In February of 2012 I decided to take my first and definitely not last step on to Jon Lindsay's Muscle Contest stage for my first Bikini Competiton. Through my prep and training I coached myself using online articles and tips from some fellow competitors. This experience was not one of the best and did not give me the best results that I could of had, but we live and we learn. After my competition I wasn't too sure competing was for me and debated on competing again. I did some research and talked with a friend and decided to join a team, Team Edge in fact. At that time Team Edge was very small and maybe had about 15 girls competing on the team and with the support from coaches Ingrid and Joe I decided to compete again.
By July 2012 I was back on stage again and with the help of my coaches, looking the best I ever had and I placed first in my class (Class F ). That night I made the decision to head to Vegas the following weekend for USA's, a National NPC competition where amateurs have the opportunity to go pro by placing first or second in their class. Going to this competition I did NOT have high expectations at all and was heading there just for the experience it's self, and that is exactly what it was. I was able to see how serious the competition is and get a feel of how it is to hit that stage at a National level! After that weekend I was pumped, getting serious about the competition lifestyle and setting another date for my next show.
In December I took another 1st place at Jon Lindsay's Excalibur and remained qualified for National shows. By this time by body had changed dramatically and I was addicted to seeing results. Now the next show was set for USA's again in Las Vegas with some hope of achieving what all competitors work for, a PRO card. At this show I was in third callouts getting 16th place out of about 30 plus amazing looking girls. I was slightly disappointed, but I had to remind myself that people compete for years before achieving that goal. So on to the next! I flew out to Florida for National's in November and let me tell you, I looked THE BEST I have ever looked on stage. I brought the best package and was so proud of what I accomplished. I did not place, but I did place higher than I did my last show and that is all that matters. At first I felt crushed, but I am sure so many others did too. I was able to take this as a learning experience and move forward.
So now what? My life has been all about competing for the past 2 years and I have experienced what it's like to be on a National stage and learned what my body is capable of on an aesthetic level. At this point in my life I have ran 1/2 marathons, 10ks, 5ks and I ran my FIRST Spartan race after my last National show. I have a very competitive personality and love to challenge myself physically and see what I am truly capable of. Both competing and racing challenge you, but on completely different levels. I always joke that competing is my alter ego and I needed a stage name (aka Miley Fox), but it was the truth.
Once I did my first Spartan race I realized that that was what I had been looking for and I found something that I truly believe is a way for me to compete against myself, (hit new PR's and take to a new level with different lengths of races). I didn't want to give up competing, I wanted to do it all. I wanted to prove something. What it was I wanted to prove? I am not sure. I planned to compete in July of 2014 and starting prep for that show, I was not in it. I am an all or nothing type of person and I saw myself slacking, "cheating" on my plan and just not giving it 100%. So I decided not to compete. I didn't want to waste my time or my coaches and that was a hard decision to make. I cried, I was emotional and struggled for sometime. But during that time I raced, I traveled and had so many experiences that led me to where I am today. Experiences that could not have been had if I stuck with the decision to compete, and most of all, found some balance that I thought I might not ever get back.
It wasn't until this past month I made the ultimate decision to hang up the bikinis and heels for my head bands and Inov8s. I began to start prep for another National show this upcoming November and planned on racing as well. I knew I could do both, but how effective was I going to be at both? Could I do both? What do I have to prove? After my last race in Temecula I earn a spot on the podium earning third place. That moment and that feeling was what I had been longing for. I found that feeling I had been searching for. I was no longer crying because I was torn, I was crying because I finally had the confirmation that I was making the right decision.
I messaged my coach Joe DiScuillo and told him exactly what I just said. He has known me for the past 3 years and knows how I work. He told me as a coach and friend, he honestly felt I was making the right decision and to let go of bikini competing for now. NOT because I am not a good competitor, but my head needs to be 100% into what I am doing. He finished with "Go after it and take over that sport!" And that is exactly what I intend on doing!
For more about the highs and lows of competing, look out for it in upcoming blogs!