For me, when it comes to a show, it’s the cherry on top of the work that has been put in during the proceeding weeks and month. With our latest content being the week leading into an event, I’ve penned some thoughts as to the actual show days themselves.
Early to Rise….
Quite typically I don’t get always get a great nights sleep the evening before. Now, I know this doesn’t sound like a great kick off but there are some factors that balance this and some practical ones too!
One is bedding! I always take my own to a hotel in case the base tan runs and to keep myself cool but mainly it’s running over the following day trying to get my head in the right frame but the other factor also the excitement of the morning ahead.
I was always want to wake early ahead of the top coat of tan, more often than not the disability category is near the start of the show so getting to the venue early is the norm, which I like as it sets the day up nicely.
The objective for me after the top coat is to find some quiet space, a walk, a podcast, grabbing some food prepared and taking in the surroundings.
From 9ish I’ll grab a espresso then just take in the buzz from the venue, it slowly builds and it’s nice to see who is competing so it’s great to connect with some fellow competitors, whilst being respectful of those who just want time to themselves of course.
Sussing where you need to be and when for a pre contest pump up and readiness to hit the stage all calms those nerves so getting to the athletes meeting no matter how many times I’ve competed is essential.
Time to shine…
Time on stage seems to goes quick even though I know we’re typically up there for a while, I’ve never felt rushed which is fab – all competitors will get their time to hit their poses and try to soak it all in.
I love my time on stage – the build up, meeting friends again but I always loving staying for the rest of show if I can. I may be done but I want to learn, to meet & support those in other categories If capacity allows – it’s a bodybuilding show after all – I see it as an incredible learning tool!
Yes I’ll get myself a post stage treat but I love watching the celebrations, the effort and guidance being provided – it’s an inspiring place to be!
The journey home…
A great time to reflect, to take stock and to gather myself ready for the next challenge!!