The excitement is building!
I've had a fun past few weeks.
First off, I just returned from a 3 day training camp with my triathlon team, Evotri. We were in Chattanooga, TN home of our Quitana Roo bike sponsor. By the way, the folks at Quitana Roo are absolutely awesome. I highly recommend any dealings you could possibly have with them all bike related!
We spent time swimming at the local YMCA, biking the 'Hills' (as the locals call them. We Midwesterners would call them mountains!) of Chattanooga, and running. I was especially excited as we went to the Y twice and I was able to lift twice, staying somewhat on track with my figure competition goals as well. The biking was awesome. But I will admit, that I was easily put in my place. going from a max of a one hour ride on a trainer twice weekly with little hard exertion to a 3 hour ride with a significant amount of climbing in TN, was plenty for me to handle. But, alas, I survived as I knew I would. And honestly, I didn't get to run much. Saturday am, I bent over in the bathroom to put lotion on my legs before my bike ride and my back spasmed. OMG! I have NEVER experienced a low back spasm. Not pretty! So, like a dipshidiot (my new favorite word), I proceeded to ride the 3 hour bike workout after that, skipped the run that afternoon and got in the car the following day for a grueling 16 hour car ride home. None of which helped the back situation. By Monday I felt like an 80 year old grandma hardly being able to roll over in bed. A deep tissue massage by Emily at Utopia on Tuesday and I was on the road to feeling much better.
I love our team training camp! It looks like it's becoming an annual event in Chattanooga, TN in April and I couldn't be happier. My teammates are like extended family from around the country. Really, to me, it's like a family reunion.
This post may get long as I abruptly transition into the other awesome thing going on for me right now.
My Figure Competition.
2013 Wisconsin Natural Bodybuilding, Fit Body and Figure Championships, April 20, 2013
Panic struck on Monday as my posing suit arrived! It is absolutely gorgeous and exactly what I ordered and what the picture looked like online. However, just like a lot of things in life, until it happens to you, you really don't understand.
The thing is eetsy- beetsy, teeny-tiny; like 4 inches wide for butt coverage. I put it on and about freaked out! I am 43 years old! What the hell am I thinking?! How am I going to get up onstage and trot around in front of hundreds of people in this thing!? What will my girls say? They will be mortified. All this is going through my mind. After a few anxiety stricken messages to my friend and coach, and scoping out Youtube videos to assure myself that that is what it is supposed to look like, I started to settle down. At this point, it is what it is. I told myself, "Man up girl and OWN this thing. You are going to be fine. You are ready. Just make sure that glue sticks and have a tequila before you go out!" Really, I have to tell myself this stuff or I will not get up onstage.
Wednesday I had my last one-on-one before the show with Kim (coach). I wore my posing suit and practiced posing with her again one last time. We did a short pump workout. Then we spent a LOT of time going over my workout and nutritional changes for the last week. I plan to do a post on this in a few days with more detail.
Big excitement for me.... I was also measured for the last time before show date. My first measurements were 10/24/12. My weight is down 8 pounds. Body fat via caliper testing is now less than 8%. 8% is as low as her chart goes for a 43 year old bag and my measurements are beneath that. Overall, I have lost over 8% body fat. The goal for me never was weight loss. The goal was to build muscle mass and lose fat. Apparently, I lost more fat poundage than put on muscle weight as my body measurements basically did not change. In fact, everything shrunk a little in size. In other words, I still feel like a skinny triathlete. But that's OK because I AM still a skinny triathlete. I would like to be bigger. In other words I would love bigger quads and more muscle everywhere. But, I think at this point I am proportional (meaning, not big anywhere!). I just think more time is needed to build more muscle mass.
Here's the thing....this upcoming week really needs to be about attitude adjustment for me. I am nervous and scared that I won't measure up. My fears are real as are everyone's when they do something for the first time. But, I have to work on my mindset and constantly reaffirm to myself that I have done the work. I have put in the time. I have NEVER looked like this before. I am doing something I have always dreamed about. In other words; LIVE IT UP!