Well I did it. I set out to accomplish a goal and in the ten week time frame that I had to compete I not only completed my objective I also took home not one, but TWO trophies in acknowledgement of my success. My initial plan, when agreeing to enter into my first ever competition, was to register for the Bikini Model category and to join my friend Sandra Rodriguez in Vancouver for her entry into her third competition. Her registration would have been in the Muscle Figure category for the annual Sandra Wickham, IFBB Fitness Pro
My friend Sandra and I both trained side by side at our local Victoria YM/YWCA center and while anticipating the upcoming event we often shared on our food likes and dislikes. She cannot stand the texture of sweet potatoes and I was gagging at the thought of having to eat more millet. The scientific nutritional plan that our trainer Jose Flores had designed for us was working incredibly well in spite of our challenges with some of the food intake.
Our plans for competition registration for the Vancouver event changed when I had attended a local live DJ party held at The Craigdarroch Castle in Sept 2011. While socializing that evening I met one of the owners of one of Victoria’s local nutritional supplements stores. He mentioned the upcoming first annual Fit Life competition here in Victoria due to be held the same day in November as the Sandra Wickman event in Vancouver. After some consideration I mentioned this to my friend Sandra and we both did some research on the registration and competition criteria and then decided to enter the Fit Life competition instead. Wanting to support sports events like this for our own city was a huge motivating factor in our decision. Also the stress of traveling on a Remembrance Day long weekend coupled with the expense of hotel rooms and pre-show preparation was not necessary if we stayed here in Victoria.
The final registration night was held on the Friday before the Saturday show and that is where we had our first introduction to the other woman who were all set to compete. I have to admit that at first I did not want to show too much enthusiasm as I thought it best to psyche some of the competitors out in true Arnold Schwarzenegger style… I loved that about him in the documentary Pumping Iron, especially when he gives Lou Ferrigno such a hard time. It was all in good fun; however the editing in the film makes it appear as though Lou is not taking too well to the teasing. Either way I went into this endeavor with good intentions and honed in on my natural sense of fun and play to connect with the other women.
We had our spray tan sessions individually and by the time we were formally introduced to the judges and the other volunteers, that were promoting this event and showcasing their own businesses, there was a general sense that we were not actually competing against each other as much as we were preparing to create an experience that Victoria would not soon forget. The amount of team work and organization for pulling off such an event in its first stages is enormous. In spite of the chaos back stage the 15 women that contributed in this Fit Life Fitness show not only had the courage to enter what was for most of us our first competition, we also had the knowledge that we were working together as a team. I believe that is how we succeeded; with team spirit and an innate sense that together we can do anything.