I am competing in the INBA (International Natural Bodybuilding Association) women’s figure masters, novice, open, and classic (requires a one piece suit).
Upon getting information about tanning, I immediately contacted Janine, who was doing the tanning to book my appointment early. Emily cautioned that if you do not book early you may get an undesirable time slot. In talking with Janine, I found out that she lives about 20 minutes from where I do and she offered to do a pre-pre tan on Thursday night – two days before the show so that I’d have a base going into tanning. I am glad that I had the benefit of the first show so that I knew the detailed prep needed for optimal tanning.
Below is the meal plan which reflects what I ate before the first show.
WAKE UP: Drink 16 oz of water and take your regular vitamins
MEAL ONE: Eat 2/3 cup of oats with a Tbsp of flax seed oil added to them
with 4 oz of chicken with glutamine
MEAL TWO: Eat 6 oz of tilapia, 10 thin cucumber slices
SNACK: 4 Grapefruit wedges
MEAL THREE: Eat 3 oz of tuna rinsed with 1/2 cup of diced avocado and 2/3
cup of brown rice with glutamine
MEAL FOUR: Eat 4 oz of buffalo or flank steak and 10 asparagus spears
MEAL FIVE: Eat 4 oz of tilapia with lemon atop 1 cup of chopped Kale with
10 almonds and balsamic vinegar
MEAL SIX: Eat 3 oz of tuna with 1/2 cup of diced avocado and 1/4 cup of
roasted red pepper
The day of the show, I arrived at East Leyden High school in Franklin Park, IL. at 9am- the doors had not even opened yet. I was the first competitor there! Seeing Janine was comforting as we both could navigate the day and set up together. Once the doors opened, I grabbed my bags and entered the theater. Following Janine backstage, I poked around and found stairs leading to a basement area which was where competitors would set up. I set my things up carving out a space for myself in front of the mirror.
Prior to the competition, all the competitors gathered in the auditorium to hear from the show organizers who touted their drug free testing. They said that they will test (urine, blood) if the judges flag the competitor. Additionally, the promoters discussed show format for pre-judging and judging. After the meeting, competitors went back stage to wait for the show to begin.
I competed in as many categories-Masters Open, Novice, and Classic- as I could to get stage experience. Classic is a division in which the competitor wears a one piece suit.
I am pleased with my performance and learned a lot from this show, the INBA organization, and myself. At this point, I do not have any more shows on my radar.