Sadly I can’t give you the news I was hoping to bring back with me… I didn’t win, I didn’t even place. Sorry chaps. I placed 4th (of… um… 5!)
I’ll get the negative emotions out of the way first: I’m disappointed, sad and a little bit heartbroken. I fell in love with the Athletic class and felt at home in it. And (of course) I wanted to do well. With this being the first year it was on offer at a British Finals, the win took on extra significance – first ever British title holder! So, it’s a sad bye-bye to that dream.
Now onto the positives (because you know that’s how I roll): I really enjoyed the experience. I had a fantastic weekend and girls-only roadtrip with my Mum and friend, and plenty of others who came to support me on the day. I enjoyed every single moment of being on stage (well, until the moment they called 1st place and I realised I hadn’t even placed, haha – just being honest!)
On a personal note I am satisfied with everything: my condition, the changes I’d made since qualifier, my posing, my routine, my stage presence and (hopefully) the energy I brought to the stage and to the category. I wouldn’t change a thing (apart from my tan, which evidently is still a problem for me…)
Truly, the only thing I am sad or disappointed about at all is the result. Which is kind of a huge thing, but in some ways also just a small thing.
I feel we (coach Vicky and I) achieved everything we set out to achieve for me on a personal, physical and even mindset level way back in January when I first started with her. The only thing we haven’t achieved is the thing we can’t control: my placing on the day.
I’ve ordered the official photos and can’t wait to get them – Fivos the photographer is a fantastic bodybuilding show photographer and I’m excited to see his pics. I’ll share some when I get them. Until then, if you’re interested to see pics, scroll down to see some from a variety of sources including the BNBF’s iPad, and one of the show sponsors.
So for now, it’s goodbye Athletic class shenanigans and hello next goal:
What’s my next goal?
I’m doing the UKDFBA (United Kingdom Drug-Free Bodybuilding Association) competition in 11 days time. 🙂 I’ll be back in the Physique (aka bodybuilding) category (ie “no shoes”). I’m really looking forward to the show, which will include the WNBF Women’s Pro European Cup – a rare opportunity to watch a women’s Pro Show!
Stay tuned! (pics below the sign-off…)
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