The life of a competitor…Eat, Sleep, Train, Repeat…oh and don’t forget the endless hours of cardio, everyone loves the cardio. Sound familiar? I know, I’ve been there myself a time or two. When we compete we train so hard we lose sight of most things that really matter and the process becomes less and less enjoyable until, at the end, it is almost unbearable. You can’t wait for it all to be over so you can go back to “normal” life. This is how I used to compete and why after my last show in 2013 I vowed that I wouldn’t go through it all again, that I was happy training for life and life alone.
And then I found spin. There are no words to describe the immense impact a stationary bike in a dark and sweaty room has had on my life in its entirety. My body is different, my mind is different, I am different. That “cardio” I once dreaded became something I looked forward to and those 50 minutes I HATED scheduling into my already busy life were suddenly the most important 50 minutes of my day. When I step into that room, my busy life slows down. All those thoughts swirling around my head 24 hours a day suddenly become quiet. Every negative thought, every negative part of life disappears when the doors close and the opening track starts to play, it really is almost spiritual. And the physical benefits, I don’t even know where to start! In previous years I struggled to get my lower body to respond the way I wanted, I had the size but lacked definition. “It’s your conditioning.” How? I was doing cardio upon cardio, up to 45 minutes TWICE per day with no such luck! I could out run, out sprint, out climb almost every person I knew, please tell me how to get more “conditioned”?!?
In October 2013 I decided to stop competing, train for me, train for life. January 2014: Enter spin classes and YYC CYCLE- Spin Studio. The more spin I did, the leaner and more conditioned I became. My legs took on a whole new personality and suddenly became my favorite body part! I have always been strong but spin gave that word a whole new meaning. My body was transformed, I finally found a balance. I finally enjoyed training, cardio and the entire process of obtaining my dream body and thus decided to give the stage another try in the fall of 2014.
My recent competition prep process was BY FAR the most enjoyable. No crazy dieting (4.5 weeks prep!!), a lifestyle that was manageable and the best part…I had MY BEST body EVER! I maintained my spinning schedule teaching 3-4 classes per week, lifting 4-5 days per week with very little additional cardio and training needed. I stepped on stage October 4 at UFE No Mercy in Regina SK with my best competition package to date and took 1st place in the Fitness Model Category. I was extremely happy with my win but I couldn’t stop there. The following weekend I stepped on stage again at the Alberta Bodybuilding Association Muscle Beach 2014 show and placed 3rd in my height class in the Bikini Division. Again, extremely happy with my physique and everything I brought to the table.
What’s next? Will there be another competition? For now I am undecided but there WILL be more spin and there will be more training. Thank-you YYC CYCLE- Spin Studio and My YYC Bikergang for your continued and unwavering support along my fitness journey, I would not be here without you. I am inspired by my fellow YYC Motivators and Biker Gang to do better and be better each and every day. You inspire me to train harder, spin faster and in turn I hope to inspire others to do the same. From the bottom of my heart, thank you everyone for joining me on this crazy ride, stay tuned for the next tour.