"Competition Brain"...a real phenomenon...if you have ever competed or if you are in the process of competition prep...whether it be bikini, figure, fitness, physique, or bodybuilding...then chances are, you will probably identify with this and I hope you will find encouragement in this post.
I was moved today by a fellow competitor friend's social media post today. I thought I would share her original post and my subsequent post in hopes that others in the competition world may be just as inspired and encouraged.
"Competition Brain"...this was something I myself felt and can identify with completely yet I could never quite put it into words or find a way to aptly describe it. Stephanie puts it into words perfectly and I just wanted to share it in hopes that it will help my competition friends who may be experiencing it and I also share it for those loved ones and friends in my life and in the lives of competitors in hopes that it will help you understand the increased sensitivity, reclusiveness, and extreme focus that competitors go through...these things can be misunderstood, as I know my training focus was misunderstood when I became less social at the gym or when I needed to train alone rather than with a partner. I am blessed and thankful for those in my life who were so patiently supportive. Not everyone understands the intense demands that undergoing competition prep requires while trying to hold all other aspects of life together...full time jobs with full time training, etc. It requires incredible internal strength and discipline...the outward physique may physically reflect the months of training & discipline, yet the real strength and growth occurs inside where the eyes cannot see. Strength is built from the inside out. When we feel weak, close to breaking...these are the moments where breakthroughs happen and where strength is gained...this is why we do it...not because it's easy but rather because it's incredibly hard and the hard is what makes it so great. Competition prep is a refining fire...a refinery of the body, heart, mind and soul. Just as gold is refined by fire, so are we. Original credit and thanks goes to Stephanie for the inspiration she provided to me. I respect, admire, and appreciate fellow athletes who "keep it real"...those who openly share their challenges. It's not all rainbows and butterflies. It's hard! We all struggle and may even want to quit at times, but in sharing our challenges we help each other to stay strong...knowing we are not alone...together we can make it through and emerge successfully. To all competitors out there...stay strong...knowing that the difficult moments will come, but these are the moments of growth.