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2019 OCB Pine Tree State

The 2019 OCB Pine Tree State Championships have come and gone. 

As I’m sitting here writing this, I’m not quite sure where I want to begin as I am still processing the day. As anyone who has competed before knows, the day is extremely long…

You barely sleep the night before partially because of excitement, but really the lack of sleep is mostly in fear of messing up your spray tan.
By 6am, you’re up and moving, eat your first meal, pack your stuff, head to the venue, wait for competitors meeting, get tan touch ups, eat your next meal, wait around until the expediters call for your division.
When they do, carb up, pump up, throw heels on and head towards the holding area.
Hit the stage, remember smile, walk off stage, and wait again until you’re called back for T-walks and awards…the day ends around 7pm and then it’s time to EAT!

I decided to compete in both the Figure Novice and Open classes. I’m in the middle height class = class B, and both classes had the same exact people in them. I ended up placing 3rd in my Novice class, and 2nd in the my Open class. Initially, I was not exactly happy, going into this show, I was shooting for 1st in my classes and a chance to compete for the Open Overall, but I fell short…The selfish side of me thinks I should have placed higher, but the judging is out of my control.

In the end, I may have been upset at first, but I know that I worked hard the last 5-6 months, I stepped on stage with a better physique than last year, I wore a suit that I made, and I placed top 3. So I am pretty damn proud of myself.

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I’m waiting to hear any feedback that the judges have to give me about my physique and presentation. In my opinion, my conditioning needs to be better…it was better than last year, but not as much as I’d have liked it to have been. Along with that my legs need some work – quad separation and getting that ham/glute tie in.

I look forward to hearing what the judges have to give for feedback. I know what I was missing (in my opinion), so I’m curious about what they were looking for on stage Saturday. Whatever it was and whatever they have to say, I can’t wait to take it and start working towards an even better physique for next time.

[UPDATE] Head judges comments: “You have perfect symmetry!  Focus on overall conditioning for your next competition. You have the perfect physique for figure.”

Post Show Meal

I shot over to NOSH Kitchen and Bar in Portland, ME after the awards. I went there last year after the Pine, and got their Mac ‘n Stack Burger — normal burger & things between 2 squares of fried mac n cheese (it was heavenly).

This year, I was trying to decide between getting a burger or loaded nachos post show, and NOSH is so awesome that they have a burger that would satisify both: Guacamole Crunch Burger – burger with giant tortilla chip, peppers, lettuce, guac, cheese, and ranchero sauce…ugh so good and it was gone way too quickly.

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Sunday

I had every intention of being “good” the day following the Pine, but that did not happen at all. I am disgusted, but also pretty damn impressed with myself and the amount of food that I can put down. Donut Love, in Hampton, NH was having a limited edition of jelly filled donuts, so I had to get them! And after that it was game over, I ate everything and ate all day..oops🤷‍♀️

I do plan to reverse diet. I do NOT want to rebound the same way that I did last year. I basically stopped meal prepping and stopped all cardio after my show, which was a horrible idea – I put weight back on so damn fast. So I meal prepped for the week as usual. My plan is to slowly increase my carbs back up as well as my calories, probably every 2-3 weeks depending on how my body reacts. 

What’s Next & Final Thoughts

I’m not sure when I will compete again. Leading up to the Pine, I was debating never competing again. It’s an expensive sport, it takes a large toll on the body and mind, and I want to be able to enjoy my life as a ‘normal’ 20-something year old. And there are a few things in my life that I need to put a little more focus into right now.
But I do think I will compete again, maybe in the fall, maybe not for another year or two. I don’t know. Now is the time for me to reflect on what/where I want to go with my training and I’m not going to rush that. 

As for Saturday, though I didn’t place as I had hoped, it was a great day overall. I was lucky enough to have Haley competing as well and to have great friends there to take pics & cheer me on. I’m incredibly grateful for the time and effort that Scott, the promoter put into the show, for the chance to gain more stage experience, for the knowledge that I gained over the last 6 months, and for the wonderful people and friends who have been by my side, continuously pushing me and helping me through this prep.

I don’t lose. I either win or learn.
-Nelson Mandela

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