Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Competition Mode

To compete, or not to compete, has been my biggest question since I hacked off almost all my weight.  For the sake of making a story out of my accomplishment, I feel as though I have to compete in some way.  Through fitness competitions or marathons.  The problem with marathons is this:  my knee.  While, yes, it feels very strong... any kind of longer term running on concrete (which, lets be honest... most marathons are run on city streets) would have negative long-term side effects to my knee.  The impact would be too much.  When I first started exercising again, I was set on doing an IronMan (the tri sort of ironman).  The idea of doing that was shortly squashed thereafter when I learned of the imminent need of a knee replacement at the age of 45 if I were to compete in such a way.  This (with however appealing an ironman is) is not so appealing to me.

Last night, I finally had the right mindset about competing at the physique level on stage... I told myself "If I can get my body to look like that, nothing else on that stage matters".  And that is the god honest truth.  Everyone who competes (while, yes, they do want to be aesthetically pleasing) competes for the sheer idea of enduring and triumphing on their journey.  The journey that took them from where they started to where they wound up on that stage.  Getting that lean is crazy.  But people do it.  Anyone can do it, if they have the right mentality.  So, where does all of this dosi-doing get me?  More towards the idea that I awnt to try to lean out now, and see where I can land.  The major factor affecting all of this is the mere idea that this sport is actually pretty expensive if you are actually going to go through with a show.  From the suit to the nutrition and training to the tan, everything you have to do.... To be stressed about how to pay for it if I were to actually go all the way would be something undesirable in my mind.  Oh!  and the supplementation!  I would go for physique.  I can gain muscle naturally pretty well, but creatine and the other muscle growing supps (all OTC and purchased at super supplements...) would add up too.

The best thing I can say as of now: I finally no longer care about the idea of doing a routine.  As I said, if i can get that lean, nothing would matter on stage.  I just need a good paying job now!  Anyone?  haha

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