I feel more comfortable on stage and better hitting my poses right away. I felt more like a professional. I didn't know anyone. That was the first time I've competed was my alone (w/out my friend competing too). My roommate was a friend of a friend.
I left there so encouraged. I have a new friend in Atlantanow and joined Dream Quests team and made improvements in my placings.
But I told 4th in my age group and 6th over all nationally. I decided not to the Florida because it's not long enough to make the improvement I need to make. I'm excited to work on the off season making minor tweeks to my physic and more readiness mentally. Competition helps solidify why I'm in the career I am in. It's a mental game and there are components that really matter when you changing your physic and training. For instance, 1. being ok with being 10lbs. heavier on the off weight can ready blow your mind and keep you from making the changes that you need for the following year. 2. Staying on top of your eating and replacing the extra cardio you were doing during season with spending time catching up on what you missed such as..taking long baths going for walks around Greenlake, and hanging out with my husband, son and friends. 3. Training differently-stretching the muscles that got neglected because of time, hot yoga, and fun classes like belly dancing.
After 10 years of competing, I believe in seasons, there are times and places for everything. I have to staying account with someone or a group of people simply for my focus and clarity or reminder of goals. Give yourself what you need or you will never feel fulfilled and most important love those in your life around you like my husband and family they are with me in and out of season.