I’m knocking them off one at a time and I’ll get around to answering your e-mail.
As for the contest results I won the Heavyweight class so I’m pleased with that. The overall was won by the light-heavyweight winner.
I have to admit, I wasn’t at my personal best. My conditioning wasn’t as sharp as it was in my last competition back in November. But hey, you aren’t going to hit a home run every time. While I don’t like to make excuses for things, the fact of the matter is that I did have some extra challenges this time around that I didn’t have to deal with for my past shows.
My muscle tear back in January certainly didn’t set things up good from the start, because between January and March I was literally going through the motions with my workouts using not much more then the weight of the machine handles for a lot of exercises.
Then about a month out from the show I pulled my left quadriceps muscle while training legs and I couldn’t even walk without pain for over 2 weeks, so that meant 2 weeks of no cardio when I normally average an hour of cardio per day during my contest prep. That alone could have been a big reason why I came into the show a few pounds too heavy and never made the light-heavyweight class like I had planned to do.
And finally a week out from the show my girlfriend's dad passed away and that just drained us all emotionally and put a lot of stress on the whole family with the funeral and all that stuff.
Even though I never cheated on my diet, etc. I really feel that the emotional stress of it all hurt my conditioning. I normally take it easy and try to keep things as stress free as possible the week before a contest, but this time around I certainly couldn’t do that. I found it very hard because we were close with her dad.
But I still followed through with everything and competed in pretty decent shape despite of everything… Another show in the books, and another trophy on the mantel… that brings our total number of bodybuilding trophies up to 23. It is a nice little collection that I’m quite proud of :-)
If you ever stop by anytime for tea and crumpets, you’ll definitely be getting the tour of the Hayward Bodybuilding trophy collection LOL
Anyway here are some pics from the show, the individual ones were taken from my posing routine and the group pics are from the overall…
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