For a lot of people, 2020 wasn't a good year. For me, I stayed focused on my goal to get on stage in a bodybuilding competition, specifically the figure division.
I had started contest prep back in late October/November of 2019, with a show date of March 2020. The show was cancelled two weeks out, but I kept on with my plan and my goal and finally got on stage October 31, 2020.
Anyone who has prepped for a show knows it’s not easy. It’s a lot of work, but very rewarding. For me, it’s been something I’ve been wanting to do since 2013, when I went to watch my first bodybuilding competition.
Crazy as it seems, I wanted to be a bodybuilder. So that’s what got me into the gym: to begin training for that someday of being on stage. But that same year, I was diagnosed with a brain tumor. After about a year of recovery, I was back in the gym.
There were so many ups and downs during my journey, which made getting on that stage such a huge accomplishment for me and meant so much. I needed to do it to prove to myself that I could.