. Like I said above, I think I did well. For the overall award I was standing out there with one other girl. It was between her and I for the Big trophy and a pro-card ( giving the winner the opportunity to compete in professional level competitions). I didn't win. But that is totally fine. I never in my wildest dreams expected things to go as well as they did. Remember, I never thought I could even pull this off. All of this was just a rush. I had a blast. The adrenaline level is awesome. It's similar but different than racing.