ok, lil bit of puke in my throat from nervousness...but the flight and hotel is booked and the money order for the fees has been sent for the show. Im stuck now, no chickening out........nope. The host hotel was booked, so I got one about 1/2 mile away......no biggie. I get in on thursday night, register on sat morning, then have all day on friday to hang out with my daughter in the city...check in for athletes meeting on 730 am sat morning, then pre judging 9am after that....then finals at 5pm. After that, sleeping again and flight in the morning. We then get a 4 hour layover in NY city to screw off...not so bad huh? I have never competed far away, except in Boston, but that was by car. My only freakout is forgetting something essential at home I suppose. Gotta tell you the only thing that sucks really is the time between check in or athletes meeting and showtime. Chances are your curled hair looks like crap by then. Not so bad if I had managed to get into the host hotel which also hosts the show, but I wasnt that lucky as the whole weekend had been sold out. Now at 1/2 mile away.....may be too risky to try to run back to fix anything if there are no plugs in the dressing room. Mirrors while traveling are not good. Often we bring a 4 foot door mirror just to be safe, but I am not bringing it of course. Also my spray tan will not be as fresh as usual seeing as I am getting it days earlier than normal.
Im nervous.....yep. BUT forcing myself to step out of my comfort zone sometimes is a rush to say the least. I have to do it though....for me.....just to say to myself that I have competed at a national level. Pro cards are difficult and few and far between so Nationals is about as high as most of us get. Im a little intimidated as some of these women my age will have been training for 20 years or have been athletes for alot longer than I have at just 3 years in and 2 years in competitions. Im still considered a newbie...at almost..well, I will be 41 by the time the show comes. Oh, but no stopping now........going right to 45 plus figure in 4 years. Might have a little botox in me by then, but hopefully making 45 look good!!!
Ok, I gotta roll on outta here. Posing practice with the new suit. Tomorrow night interviewing the band scrap metal over at the casino for the TV show. A compilation of artists from the 80's getting together and jammin some 80's tunes from Night Ranger, Mr Big, Nelson, etc. 5 or 6 memebers from the origional bands actually. it should be fun and yes, I am bringing my camera!!