I was scanning through some of my favorite blogs the other night, since I hadn't done so in a while, and read a post from Kristin's blog that I could completely relate to.
The question to compete or not in two or three shows this year? It is exciting to set goals and achieve a figure girl physique. the goals help me train hard and keeps me focused on reaching my goals but the sport can be pretty expensive.
Kristin decided to eliminate competing in what would be her first show this year in May due to financial reasons and time constraints based on education. I feel her dilemma because I am experiencing both as well.
My first show would be in August, my second in October and the third in November. When I think about each one I can't help but cringe thinking about the cost. Costs related to figure competing include registration for each show, keeping organization card up to date (my NPC card cost $85), supplements depending on the brand can be very expensive. I spent at least $50 a week. A suit (I would probably use the same one I have now for all three shows). It cost $270 and shoes were $80. Pedicure/manicure, highlights and cut, make-up application, and tanning cost nearly $300. All this for one show. The next time I compete I could definitely do without several of these but since this was my first show I wanted to avoid stress and worry so I made it as easy on myself as possible. I was quite pampered as I prepared for this competition. The next time I compete I am going to focus more on cutting costs and will probably not use as many supplements since they can easily add up. It probably won't hurt since I already have some muscle built up from training all last year. You can't see them now because they are covered with a little extra fat. I'm not worried though, my weight is holding steady and I'm trying to bulk up a little anyway.
So not only is money a factor in deciding when to compete again and how many shows but I am also attending college and expect this year to be very busy as I finish up my degree. Time may not permit me to compete in all three shows because I am attending full time, 15 college hours. I expect to have a heavy course load of assignments and projects.
Where do I stand right now?
I would probably push off competing until October and not compete in August. I wanted some more time to bulk and build muscle also. A few extra months will give me an advantage to train hard and put on size. I want more muscle!!
Anyway, just sharing my thoughts and wanted to give you the heads up to think about where you can cut costs while preparing to compete.