Bikini or Bust
Those of you who are friends with me on Facebook know that I’ve confessed to training for a bikini physique competition. I started three weeks ago and it took me that long to tell anyone besides my family. Before the three weeks, and many times during, I wasn’t sure if I could enthusiastically address the question: “Are you really doing this?”
I finally have an answer: HELL.YES.
I’m jockeying for a spot as a master’s athlete on the Plant Built team. Plant Built is a group of vegan athletes who debuted at the Naturally Fit Super Show in Austin, TX this last July with over 25 athletes representing in every category from the physique competitions to powerlifting and CrossFit. The premise of the team is to demonstrate that vegans can be competitively strong in whatever we want. We can even get on the podium, which many of the Plant Built athletes did across all categories in Austin.
I also personally represent the everyday athlete – you guys, the working parents, and the women over 40 (over 45+). Simply: we can pursue any wild endeavor. Even ones that might seem ridiculous or against the norm. Honestly, who cares. I realize that a bikini competition may seem ridiculous. It certainly did to me at first, but the training, dedication, and mental toughness required to do this thing is no small matter. In fact, it will be hard. And that appeals to me. My focus has suddenly become laser-like to the point where I feel wildly empowered. I suppose that’s what happens when you decide to be all-in. I also love the idea of being part of a team and doing my best to represent them. The support from the gym so far, from my vegan community, and from my family have made me believe my suspicions: that I can do anything. Which brings me to an equally important point: So can you. Seriously. Go participate in something even if it seems crazy.
I want to be clear about one thing: I am in no way disappointed in how I look now. I love my body. Though I’m excited to get leaner and stronger, these things are in no way a requirement for my worthiness or acceptance by anyone else or even for higher self-esteem. I’m pretty esteemed. I’m treating this as if I’m training for any other sport, a new sport at that, where I’ll have to learn — and sometimes fumble through — the ins and outs with practice, patience, and consistency. Except in this sport I get to wear something sparkly in the end. Awesome.
Wish me well, friends. And go for what you want no matter what anyone else says.
A) Kipping pull-up skill practice (10 min)
B) 20 Front squats (+2%)
C) AMRAP 10
12 Alt DB Snatches (55/40)
And Coming Thursday
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