Peak Week(s) 2 Weeks Out
In a few hours I'll be 2 weeks out from my second (first) official Classic Physique Bodybuilding show. It's been a long time coming as I feel like I've been preparing for this for over 4 years. I tried my hand at competing in the exact same show I'll be entering this year and took second in my division. This was bitter sweet to me as I know I didn't give my best during my preparation at all. As a matter of fact I intentionally sabotaged myself the closer I got to the competition, allowing my mentality to take over as I began second guessing myself. This led to me making decisions that impacted my turnout. The days leading up to the show I ate as if it were thanksgiving everyday, disregarded all protocols I sat in place, and never practiced posing, or a routine (which was a mandatory 60 second requirement), I basically free styled the entire thing.
I refused to post up any images of the show, although my ego was high at the time, I knew deeply I wasn't ready, as I captured no images or progress of my experience.
This time is MUCH different, I spent the entire year absorbed in discipline and managing myself much more closely, I surpassed last years physique WEEKS after my first competition, and now I have a goal of winning the overall category in my division. This will put me in place to compete at the Master Nationals in LA in December 2019, giving me a chance at winning my Professional IFBB competitor card. This is the first official MAJOR landmark of most competitors as an IFBB Pro card establishes you in that field. Adding to your resume as a professional.
Why this is mostly important to me is this is a lifestlye choice. The training, the dieting, the consistency, the stress, the rewards... it's all a daily life choice. To stand on a stage and showcase what this lifestyle has done for me is everything, to win just gives me a great pat on the back and validation (although not necessary) of the work I've put in.
While most people associate PEAK WEEK with the final week leading up to a bodybuilding show, my peak week begins 2 weeks out. I feel I should be at my PEAK as I begin the final week, and focus on managing my condition, diet, and deficits. My meals will be ground turkey, tilapia, cod, and lean steak to sprinkle in some lean protein here and there. Carbs will be light using mostly greens. I don't plan to do any carbing up until the night before when I'm at my lowest deficit, as my body has a delayed response, and it takes almost 24hours for me to regain full midsection control (vacuum poses) after a decent carb up.
Regardless, I am happy with my progress. I turn 39 years old this year and I'm in the best shape of my life, and feel stronger, faster, and more active than I've ever felt before. The TREBrand has brough a greater purpose into what I am doing, and keeps me accountable in all my decisions. My purpose is constant transformation, and always seeking out the best version of myself in order to create a better foundation of my life. Without Change, there is no Transformation!