I said going into both of this year's contests that, win, lose, or draw, this was a successful contest prep season. I used a list that @seidel_nutrition
introduced me to to determine this and I think it's a great list for any such endeavor:
1. Did you improve? (Yes)
2. Did you learn? (Yes)
3. Did you have fun? (Yes)
4. Did you sacrifice your long term health or important relationships? (No and No)
With those answers, I knew going into these contests that I'd succeeded in my goals. Bodybuilding is meant to improve one's life, not detract from it, and I'm lucky to say that, especially within these last few months, that's been very true for me. Hearing Tom Platz talk at House of Pain and talks with Clinton Devall and my wife really helped put me in the right mindset for this season. So, win, lose, or draw, I was and am happy.
Win, lose, or draw...Amazingly, last night at the MO State Championship, that result came up as "Win" for me. For the first time, I ended up taking first in my Open Classic Physique class (the physically smallest of the three classes). Then I went up against the winners of the two other Open Classic Physique classes and somehow managed to take home the overall -- another first. To say I'm still in shocked would be a bit of an understatement.
But more than anything, what I loved about my first experience competing for the Overall was the fun the three guys up there had. After the posing was done and the judges were handing out other rewards while keeping the three of us on stage, we were all laughing and joking with each other. While each of us obvious wanted to take home that trophy, there was no sense of hostility or antagonism, only comradery and joy. That's an experience I will never forget.
A huge thank you to @houseofpaingym @underrated_muscle @clintdevall @stacyfuj_ifbbpro @ricky_esp1315 @btitzmcgee @beardedbrawn23 @ifbb_pro_kevin_ford
and more people than I could possibly list for all your support and encouragement and understanding.
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