Today I officially said the words. The same words I've said for the past 3 years around this same time. Ready? "I miss contest prep."
Yes, I know. Just a few weeks ago I was bitching about the hours and hours of cardio I was doing. How tired I was and how sick to death I was of eating the same thing, day in and day out. I was tired of going to bed at 8pm only to wake up at 4am for cardio. Tired of having to go to work at all as I viewed it as a huge inconvenience to my workout schedule. Tired of feeling run down all the time. Tired of coming home to feel guilty about neglecting everyone there. Absolutely sick and tired of answering the same questions over and over again.
"What are you eating?"
"You have to be really careful about what you eat, huh?"
Can I have some?"
"Oh, cause it's all weighed out and stuff?"
-yeah, and I only get 60z of white meat and that's it. go back to your donut
"You look tired, is everything ok?"
-i've been up since 4am and have already done 70 minutes of cardio. i'm not done...
That's a pretty accurate example. Note to all that are reading, competitors don't share food. We need it, ALL of it. And while I wouldn't really tell someone to go eat a donut, I do point out that non-competitors have options. Those dieting have their alloted serving of lean protein, veggies, and if lucky, a carbohydrate or fat source.
But despite all that, I miss it. It's ok though. I've got Twenty-Ten repeating in my head. Next year's competition season is going to be awesome! It's like the scheduling god's smiled down on me and arranged things the way I'd like. Hell, they even sent a national show to Texas! It'll be a lean summer for me. Chicago, Las Vegas, New York, and Houston, with a final stop in Atlanta. I'm excited.
And so I keep telling myself, Twenty-Ten! That's 2010 for y'all at the back of the bus. So with the future in mind, I'll be patient right now. Train hard, watch my diet, and remember what it's like to step on stage. It's the off season in which gains are made.
Go hard or go home!