I'm afraid that this blog is going to get very boring for most of you for the next seven weeks or so. I have three bodybuilding contests coming up that I will be competing in: September 28, October 5, and October 19.
The intensity of my preparation for these contests is a bit overwhelming. Most days, my carbohydrate intake is low enough that I don't always think clearly. I also begin to have paranoid worries that I will wake up fat the next day, dreams about bread, etc.
It is hard to describe what an all-encompassing, totalizing thing bodybuilding contests prep is. It goes WAY beyond the lifestyle of a normal "gym rat" or fitness enthusiast. There are so many little details to be taken care of. Where did I put my NPC card? Where did I store the Liquid Sun Rayz tanning color? Where is my elastic band for pumping up the day of the contest? How do I get to the venue? Who will watch my stuff while I'm on stage?
But mostly, my thoughts revolve around doubts of the quality of physique I will bring to the stage. I think I'm getting fat. I've plateaued ... should I have a cheat meal or should I do an extra cardio session? Opt for extra sleep? Do I have time to join a tanning salon for a month? I think I'm getting fat. I look really small in the mirror today. I'm behind where I was three years ago at this point in the prep. And, that all-time favorite: FEED ME! I'm STARVING!
So, I hope you will bear with my temporary monomania for the next 6.5 or 7 weeks. At least, you can be thankful it is not you going through all this. And now, without further delay, a short video of one of my exercises at the gym this morning.