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I’m back from my weekend in San Diego after competing for the third time this year. My original plan was to compete four times in 2012. After tearing my abdominal muscles before the August show, I had to withdraw. I didn’t train for 6 weeks to allow myself to heal which felt like an eternity. It was the first time I had an injury near a show and was very upset that I could not compete.
Since there was already one less show for me this year, I was itching to get back on stage. I reminded myself that healing without re-injuring was my top priority, so I eased back into training for 2 weeks. I had a quick and fleeting thought run through my mind if competing was best for me at this time, but I didn’t give it much further thought. I’ve always been a “doer”, so I automatically thought, “Of course I’m doing the show.” I was very determined to get back on stage, yet it wasn’t the ideal circumstances.
I rehabbed my body very well and felt healthy while gradually increasing my intensity. I believe that continuing with my HMB dosage before, during, and after led to my speedy and full recovery. I kept increasing the intensity with my strength and conditioning until I was at the level prior to the injury. Now I had 1 ½ weeks of my “normal” training until the show. In hindsight, it wasn’t enough time to feel comfortable for stage. On the other hand, the thought of not competing until 2013 was not an option in my mind. Once I was at the show, I realized that I wasn’t feeling like my usual self both mentally and physically. I also tried something new with my tanning and it was lighter than usual.
In the past 2 years, I’ve placed at the same level at this show, yet it is not about the placing for me. What is most important is how I feel and look to myself. This show was the first time I didn’t feel as ready as all my other shows. My passion for competing can definitely override what might be best at the moment.
I loved this venue mainly because we had plenty of space. We need a lot of room backstage with all of our beauty prep! The show itself was a lot of fun and I was able to catch up with my peeps. It’s always a pleasure to be in the company of others who share similar passions.
In the end I remind myself that whatever decision I make will always be the right one and I will learn from it. If I didn’t compete, I know I would be saying “what if?” with a tear in my eye. I often say that sports is my first love, so in any relationship I believe it is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. That is what I did.
Now I’m back to having fun learning punches, kicks, elbows, knees, chokes and many more! My progression in both Muay Thai and Jiu Jitsu is coming along nicely. Now that I’m healed, I will be continuing with gathering monthly footage for everyone to see. Stay tuned until next time! Make health and happiness your number one goal! Happy training!