So after the first couple of call outs, it was the clear the main battle for first was between myself and Nigel (who beat me into third place the week before at the UKDFBA Open). Once again it was very close, a tonne more carbs, less water, a drop in body fat percentage, better and more confident posing had improved me 20-30% on my previous showing, so I was confident I had enough to turn the result around. Unfortunately, when I came off stage quite a few people said my tan was flat and had a matt finished which failed to bring out the detail of my physique. I managed to correct this for the third round, whereby someone said "the difference was night and day and looked liked you had 4 weeks more of dieting between the first and thirds rounds". Big lesson leaned!
Anyway, it came down to single point and Nigel took the spoils and the glory with a great physique and I had to settle for second place and £500. I'm happy though I'm gunning for revenge when I next battle Nigel onstage!!
MY HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SHOW
- My MP3 player decided to do a 5 minute refresh just as I was about to perform my free posing round, a little embarrassing, so had to improvise with some poses for the audience
- The over 40's contest between Chris Fortune and Gus Fisher. A titanic battle which Chris won
- Dom Rae's stage presence and posing routine, this guy's a junior but is a real pleasure to watch performing
So that's it for this week, next week I'll be competing in the NPA British Finals in the Heavyweight division where I'll be hoping to go one better and snag that 1st place. Check out some of the pics from the show below. Over and out!!! Sam