What a great month this has been. Dave Goodin’s MRI Texas Shredder show was amazing–one of the biggest natural bodybuilding shows of the year (302 competitors). There is truly something spectacular about competing in such a packed auditorium. The back of the stage, where we are held captive until the show begins, was crowded with beautiful bodies and filled with the familiar smell of oil and tanning products. It transported me back to my first show in 1998. The front of the auditorium was completely lined with product-laden tables of protein powders, shirts, shakers, energy drinks, posing suits, jewelry, natural diet pills, and diuretics, and so much more. What a production Dave’s show has become!! At the back of the stage people were either pumping up, waiting to get a final spray tan coat, oiling up, adjusting their suits, or calming their nerves by sharing stories about their family, diet, workouts, etc. I met some old friends from prior shows and made new ones. I met another vegan there too! It was his first show, and I hope he gets hooked. We need more herbivores gracing the stage.
The morning portion of this event went well, and I felt like I held up fairly well against some amazing competition. These guys were big and ripped! I entered four divisions (open bodybuilding, masters bodybuilding 35+years, open physique, and masters physique), so it was a really long morning turned afternoon. Ready for some food and a nap after all that business, Christy and I went for Thai food. We had spring rolls and vegetable stir-fries. I was already dehydrated, so was not too concerned about losing my conditioning from salt intake.
After a great nap, it was time to get ready for the night portion of the show. This is the time when the bodybuilders get to do their posing routines to a 60-90 second song of their choosing. We also get to find out how the judges placed us. I was happy to end up getting second place in the masters bodybuilding as well as third in masters physique. Not too shabby for a 44-year-old.
I was happy with my conditioning at the Shredder but wanted to take it even further for the Drop Zone showdown two weeks later. I cranked out some extra cardio and tightened down on the diet even further, getting to around 3.5 percent body fat. This show was a WNBF qualifier, so a pro card was going to go to the winner of each category. The Drop Zone was in Sugar Land Texas, about three hours out of Austin, so we had a hotel to stay in, and a smaller venue with fewer competitors made for a much more relaxed feel. I ended up with second place in masters body building and second in physique. Good placing, but no pro card.
I am now just five days away from taking the stage at the Naturally Fit bodybuilding show. It’s right in my town in a huge auditorium (Palmer Events Center). I was offered and gratefully accepted a place on the “Plant Built” team, where 15-20 vegan athletes will grace the stage in record numbers. It will be awesome to show what a herd of herbivore beef looks like!!
This is probably going to be the final show of the year before I start ultra marathon training again and concentrate on creating my new sport, the Power Marathon. This will be a sanctioned power lifting meet directly followed by a full marathon. Power, endurance, and a will of iron will be needed to excel at this.