You can read about my 16 week preparation here. But today I’m sharing my final week of preparation and competition day details!
One week out
I wrote this post mid-way through my final week leading up to my competition, talking about the realities of preparing for a bodybuilding competition.
The final week for me was about keeping my caloric intake up, eating more protein, more food. I also carb-cycled and waterloaded.
For those unfamiliar with it there are plenty of articles you can read but basically you drink a heap more water and cut your carbs, then start depleting your water closer to competition day and start “carbing up”. This makes you store as little fluid as possible in your body, and the carbohydrates bulk out your muscles.
This cycling made me really tired and fatigued at the start of the week, and then full of energy as I got to eat carbs again – yummy oats! :)
For my final few days of weight training I stuck to lighter weights and higher reps and kept doing cardio all the way up to Thursday morning.
I practiced my posing almost everyday and then it was the fun stuff – waxing, tans, makeup, hair!!
I woke early at 6am and woke feeling fresh and well rested. Surprisingly I didn’t have a sleepless night tossing and turning. It was strange, I felt focused and relaxed.
I had 2 poached eggs with helgas multigrain toast with fig jam and a strong coffee for breakfast with all my vitamins.
By 7am Brad had woken up and put my coat of Jan Tana (hi definition) on. On top of my two coats of tan it was going on well and looked fanastic! He did a great job making it as even and perfect as he could, wiping it on and dabbing and patting it with the applicator.
The night before I’d semi packed my bag, and a bag of food for before and after (choc-chip muesli bars, lollies, gatorade and an apple and banana. In my comp bag I packed my bikini and sports outfit, a change of clothes, makeup wipes, tissues, paper towel, my tan, glaze and applicator. I also packed makeup, bronzer and lipgloss, my shoes, competition heels and jewellery.
Before getting my hair and makeup done, I rested at home in the air-conditioning reading my book. I was feeling quite relaxed and not anxious at all! I had a 9am hair appointment about 20 minutes from home. I got my hair done, it only took an hour for my lovely hairdresser Andrea to clip my extensions in and curl my hair.
I then turned up to my makeup appointment an hour early at 10am and ran into Andrea, a fellow competitor, but friend (we share the same coach). Her makeup appointment was at 10am, so we just chatted while she had hers done.
My turn at 11am. I ended up getting blue eye-shadow done, which I was a bit scared about at first, but once the fake eyelashes went on it looked great! I drove the quick 5 minute drive to the venue (the Darwin Entertainment Centre) and started getting ready. By this time it was about mid-day – show time wasn’t till about 1.30 (Fitness Model’s were first on).
Backstage I set up my things. I was relaxed and feeling good. The vibe backstage was great. There was a fantastic bunch of girls, some newbies looking to Andrea and I (who both competed last year) for advice. Everyone was kind and sharing, sharing weights, bikini bite ( a special glue to hold bikini’s in place) and casual chatting.
I had my ‘cousin-in-law’ Kate backstage to help me again this year. She touched up my tan for my, evening it out and applying a light amount of glaze to give me a slight sheen. She also helped me put my bikini and jewelery on and glue my bikini too! Love that girl!!
There was a mix of nervousness and heaps of excitement in the air. It was so so nice to have Marnie, my coach backstage this year – she was competing in Figure later on. I’m so proud of her and thankful for all her help – not only has she been preparing herself for the competition, but Andrea and I!!
This year I felt so different backstage. I think just knowing what happens backstage, being on stage before and having some practice doing Miss Blood Sweat & Fears the other week helped settle my nerves and boost my confidence a little. (A shot of vodka may have helped too).
It’s show time!
Bikini round was first up! I was fourth to walk on stage (out of 9 other girls). Before lining up just off stage I remember jumping up and down in the halls and saying how excited I was to Marnie (after she told me “boobs out, butt out, hips back…”) HAHA!
Walking on stage I was feeling pumped (a tiny bit nervous), but excited. I was smiling, naturally and couldn’t wait to look out to the seats and try and find some familiar faces. I eventually found a couple of good friends, El and Karla and smiled even bigger when I saw them waving and whistling back!!
My walk went well, and I took my time posing. I remember looking at the judges faces too and taking the time to really look at them. For the bikini round they split the group and we did our quarter turns.
I was surprised they then called about 5 of us forward – including myself – I had to remind myself what number I was!
Coming off stage, I was beaming. Excited and couldn’t believe I’d been called forward for a second look! We had about 15-20 minutes to get changed into our sports gear. I checked my phone and found a couple of messages – one from Brad and Karla saying I did an awesome job!
Kate came backstage and she said her and Brad were sitting just behind El and Karla and that I did a great job and didn’t look nervous at all. Yay! She helped me get changed into my fitness gear without getting tan anywhere and touched up my tan again. I added lipgloss, then it was time to jump back on stage again!!
After our T walks, we did our quarter turns again, and I got called up again. We got shuffled around and then we kept posing in our line for what felt like an eternity. I was chatting to Andrea who was next to me in the line up and kept moving my posing around, focusing on my good points, and flexing as hard as I could and smiling – always smiling!
The judges then had made their decision and called 7 girls forward, leaving myself and two other girls – one from my gym standing behind. I thought, “Oh bugger that means I didn’t get a place”… But then… I thought, hang on – there are only three of us left at the back – that mean’s I have a place.
They called Rachel first (the blonde girl from my gym), she got third, and then my heart was RACING! Oh my gosh – never in a million years would I think I would get a placing – and here I was about to find out if I got first or second place….
They called my number – 12. I got 2nd place – INBA NT Natural Physique Titles Fitness Model 2013. Holy moley. I was in shock, big time! I couldn’t smile properly, I couldn’t think. I had a trophy in my hand! AHHH! So excited!!
After the competition
I walked off stage and handed back my trophy (a slight hiccup – they had to use the same ones as all the trophy’s didn’t turn up!)… and congratulated the other girls. I quickly went backstage, and watched the overall’s and then went out for intermission.
I saw Kate and Brad and Brad’s cousin Mick’s girlfriend Jacinta. I was so happy, gave Brad a big kiss. Everyone was excited and happy. I got a few photos – one with Brad below and one with Kate.
It was such a huge day. And even today, writing this almost a week later I can’t believe it’s all over and it’s all happened!