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My Pro Debut… Smiling Nevertheless…

by Sharon Gayle May 28, 2010

Well, I am happy to say that I made it to and through my WNBF Pro. debut (May 22nd).  Unfortunately, the odds were against me from before I even stepped on stage as I was not feeling well and most definitely not looking my best. Nevertheless, the experience was priceless! 

The Pro. Figure Ladies, were all very pleasant, committed and focused!  Many of which were very seasoned, and with the WNBF for quite some time.  A reminder that I have my work cut-out for me to stand out and apart, at future competitions. 

Winning is desired; however, for most competitors the immediate goal is to place Top‑5.  A Top‑5, placement makes placing 1st In-Height a possibility, first in-height being the only way to win the OVERALL at any competition (but more about the rules/regulations of Figure Competitions in another posting).  This being my first WNBF Professional competition, my primary goal was Top‑5.  Sadly, during the weeks leading up to this very important event, I caught a bad cold, borderline flu.  My cold combined with extremely long workdays, created a trickle down effect, which was detrimental!  Due to the cold, I lost my appetite and was unable to eat my 8-meals per day; which affected my energy levels for robust workouts; further hindered by too few hours of sleep the week leading up to the big day.  Suffice to say, I headed to Virginia, not feeling or looking my best!  I repeatedly reminded myself along the way, that how you run the race is crucial and equally as important as winning! 

As with all goals and aspirations, all we can do is our very best; even with the flying wrenches that hit us head-on in preparation.  Sometimes, the bump on the head might be an indicator to sit the race out and focus on the next.  However, circumstance might not allow for this option.  Thus, one must forge ahead, using the process and outcome as a learning experience.  This was one such learning experience, one in which I have taken extensive notes!

To my WNBF comrade Sheretta, Congratulations!  You looked fabulous and were absolutely deserving of your 1st Place and Overall Win! ~SG.