As you already know, I competed in the Arizona Open this past Saturday. It was an amazing experience to be part of such a large show. There were 216 competitors and about 60 of them were in the Figure division. I did the Jr Masters (35 yrs of age thru 42) and Open class D. I got second in both classes!!!! I can’t believe I placed so well in such a large show considering this was my first round of competitions.
I was SO nervous on my first show, the weekend before last, that last week I spent my entire time working on my self confidence so that my body wouldn’t shake the same way it did before. I think it worked since I felt MUCH better this time around. I still need to work on my stage presence but this is something that it gets better the more you step on stage. At least I made an improvement and that’s all it matters.
Overall I exceeded my expectations going into this show. Exactly one year ago I decided I would do the AZ Open 2011 and wanted to at least look like I belonged on the stage. Somewhat competitive. However, my secret hope was to place top 5 but I wasn’t really “expecting” it.
Well, not only did I place top 5, I got second place!!! WOW!!! I can’t believe I’m qualified to compete at a National show! I won’t be competing again any time soon since I feel that there are things I still need to work on before I even consider that. Not because you place top 3 on your local show, means your body is ready to compete at the national level. If I ever do that, I want to bring the best package I can bring and again, be somewhat competitive. …. I know at this moment I’m not ready for that.
I’ll talk about what I need to improve on another post 😉
But for now, just know that I’m still in cloud NINE and still trying to soak everything in from this weekend! I was blessed with my friends and family supporting me and giving me strength to be on stage! I also met wonderful & gorgeous ladies and can’t wait to share the stage with them again.
**WARNING** Lots of photos up next: