Today I am writing a blog on the ups and downs of comp prep. Before I started on this journey I had no idea what I was letting myself in for. I started weight training in June 2013 and decided to do my first competition in November 2013, this was all well and good but I decided just four weeks out from the comp that I was going to do it. I was probably sitting at around 16% body fat at the time! When I got on stage four weeks later I was around 7% body fat.
I sat down with my coach and told him there was a competition in four weeks and did he think I would be ready in time. His answer was YES but then told me exactly what I would have to do in order to drop the fat in time to get on stage.
At the time this all sounded pretty simple, train 3 times a day for 4 weeks with no rest days and stick to the diet. Boy was I wrong!!! The first week was tough, as soon as I woke up each day I would throw on my clothes and go for a 20 min run or head to the gym for 20 mins cardio, bearing in mind I had not done any cardio for around a year this nearly destroyed me. I would eat at set times, weight train for 45-60 mins in the afternoon then back to the gym in the evening for another 20 mins cardio. Trying to run a floristry business whilst prepping was probably the hardest part of prep.
Not knowing if I would drop the fat in time and panicking the whole way through was a nightmare. If I thought it was bad the first two weeks of the four week prep then I certainly hadn't prepared for the final two weeks!! As my body fat started dropping I found that my concentration levels were practically non-existent so in the final seven days trying to invoice or even putting an email together took about four times longer than usual as I kept making countless mistakes.
The final seven days of prep I saw a massive change in my body but my head was driving me insane. Tears and tantrums were at an all-time high and concentration levels were at an all-time low! I had to write everything down because even by the time I had walked up the stairs at home I had already forgotten what I had gone up there for.
To anyone thinking about competing be prepared to go on an insane mental journey, until you have experienced it I don't believe you can ever imagine what you are about to put your body and mind through during this time.
For me the first prep was by far the worst, not knowing what to expect or how your body will change so dramatically. This was by far the biggest head f*@k of my life!
However; since then I have competed another five times in the space of 11 months! Why? Call me crazy but I enjoy pushing my body to its limits, progressing and seeing if I can better myself every time I step on that stage ;-)