I learned so much but still not enough. Nothing can prepare you for D-day.
I placed 7th out of 7 competitors. I'm satisfied and proud and it's a well deserved placing. The conditioning of other competitors was amazing and I see I have got a lot of work ahead of me to reach their level.
Day before the competition was official registration and weigh-in day. I made the category Fitness Medium with 74kg morning weight. I was really looking forward to starting loading but I did it wrong.
Next day was competition day. Started early counting on possible traffic delays but was really poorly prepared for the delays that actually happened. It took me an hour and a half longer to reach Portorož then expected. I didn't have any food in the car so loading was equal to zero. My stress levels increased and cortisol started doing what it does best in me - fill water under my skin.
When I came to the scene of the contest there was no more room for me to put my bag and no room to relax so I had to squeeze in a corner. That I could deal with. Of course I didn't bring enough food with me to fill the muscles, forgot to bring elastic straps to pump up the muscles and did not apply enough color on my body. Putting some glaze on me would also not be harmful.
Considering all the mistakes I made, being a natural bodybuilder and this contest being my first I'm very happy I made the decision to take part in this championships. I didn't have a trainer, didn't have anyone backstage to "tell" me what to do, only great support from my wife and my daughter. All "problems/mistakes" are a new experience and something I can improve on in the next few days prior to my next competition.
Although I had a friend on stand-by on Facebook I couldn't follow his advices due to lack of preparations for the competition (food, sodium, honey, rice cakes, etc.. ).
I'm not complaining, just analyzing/sharing with you what went wrong.
Enough analysis for now. Let's see some pictures:
|night prior to contest - 1st layer of color|
|night prior to contest - 2nd layer of color. Better shape then on stage :(|
|My greatest supporter and my life!|
|40 minutes before going on stage.|
My posing routine - Decrease the volume (camera problems :/).
I would first of all like to thank my wife and daughter for all their support, patience and LOVE they give me. I love you girls!
|Proudly presenting my diploma ;).|