The 2016 TriFitness Challenge has officially come to an end and as I have been able to sit back and reflect on the weekend and collect my thoughts, I am completely overwhelmed with emotions.
The past few years have been amazing but also very challenging mentally for me. I allowed myself to get into a horrible place emotionally and mentally allowing self doubt, lack of self confidence, insecurities, and issues with my own body image get to me and tear me down. I decided only 2.5 weeks out that I was going to do Grace and Physique. I was so afraid of making a complete ass of myself and didn’t have the confidence to put myself in a competition setting again for fear of failure and judgement. Fear of disappointing myself not being as competitive as I once one. Also for fear of how I would feel once it was over, hating my body and how I would look.
I decided to challenge myself and do what I know would be so uncomfortable. I knew that the physical prep would be intense and challenging. I knew that it was not going to be exactly the same as I am 8 lbs over my last competition weight, slower and weaker. I used several of my beach body workouts and programs as well as the performance line to help me prepare in combination with speed agility and obstacle course training.
I knew that if there is anywhere that I would be loved and encouraged no matter how I performed or how I looked, it would be with my Tri Fit family. They pulled me up after I had Quin and helped me fall in love with being an athlete and with fitness back in 2010 and their support and encouragement has helped pull me up again. Having my Beach body and Team Fit Force family as an added Cheering section made it even more special and fun.
I have been waiting and digging deep to feel more like myself again and to feel that confidence that I have been lacking and I finally got that back this weekend. I was not nervous at all. I felt so comfortable and had a mindset going in that relaxed my usual competitive side and allowed me to just enjoy the ride and do the best that I could do. I had so much fun and to my surprise, I did better than I had envisioned.
There is something to be said about challenging yourself. To “Fear no Obstacle”. Thank you to all of my friends, family and followers that cheered me on, believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself, supported me a loved me. You are amazing. I appreciate you. A special thanks to Al Rosen for not taking “not this year” for an answer and not giving up on me until I said yes.
So many people have asked about the Tri Fitness Challenge. I am excited to return next year and have decided to put together a little group to help anyone that wants to Challenge themselves next year. It doesn’t matter how far away from your goals you think you are. Doesn’t matter your size or shape. YOU CAN CHALLENGE YOURSELF. (you do not have to do bikini. You can just do the skills and the courses).
If you are interest in learning more about the challenge and working with me to get in shape, build strength and endurance starting now comment below stating your interest. I will message everyone this evening. This will include nutritional guidance, workouts, and accountability. (you can live anywhere)
To explain the picture, I took 1st place in my age group for Grace and Physique and 2nd place overall. CRAZY!!! I was in complete shock and disbelief when then said my name. I broke down and cried.