A couple of weeks ago, I shared with you in my Revitalized post that I would be making some decisions about what the next steps in my competition journey would be. Well, decisions were made a couple of days after I published that post but I wanted to wait until November started to share what those decisions were.
Since 2010, I have competed in 10 figure competitions. I have placed in the top 5 in 7 of those shows and in my most recent show, I won my class. 2013 was the year I stepped on the national stage for the first time and while I did not do as well as I would have liked to, I discovered that I loved competing at the national level.
After Junior Nationals and the AZ Open in July, I began thinking seriously about what my next steps would/should be.How seriously did I want to compete at the national level? Was I hungry for a pro card? Should I continue doing figure or contemplate switching to physique? 10 shows - was that number I needed to stop at?
When I met with Randy a few weeks ago and we sat down to talk about my future & goals, he said something that really stuck with me. He said that he's seen me on stage in good shape not great shape and that I can't walk away from competing without showing up to a show in great shape and seeing how I do. I knew that there were shows that I could have used more time to train/lean out/etc but to hear someone else say it was completely different.
I walked away from my time with Randy knowing that if I was going to continue competing, I would have to make some serious changes. I went home and talked to Tom because these changes would affect not only me but him as well. I spoke from my heart and told my husband that I wanted to put myself in someone else's hands. Honestly, I was scared. Tom has been my trainer since this all started and now I was, in a way, walking away from him. I was surprised to find out that Tom felt the same way I did and agreed that it was time to let someone else take over.
November 1st, I became an official member of the BYB Fitness family and hired Randy as my new trainer/coach. The next few months are going to be spent reshaping parts of my physique and helping me get into the best off-season shape I can. This will mean traveling to & from Phoenix to train one-on-one with Randy in addition to training on my own. We've talked about the shows I would love to do next year but no concrete plans have been made. El Jefe (the nickname I've given him) has told me that I have the potential to do big things and his excitement is contagious. I'm even more excited for the remainder of this off-season and can't wait to see what I look like when I step on stage next year!
I'm ready to put in the work and make things happen!