As of today, we are 362 days out (that is if I decide to do World’s next year). In the blink of an eye, the 2016 WBFF World Championships have come and gone. I came, I competed and I ate … a lot!
Seeing as how this was my first World’s, I had no idea what to expect. I had some insight into the itinerary. There was to be registration, an athlete’s meeting, media day, tanning, red carpet gala and of course the morning prejudging and the night show. However, in my mind I was convinced that I would find time to do plenty of YouTube editing and posting daily articles to the blog. What a silly rookie…
I WAS WRONG!!!
From the moment I touched down in Toronto to the moment I left, it was non-stop. Aside from all the events listed above, there was a ton of checking in with coach, working out, catching up with old friends, posing, cooking/prepping meals, exploring, more posing, minimal energy levels, oh… and even more posing. It felt as though each day was constantly in fast forward and then Monday happened and we were on our way back to Stamford, CT.
I guess that’s what happens when you’re having fun, right? Time flies and you try to soak up every single moment but the reality is that the good time needs to end at some point. But regardless of the withdrawal that I’m having right now writing this article, I can safely say that I wouldn’t change a thing.
The 2016 World Championships was one of the best experiences of my life. Merely addressing the competition aspect of things, I brought the best physique to date to the stage. I blew away the guy that competed last year and I truly feel as though I made an impression on a lot of important people. Even better was the fact that my mindset held strong throughout the whole experience. Last year I flat out caved and gave into the pressure. This year I overcame the pressure, I remained calm, and I exuded nothing but confidence and charisma on that stage. From a competition standpoint, it was a massive success.
Sometimes, however, the best part of these experiences is not just the stage. There will always only be 1 winner and everyone else falls into rank. That is unavoidable. We make up for that by how we make the most of all the time leading up to the stage and the time afterwards. I was able to spend some quality time with massive players in the fitness industry such as AJ Ellison, Justin Gonzalez, Williams Falade and too many more to name. I rekindled old friendships with truly inspiring people like Shawn McIntyre & Matt Ferro. And most importantly, I got to strengthen my friendships with those closest to me.
I saw some amazing sights in Toronto. I ate some incredibly delicious food. And the cherry on top of all of this was that I left Toronto with an incredible sense of accomplishment, pride, and happiness.
There are no immediate plans to step back on stage. That will shake out as the months pass. For now, I’m going to continue to evolve & grow my physique. Address some weak points and continue to put forward the best physique I can. I’m going to enjoy some well deserved adventures – most of which will undoubtedly involve food. And I’m for damn sure going to enjoy at least a donut a week.