A lot of you have commented, e-mailed, Tweeted, Facebooked, etc., to ask what my post-show plans are.
Before and during the show, I was contemplating another small show in October.
But I'd really, really rather compete in Figure than Bikini, for a number of reasons: I like the posing better (it's more suited to my personality, which is to say, not as flirty/sassy/sexy as bikini), I adore big capped delts and want to build myself a pair, and I think the judging in Figure is just a little more predictable than in Bikini, although all judging is totally subjective and, at times, political.
Unfortunately, I just don't have enough muscle to do well in Figure in this district yet.
So now it's time for a nice, long off-season. I know it will probably take years for me to gain enough size to feel 'ready' for Figure. Plus, when you look at most Figure athletes, they have a certain degree of muscle maturity that takes years to achieve.
|Nicole Wilkins, IFBB Figure Pro|
|Holly Beck, IFBB Figure Pro - she looks even more muscular in person!|
I do have a minor case of the post-show blues, though. I spent four months looking forward and counting down to last weekend, and now it kinda feels like there's nothing on the horizon. I've got to set some mini-goals, but for right now I'm just taking it easy. I felt really, really burnt out on the gym by the end of prep, so I'm taking this whole week off. I know I need a break when I don't look forward to lifting. I personally don't really stress over rest weeks because I know I'll be more motivated and stronger when I get back in the weight room.
Do you relish rest weeks, or do you have to make yourself take them?
Competitors (and anyone who has competed in/counted down to/trained for anything, really!!): how do you deal with your post-show/post-event blues?