New Bodybuilding Contest Schedule… And, No, Competing in “Open” Shows Does NOT Mean I Have Crossed Over To The Dark Side!
Monday, September 26th, 2005. Yup. I bumped the show date. Not only did I pick a different contest, I picked two shows in a row. Not only did I pick two shows in a row, I picked two shows that are NOT drug tested! (don’t worry, I didn’t cross over to the “dark side”, I’m still natural… I’ll explain in a minute)…. Not only did I pick two non tested shows, both shows are going to be fiercely competitive because they are national qualifiers! Wassup with that? Read on to get the scoop…
Here are my contest dates and locations:
October 15th: NPC South Jersey in Asbury Park, NJ
October 29th: NPC Gold’s Classic in Tom’s River, NJ
Why did I change show dates? Well, I’ve been mentioning in my blogs over the past couple weeks that I felt like I wasn’t quite at my peak yet. That’s why I was pushing so hard with cardio and dieting so strict with the carbs and calories cut so much lower just in the past week or two.
I’ve been rushing to hit my peak for this Saturday, when in reality, I should be at 100% at least a week out from the show. Then the final week is not about rushing to keep getting leaner, but simply for carbing up and dropping your water. Right now, I feel like I’m at about 97%.
I could easily do this weekend’s natural show the way I look today, and in fact would probably place quite well or possibly even win. Richie said to me this morning, “Yeah, you may be a few percent off, but with your genetics and your strong body parts like your legs (which not a lot of natural guys have), you might win the whole thing even if you were 90%.”
I agreed with him, but I told him I didn’t achieve that certain “look” I wanted yet, and that in 2 weeks I WILL be absolutely 100%. It’s not about where I place, it’s about being onstage knowing you’re at your absolute best – and beyond – better than you’ve ever been before! I want to display a physique I’ve NEVER displayed before. For me, there’s no joy in simply repeating past accomplishments (i.e., looking the way you looked at your last contest). I want to take it to a new level; and I am sooooo freaking close right now, but still not satisfied. So I decided to keep cranking two more weeks and hit the stage absolutely at 100% on
October 15th. Then, even if I get last place, I’ll actually be happier.
These two upcoming October shows are sanctioned by the National Physique Committee (NPC), NOT one of the smaller independent organizations. Although I’m not partial to competing only in one organization, (and I really appreciate the smaller natural organizations that do drug testing), the NPC is unquestionably the
premiere bodybuilding sanction in the United States and it attracts the highest caliber of competitors. Since these are both national qualifiers, the competition is going to be tough in the open classes especially because they are NOT drug tested events.
Of course, I’d rather compete in drug tested shows so I’m on a level playing field with everyone else, but the next NPC natural competition is Mike Katz’s show in Connecticut at the end of November (remember Mike from the movie Pumping Iron??)
As it is, I’m already looking at another 2 weeks of dieting to hit my peak, and then another 2 weeks to maintain it or even take it up a notch higher for the Oct 29th show. I think I’ll be dying and ready to EAT some PIZZA long before late November, so October 15th is much better – tested or non tested – whatever… bring it on. I’m not worried about “unfair” competition… all I have to do is come in at
100% and be completely shredded and I’ll compete with any middleweight, natural or not.
Actually, I’ve done tested and non tested shows, and I think it feels even better to be natural and place well in a highly competitive untested show than it does to be natural and win a natural show! I’ve done open non-tested shows before and placed very well. In 1996, I competed in the NPC physique 96 and placed 2nd in
the middleweights in a tough class of 11.
Yes, it DID feel good, and that four foot tall trophy is still sitting right here in front of me on the top of my desk to this day. Even though it’s a second place trophy, that one means as much to me as any 1st place trophy I ever won. I beat 9 other guys, and none of them had to take a drug test, but I knew that I had never touched a drug in my life.
I spoke to the promoters of both of these upcoming shows and I found out that according to NPC regulations, I can still compete in the novice division, because I have not won an overall NPC competition yet. My last show in 2001 was the NPC Natural Eastern Classic, and I won the middleweight division. At the time, I
thought that meant I could no longer compete as a novice, but I didn’t win the overall so according the NPC rules, I can do novice next month. I was also told that if I choose, I can compete in novice and also “cross over” into the open division as well (for a chance to win both titles)
Oh, I almost forgot. Either one of these upcoming NPC shows will qualify me for Team Universe next August 4th & 5th 2006. Team Universe is like the national championships for drug tested bodybuilding in the NPC. Competing in the Team Universe is not even like a “goal” for me. To be on that same stage where guys like Tito Raymond, Skip Lacour, Jeff Willet, Chris Faildo, Tricky Jackson And Jose Raymond have won their titles, would be more like a dream to me. All roads now lead to Team Universe 2006.
For those of you who read my blog who have emailed me privately or posted comments to say good luck on this week’s show, I thank you all, and will carry your good luck wishes with me through the next month for the two shows ahead which will be even more challenging than the natural show I had originally planned on competing in October 1st. I got my work cut out for me, huh? I’m goin for it, I’ll
keep blogging and I’ll keep you posted.
PS. I also scheduled two photo shoots to coincide with the two contests, with two of the top physique photographers here in the New Jersey/ New York metro area. The first one is in less than two weeks. I originally intended to post a lot more training pictures, but I found that it was a lot more difficult to get training photos than I thought, short of hiring a photographer to follow me around at every
workout (and it’s distracting as well). But in a couple weeks, I will finally start putting together a new photo gallery and will be posting many of the photos here on Bodybuilding Secrets.com. Keep following the blog!