For all those curious and impatient, the answer is YES!
I guess this post is going to get loong, i'll give you a report of the past weekend and a few pictures as well.
But first, to not delay the good news any further, i didn't only become European Champion, i also went WORLD Champion! I won the fitness class AND the overall title, meaning TWO first place trophies!!!
"YAY!" for vegan power and natural bodybuilding!
For the record, it was the WFF / NABBA World Championship, and there were 12 athletes in the fitness class.
Now where to start....
Oh yeah, it's always best to start from the beginning, in this case, the weekend before, where i placed 2nd behind a guy i felt inferior to me.
I was disappointed and felt cheated. But at the same time my determination grew to be in better condition next time. And also i stopped bragging and joking and focused on the task ahead. I knew i had to be leaner, harder and dryer this time, so i changed my dehydration plan - i stopped drinking friday at 10 a.m., estimated 33 hours before the competition, and ate only rice cakes from that point on, nothing else, no cooked rice (too much water).
It worked well and for the first time i was truly dry at a competition.
I went to Erfurt on friday, together with two friends and very experienced bodybuilders, and another athlete. We had two rooms in a hotel only 100 meters away from the hall where the competition was held
My "coach" Michel is a gym owner and his wife Mel is two times Ms. Universe among other titles! Troy is a natural athlete and powerlifter as well as bodybuilder, an amazing athlete!
On saturday K-Oz followed and Johnathan and Kathryn came to meet us again at the competiton. It was great to have their support! They all wore the VBB-T-Shirts!
YAY! for the team!
This time i was in a different class, the fitness class (good thing, that).
Everything went perfect until Michel panicked
He called me at 4:30 that i should COME OVER NOW as i was about to be on stage SOON! I was shocked because we had estimated 6-7 p.m.!! K-Oz was just in the middle of applying the tan, i wasn't even properly coloured!
So we hurried to the hall, finished the color there, i started pumping and drinking, took salt, and all the other little tricks you do just before stage
Then i stood there for an hour trying to maintain the pump and getting increasingly worried about spilling (= the water going into my subcutis again)
It was very exhausting. At some point i realized i would NOT be on stage for at least another hour, but i could not lie or even sit down because we had already applied the finishing touches of the colour
So i stood around in my trunks for 3
hours and did nothing but getting worried and angry.
But all worries were wasted, as on stage everything was fine.
My routine was quite perfect (that means, as good as i can do it, not perfect compared to what others do).
After the mandatories i was very exhausted and happy that it was over - then they called me out immediatly for another round!
I was compared to the guy who came second later, i knew it was the fight for the title! So i fought...
After the day i drank 3 liters and ate tons of cake, but it took two full days until my water balance was restored.
So, that was the overview of the weekend part 1. The next day vegan friends joined us for the party, we had good food and a crowded living room
Everything was very extemporary (cool word
Here are some pictures. There are literally HUNDREDS of pictures, as K-Oz took some, Johnathan, Michel and the girlfriend of a fellow competitor, Dennis, who said he'll share the pics and the DVD-movie with me
So, just as a first impression:
Me being compared to two other world champions for the overall title (as you can see, i'm so happy about my first place, i don't even care if i'm going to win this, too, or not
The award ceremony, the second and third places are left and right:
Ah, and that's a good one
Dennis (5th place) and me (to give an impressioin how close the decision was):
Line up shots:
From my routine:
Here are two shots from the German Championship the week before. The guy in the red trunks is first place, i'm second.
Some more pics from the German's, i hope you can see the difference in dryness and fullness ... pictures NEVER tell the whole truth, though
In the second pic you can see Michel in the back with his mobile and Troy to the left watching. And check out my glutes - Nobbi!
Backstage, me beginning to pump while Troy is getting painted by Michel
So, that was it for once, thanks for Johnathan for all these pictures! I'll see if i can get some of K-Oz' up soon!
Love and peace,