…til my first bodybuilding competition of the year, that is.
Wow, hasn’t that time flown?
It really does feel like it has, but not in a bad way. Sometimes, when you realise it’s the 14th July and it feels like it ought to be somewhere circa early-April, it’s a horrible panicky feeling. Like time has whizzed past and OMG you can’t be ready and it’s all been a bit manic and a lot stressful.
Not so this year, not so this prep. Yes, time has flown – I can remember being “8 weeks out” – but here I am, a week exactly to the day, and it seems about right, really. Prep has been drama-free, hard but not difficult, challenging but not painful and… just kind of “what I do”.
This first competition is one in (hopefully) a long string of competitions this year, so I certainly wouldn’t want to be feeling at the end of my tether yet! If I need to feel like that at all, I’ll save it for the build up to the highlight of my season, whatever that turns out to be. This one’s a qualifier and, whilst I’m always “in it to win it”, the goal is to qualify (that being what a qualifier is for, after all).
So, with seven days to go, it’s all about keeping my head together, focusing, minimising stress, maximising sleep (!), and ticking off the little things which combine to make a big difference. Here they are, in no particular order:
– posing practice (there’s one pose in particular I need to work on to get just so)
– routine practice (although I think I could do it in my sleep by now!)
– dry body brushing, showing with PH-neutral shower gel, and all those other skin-prep details which really do make a difference to tanning
– finishing this bottle of Fushi’s Gotu Kola and green coffee body oil which I was kindly sent to try out and I added to my “let’s give it a go!” skin-prep – I like it and do think it’s helped slightly
– getting beautified (it takes several appointments throughout this final week, trust me on that one. I am quite old now)
– choosing my suit for pre-judge (“plain bikini round”) and sewing the straps up so it fits just so
– packing my little red wheely case for the day
– deciding on what I’ll eat when I get home late on Sunday night
– sitting with coach Vicky to come up with a sensible* plan for the days and weeks after the comp (mental and physical, mindset and socialising, diet and training)
– developing a strategy for show day itself (what I’ll eat, what I’ll drink, how much and when, how I’ll pump up, whether I’ll find a quiet corner and sit by myself, or head out front to watch some of the show)
– tanning! I know some competitors think it’s a pain in the glutes but I love it! I love the smell of it, I love the hilarious elaborate rigmarole of it, and I love the fact that my sister is my Chief Tanner these days – nothing will bond two sisters quite like the phrase “right, time for your boobaloobs – lean right back so they lift up” 😉 #sistamatic
… Sista, if you ever compete (Figure, natch!), I’ll tan your boobs for you xx
*(I’m loving “sensible” at the moment – amazing how calming and freeing it is to know that, actually, you don’t want to go mad and eat a load of random crap – and what’s more, you don’t have to!)
No progress pics, I’m afraid. They are saved for nearest and dearest – the rest of you can wait til I’m on stage. There are some on thefitwriter instagram but a lot of them have been filtered through artsy apps, or chopped into bits (usually minus the head 😉 )
Here’s to these final seven days! If you’re coming to the show, I hope you have a fantastic time and enjoy yourself. I look forward to updating you all… in a week!
Any questions? Leave a comment and I’ll do my best.
Nicola Joyce – the Fit Writer – is a freelance copywriter and journalist who writes for the sport and fitness industry. Her main website is here.