“Seventh Time is a Charm”
This was my year of competitions! I decided to jump in head first and dedicate myself to figure and then fitness competitions. I started training the last week of January and my first competition was on March 22 in Northern KY, the day before Easter. I would have never thought that I would have won my height class, but I did. It was pure thrill being up on the stage seeing all of my hard work pay off. After the first competition I was hooked. My new goal was to win the overall title of all the competitors.
My next competition was two weeks later in Cleveland. Once again I won my class (and the 6 ft trophy) but not the overall title. Shucks. A week later I was in Cincy. I placed 4th in my class. I felt very slighted and that the competition was fixed. The woman that won trained at the gym that sponsored the competition. Others told me the same thing and I didn’t even want the trophy. I hid it in my room and erased the competition from my memory. Never again would I compete there.
From there was the National competition in May in South Carolina. There I decided that I wanted to switch over to fitness. I entered my first fitness competition in July in Fort Wayne, IN and placed first in fitness and second in figure. I felt great with only two weeks to get ready for the show.
I ended the season with a fitness competition in Baltimore. I placed first in fitness and fourth in figure. The women there looked wonderful, so I was fine with my placement. I fought with myself about doing one more competition. It was the same Cincy competition as earlier in the year. I wanted to protest the show, but at the same time wanted to compete one last time.
After going back and forth, I decided to enter. It was a large competition. There were over 18 women in my height class. The women who placed ahead of me in April were there again. I thought to myself that I could have been at home stuffing my face! Oh well, there was no turning back. I became a little more excited when I was told there would be a new head judge. Once on the competition floor, I was moved to the middle for pre-judging (that’s a good sign). I received compliments from my trainer and people in the audience. I felt good. During the finals it was announced that I won my class. Hip hip hooray for Louisville! Now came the title I wanted the most – the overall. They brought out each class winner and we competed against each other for the overall title. Oh, I wanted it so bad. I wasn’t a hometown favorite so I didn’t have the backing of the crowd. But, I DID IT! I won the overall title. In addition, I received the award (Best Symmetry) for the person with the most potential for the future. I received two trophies, a plaque, and a champion jacket! It took seven months and seven competitions – but the additional thrill was worth the wait!
M.Y. November 20008