The Aftermath

makeupWell, I did it! Last night was one of the most nerve-wracking experiences of my life! I’ve been nervous before about stepping onstage in bodybuilding comps, but I don’t think it was anything like this. So many variables could go wrong and in the leadup I think I stressed about all of them!

I am really happy with how my routine turned out on the night. There were a couple of things the perfectionist in me found wrong, a slippery pole meant I was concentrating more on that than the technique, so there were a couple of places where I should have kept my legs together or straight and made the transitions prettier, but they are the nitty gritty details that probably not many other people noticed.

Now to the thank you’s that inevitably follow a big event like this.

Massive thank you as always to my coach. Without your guidance and the endurance and strength program you wrote for me, I doubt I would have made it through the routine. Your guidance and knowledge is second to none and I am forever grateful to have you in charge of my training.

Kim, Jess and Persia. Without you ladies there would not be a show, and what a show it was! A massive opening number, 35 competitors and it ran as smoothly as butter. I have to give a special mention to you Jess. The way you kept checking on me yesterday, knowing how nervous I was still brings tears to my eyes. Thank you for caring about us so much.

My pole mama Ruby. You put as much blood, sweat and tears into your pole babies routines as we do. You are so dedicated to your students and we are so lucky to have you. The amount of time and effort you put into us is phenomenal. You are our little energizer bunny!

Miss Emma, sorry I forgot to keep my knees together in the Bailey Bat, and legs straight going into the sit! Your encouragement made the world of difference to this experience.

To all the instructors at Bobbi’s. Each and every one of you took the time to encourage and provide advice in the leadup to the comp and on the day, and I think I speak for all of us when I say that I may be biased, but you all make Bobbi’s the best pole studio in the world.

My fellow competitors, you all kicked ass! It was such a pleasure to train with you and share the backstage and the actual stage with you. I am so proud of you all!

My little blister. Thinking about what I want to write hear has brought me to tears. You are not just a sister, but one of my best friends. To have you be so proud of me and to tell me mama bear would have been proud of me means so much, in fact it means everything. Your hug when you saw me after the performance was just like the ones mama bear used to give. It was like she was there with us. The icing on the cake was having you and Dan there.

I would probably not have gotten on that stage yet if it wasn’t for Ang. So much “gentle” encouragement went into getting me to commit… haha! Jokes! We both know it wasn’t gentle! You believe in me more than I believe in myself. I am so blessed to have you in my life. It was so great to have you and Nic come along, although we both know nothing could have kept you away, and I love you for that.

Last, but definitely not least… my pole sista’s and brothers! I love our little pole family. I am so appreciative of every single one of you and the love we give each other and how we celebrate each other’s successes. We are family in the truest sense of the word.

There will be more to come over the following weeks and I will post up my full routine when I get it, but below is a snippet. I just wanted to take the time this morning and give credit to everyone who got me to that stage, gave me love and pushed me through my fear. Thank you all so much.

Lots of Love,

Rae xxx