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I love to travel. It’s one of my favorite pass times. There are a few moments in time when it becomes a little harder but I wouldn’t trade in a plane ticket to sit at home for anything.
In the past two weeks, I have been from Charlotte to NJ, NY, back to Charlotte and then to Atlanta before getting back home on Sunday. I’ve had my share of ups and downs despite traveling with my favorite Ultimate Muscle Protein powder and meals.
During my travels, the gym or lots of walking are included. I love the outdoors and getting to see the scenery that is around. There is a lot to see and explore even in your own hometown. It’s been helpful during my competition preps as well.
Preparing for competitions is more than working out.
It’s hard to explain to people that are not competitors, but competition prep requires you give of your mind, body and sometimes your soul. You have to be committed to the process and all that it entails.
The workouts are hard and taxing on some days. The nutrition part is actually the hardest part of it all. Well, that and drinking enough water.
How many times a day do you eat? How often do you add a sauce or condiment to your meals?
It’s real easy to take a healthy meal and upping the calories and/or fat with condiments, sauces and oils without even thinking about it. Salad dressings, ketchup, oils and more can be a culprit to not meeting your goals. For me, a downfall is nuts/fats. I start with good intentions but it goes down hill. It didn’t help with traveling. I bought some for driving and the plane to avoid buying candy or a burger. Well, I probably could have had those other things for the amount of nuts I consumed.
Longer preparation is in store
My coach and I have decided that I will not be competing in April. I am a little disappointed but totally agree that I need more time. I am not stepping on stage to just step on stage.
In 2015, I stepped on stage with a nine-week preparation because it was the last show in the year. In 2016, we made some changes and I ended the year in a great spot. As the season progressed I felt a little more comfortable and my body was changing with the work I put in. In 2017, I am not stepping on stage until my body is ready. It is not ready to step on stage in three weeks. My body fat percentage still needs to come down, which is first and foremost. I also am working on my posing with a posing coach. Those two things need to be in line and then we’ll decide on a show.
My cardio has been upped to two-a-days. I find it easier to do a high intensity interval training (HIIT) session in the morning for fasted cardio with a steady cardio at lunch.
Most of my HIIT sessions will include the treadmill in the mornings. My combinations will be a walk or run paired with a jump rope or incline sprints. As far as steady cardio, well, that will most likely be running along the river at lunch. There will be the occasional step mill or spin bike to lay off my knees. I do not want to beat them into submission. My body, yes. My knees, no.
You can make your HIIT sessions as creative as your mind allows. A HIIT session can be done indoors or outdoors, with or without weights and on or off a machine. Most of my HIIT sessions will include the treadmill in the mornings. My combinations will be a walk or run paired with jumping rope or incline sprints.
The step mill is good but the endless walking of stairs with no destination is killer on my psyche. You just climb and climb. Pointless but effective on the body. The spin bike on the other hand is a welcome change. The problem is that I don’t feel like I am getting as much on the bike. Maybe it’s because I do not have the resistance up enough.
My work continues and so does the journey.
What do you do when you hit a bump in the road? How do you refocus and stay on track?