Just over here building in silence. Early morning back day. I’ve been debating on whether I want to compete again this year. Weighing the pros and cons. I’m pretty sure I will, sometime in October perhaps. Still deciding on which show exactly. I figure I paid for my NPC card for the year, I might as well make use of it. Not to mention by that time I will have turned 35 and be able to compete in the Masters division. Did I mention I turn 35 literally THE DAY after Masters Nationals? Oh the irony.
In the meantime I am building for a few more weeks and then will start prep again.
I’ve had a lot of people (mainly my new coworkers) ask me why the heck I compete, it usually goes something like “do you win any prizes or money???” And then I laugh. Because i’m sure we’ve ALL heard that question. And when we tell them nope, just a trophy... monetary prizes don’t happen until pro level and even then they aren’t extravagant. The look on their faces when they realize the torture and restriction and discipline we put ourselves thru for literally a plastic trophy... priceless. But ultimately... it’s not just about the trophy. It’s that satisfaction of achieving such an extreme, long term goal. Especially as it pertains to physical fitness. Once you do it, and you SUCCEED at it, you become addicted to achieving better and better results. Monetary prizes be damned.... we want to beat our old selves.
What do we win? A better body obviously.... but overall: USUALLY (can’t speak for everyone) a better mindset, a better drive, better willpower, better discipline, better determination. It ignites a fire within that spreads across all aspects of our lives.
Bodybuilding, to me, is like playing a video game. We “level up” by getting better and better. It’s why i’ve consistently stuck with it. Even if I wasn’t competing for awhile, I was still pushing myself every single day. I want to be a better me than I was yesterday in every aspect of life.