Hello my Vegan Friends,
I just returned home from the INBA World Natural Bodybuilding Championships that were held in Sacramento, California. When I get a chance I'll post photos like Daywalker did, images before the contest, ones from on stage and after the show. I'm without a computer these days so it may take me a bit longer but they'll be up sometime this week.
Megan and I left Corvallis on Friday afternoon and arrived in Sacramento around 11PM. We had some very interesting events take place that night that I'm sure she will explain sometime in the future.
Neither one of us slept real well, but of course I was excited so I was energetic leading into the contest.
The contest has an intimidating name "World Natural Bodybuilding Championships" but it was actually a pretty small show. There really wasn't anything too intimiadating once I arrived. In fact, I thought there were going to be 10 contestants in my category or "class" which I was excited about; but when I got there, I learned that they split it up into many sub categories and there were only actually 2 bodybuilders in my class. There was of course, Me, and a Professional wrestler with the WWE, formerly WWF for 16 years who just retired a few months ago. He wrestles with all the famous guys you've seen on TV over the past decade and a half like The Ultimate Warrior, the Iron Sheik, and all the current guys like Kurt Angle, etc.
His real name is John, a great guy and he was quite a bit bigger than me. he cut down from 240 pounds to 188 on contest day. I cut down from 187 pounds to 173 on contest day. So although I was pretty ripped and in probably the best shape of my life, I came in 2nd.
I really wish there would have been more in my class because I think I probably would have been in the top 2 or 3 even if there were 5-10 of us like I thought there would be. This pro wrestler was just bigger and better so I took 2nd, which I guess would be technically last place in my category
But at the same time it is also 2nd place at the World Natural Bodybuilding Championships. They split us up into categories of Novice and Open and within those groups have short classes and tall classes (they don't go by weight classes in the INBA, they do in the INBF). They also have age categories, a physically challenged category, and many women's categories like Bodybuilding, Fitness, Figure, Model Search, Divas, etc.
There were only 30-40 athletes total, if that and were in lots of different classes, and of all ages. So shows are bigger than others and this is at the end of the bodybuilding season so we had a low turnout.
Topher wasn't able to make it, neither was VeganMadre, but Megan and I had a great time. It was about an 8-hour drive there and 8 hours back. We left last night around 10PM and made it back home around 5:30AM and I slept all the way until nearly 2PM. I'm at the library now. I've only seen a few of the photos, but Megan is putting them on her computer and I'll share them soon.
Thanks again for the support. I guess it was a day of 2nd places for the Vegan Bodybuilders competing. Alex and I both came up short, but I'm sure we both had an awesome time and we'll get back up on stage next year.
For both of us, now it's time to EAT!!!!
Thin Thin 2nd Place Him