As many of you know I competed in the 2004 Northern this past Saturday, April 3rd.
I weighed in at 179lbs as an Open Light-Heavweight. There were 7 in my weight class, and they did not even place me in the top 5.
In my opinion I should have lost more weight and entered as a Middle-weight (the cut-off is 176lbs). Also, I was not cut enough, very lean, but I lacked the "ripped" look that was needed, I looked "flat". The competition was stiff, as expected, it always is at this particular show.
I have watched the pre-judging video several times, it was definitely close all around. I am not going to make any excuses or say I deserved to be placed higher. If that is how the judges saw it I am sure they were correct.
I am not upset in the least though. I am now even more motivated! I plan to compete June 26th in the Colorado State Championships, another tuff show, and it's a national qualifier.
I will take the next week off from training and of course from dieting, and then back to the game plan. Which is to compete as an Open Middleweight at this next show, and get leaner.
I posted some pics, I apologize at the quality, I had to extract them from the video, my wife could not take pics cause she was video taping for me which I felt was more important to get an accurate assement of myself, my stage performance, etc.
I was very happy with my overall stage performance. I came off confident, no shaking, no cramping, that is one aspect that I was 95% satisifed with.
I wanted to post the entire pre-judging video here, but I am having trouble getting a decent copy on to digital media.
I should have some better pics in a few days and if so I promise I will post them. I have nothing to hide.
(click the thumbnails for larger size!)