Monday, September 15, 2008

Atlantic City

Hello Everyone,
I got back home from Atlantic City Sunday evening and went to Buca Di Beppo and had spagetti with meatballs and calamari. It was YUMMY!!!!!!!!!!
The next day guess where I had to go for an appiontment....the DENTIST. I was tickled pink about it as you can see in my photo. I went to see the top dentist in Terre Haute, Dr. John Roshel III. I am very blessed to have a Dentist like him as he has taken very good care of my teeth. He is very good friends with my finace' David. Dr. Roshel Used to compete in bodybuilding and he is going to the Olympia. I just want to tell Dr. Roshel thank you for everything. I didn't feel a thing when he was working on my teeth as I got several injections to numb the area. David was sitting next to me laughing at me and making fun of me. I couldn't feel my teeth or my lips. My lips were so numb that when I took a drink of water the water fell out of my mouth and went everywhere lol. I should have took a picture. I love Roshell dentistry and I recommend them all the way.
Okay now to go on about my Atlantic City Debut.
First I want to thank Ron Goldstein for a terrific show. It was very well run show and everyone was very helpful backstage. I liked the venue a lot too as it was very convenient that everything was taking place at the host hotel the Trump Marina.
On Friday afternoon I was the best I ever been. My physique was better than USAs. I met up with Dave Palumbo that evening as I wanted him to critique me as Dave has helped me in the past. He was very impressed and told me not to carb up anymore as I was already full. I mistakenly took in more carbs and caused myself to smooth over making me appear soft at prejudging. I paid the price alright. I looked at the score sheets and placed 6th. I was 3 points away from a possible 5th. I won't lie it does get to me a little as I made the mistake and its a learning process. i won't make that mistake again. haha. Next year my physique will be 110 % as I am now hungry and I really want to victorious. I don't even want to think where I would of placed had I come in tighter and listened to Dave on not taking in any more carbs lol. On a positive note. 6 out of 18 for my first show isn't bad at all. If I recall Iris Kyle came in 15th in 1999 for the Mrs. International and later that year placed 4th at the Ms. Olympia. Now look at her. She beat Lenda Murray in the 2004 Mrs. Olympia. She has held her crown since then along with her consecutive Mrs. International titles. We all have to start somewhere right.

I was a little nervous as I didn't know what to expect from my first pro show. The only difference from the national shows to the pro show was that the free posing round was first and the comparison round. I was pretty pleased with my free posing and my posing in general.

The Female bodybuilders were very helpful backstage. It was so nice seeing Angela Debatin again as we used to train together in Orlando She taught me a few tricks here and there. Angela is know for her superb ripped conditioning. She also has a great set of calves. One person that I really enjoyed chatting with who was an absolute sweetheart was Mah-Ann Mendoza . She looked sensational at Atlantic City and her conditioning was out of this world. She has a physique that is like no other. She is very attractive and carries her muscle very well. Its so nice meeting people like herself who are down to earth and are genuine. I talked with a few other ladies like Charlotte Collins who was stacked for this show. She had a lot of mass and density. Basically she was thick. Which I wish I could be...maybe one day. She was so funny, and she tells it like it is. I met her husband who was also very nice and big fan of muscle. i chatted with Lisa Aukland which was also another real treat. Her calves are just huge. I want big calves lol. Lisa has done a lot for female bodybuilding, as she is a representative for the IFBB Female bodybuilders. I also talked to I also met Mercedes Bazemore who was a very sweet person. It amazing hearing her story of how she turned pro and also the fact that she has been happily married for 30 years. I was very blessed as I chatted basically with all the ladies backstage. Emery Miller was another one that was a real sweetheart. Marja Lehtonen was a sweetie too. She reminded me of a buff barbie. Marja has awesome biceps and her conditioning was spot on.
All the ladies where awesome and complete dolls. I felt right at home. I was right where I belonged. I am very proud to be an IFBB Professional and I look forward to my future in the IFBB League as I know I can go far. Bodybuilding is something I was meant to do, and be. I am blessed and thankful to God as he has put me on the right path.
I will chat more with you guys later.