i never get tired of that pic!!
i won 4th place in the heavies in the largest NPC arizona open in history! this show was huge! and the competition was unbelievable. the light heavy class was simply absurd. i'm not kidding. this show was fucking ridiculous. i was shocked at how many guys in shape that were there.
i was the youngest and the lightest (weighed in at 201.6lbs at check in) out of my entire division of 11 men, and placed 4th in the open heavy weight. there was only one other guy who weighed less than 215lbs in the class. the other dudes who placed ahead of me were 37, 47, and 42 years old (2 of which weighed in at 224lbs, the top of the heavies) and all looked ridiculously hard. the winner of my division went on to win the overall, and the 47 year old was just incredible. it was an honor to place behind them.
i also did the men's open novice and was one of only two heavies to enter out of 24 entrants (yes, that's 24 guys in my division), and was the only heavyweight in the first callout of all light heavies. the first callout was 8 guys. they only place for 1st-5th, but due to my callout i placed at the very least 8th out of 24 of light heavies, which i was very happy about.
i'm considering doing the november western regional with the aspiration of winning the men's open heavy.
omg! no little tuna, my goal was top 2! that was before seeing the entrants! i was planning on about 6 guys showing up, this was the biggest field ever little tuna! the told you so lies in that i showed up in shape, over 200lbs, and beat guys my height that weighed over 20lbs more than i did.
good luck at your next swim meet tunen. and be sure to piss off and never post in my threads again :)
anywho.......... thank you so much to all who followed my log and helped me stay positive and motivated. i greatly look forward to doing it again and encourage everyone who does a show to do the same. this is what a bodybuilding website is all about and isn't what's found enough in our sport. positive encourgement and realistic constructive criticism. thanks to those that gave it. that includes you james btw. even though i thought you were too much of a dark cloud at times i know you just wanted me to do my best. so thank you.
two things that i really learned to implement for next time;
1. get a prescription sleep aid. i was running on no sleep for the past two days going into the show. it messed with me mentally. i guess it was the nerves/anticipation that wouldn't allow me to rest and i felt incredibly exhausted the entire day of the show.
2. don't be afraid to eat the day of the show. for fear of losing sharpness/dryness i was still low carb up until after prejudging. then i ate a sandwich with chicken and ranch dressing, took a nap (kind of, more like just lied down) for an hour, and looked way more full and vascular. i was actually mad that i looked so good and the actual judging portion of the show was done. it's ok though, and again i know what i'll do next time.
i am very happy with the results considering the circumstances. had i done how i did with the level of competitor last year i would have been dissapointed. but this show was just incredible and the heavies had more entrants than it ever had. couple that with the fact that i was the lightest entrant in the division and beat guys who weighed 20lbs more than i did, and lost to a 37, 42, and 47 year old who all had the grainest hardest physiques in the show (and all 3 were incredibly nice gentlemen as well, i had good conversations with all of them and they were very encouraging), i feel very good about how the judges assesed me and think they were very fair.
and the overall winner was the 37 year old heavy, his name is scott stevenson and he actually trains with david henry and helps him with his diet. and it was pretty close between the top 3, to give you an idea how these guys looked. again, it was an honor to place behind them.
No, get some melatonin and take it sublingually about 30 mins prior to sleep.Quote
Who did your contest week prep? Why would you not eat? If you were taking a diuretic as well, this will flatten you like a pancake. You should have started your carb up Thursday at the latest, not gone low carb until the day of the show!Quote
Again, congrats for improving on your showing from last time, but I very sincerely hope you listen to the constructive criticism that many of us are giving you here.