I just returned from competing at the Jr USAs with a top 5 finish versus one of the most stacked fields of the competition season. Finishing in the top 5 let us all know that we belong in this category but as true competitors we all strive to finish first. So naturally it is disappointing when we fall short of that goal. We were all on the cusp of turning pro but unfortunately for many of us that was not our night.
Now I’ve heard every conspiracy theory possible about how I didn’t come out on top other than maybe the group of judges on that particular night just didn’t feel like I presented the best physique. When it comes down to it, that’s the only logical answer. I’m sure they are trying to make me feel better by justifying my placing with these theories but all I can do is attempt to get my feedback from the actual judges, put it behind me and make the necessary adjustments for the next show.
In sports, in order to win you must be willing to risk losing. The mark of a champion isn’t how you behave after you win but rather how you pick yourself up after you lose. I, like many of my Men’s Physique peers, are just that…champions. Now is our time to prove it. Who is going to put this show in the past and strive to improve for our next shot to make history at the Jr Nationals in Chicago in 4 weeks? I personally intend to do just that. I’ve been good at a lot of things in my life but I strive to be great and I’m willing to make the sacrifices necessary to do just that. I’m going to train my ass off for the next 25 days so that when I step on stage I have no doubt in my mind that I did everything I possibly could to present the best physique I am able to so that I can walk on stage proud that I left it all in the gym and kitchen.
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“Play like you're in first, but train like you're in second.” ~ Unknown