^^ A couple of hours........ guess I'll wait then.
As much as anything, your condition and posing were the difference. Even just the way you moved into each pose. You looked controlled and professional. The others looked like they either didn't know how to pose, or they would hit the pose and not hold it, or only hit some of the pose (couple didn't tense their quads or legs in some poses). And your transition between poses looked calm while still holding most muscles tense. The others would often relax completely or look shaky as they moved between poses.
The little things pay off
Here is the video of the overall mandatories. The lighting went to shit at night and I looked much better at pre-judging than I did at night. Far left is the middle weight, then me, and on the right is the lightweight that won the overall. Oh, an the lightweight guy had about 30 minutes to eat and pump again after his class went while I had about 2 minutes.
^^ Agree with you Joe.
Looks like the definition was either washed out or lacking some oil or pump. Especially the chest, but also noticable in the abs. Looking at the side shots, Mike, your chest suddenly looked undefined. Yet from the back you looked great still.
If you only had a couple of minutes to prep for that round it probably cost you the win. Although the first place guy was insanly sharp.
Either way, nothing to be disappointed with. And congrats again!!!
I think you should have won creator. And I know this isn't how a lot of judges feel, but I think natural bodybuilding judges put far too much emphasis on conditioning. Your overal symmetry was great, your posing, color, and presentation was the best. Your conditiong wasn't as good as the overall winner but it was still VERY GOOD! You out muscled him by a lot. And I know that bodybuilding isn't just about size, but I think natural judges should just put a little more emphasis on that, and a little less on conditioning. Just my two cents. Great Job on the contest, you did an awesome job!!