OMG! What a weekend! Where do I start? Maybe the beginning? LOL!
On Friday Matt and I drove up to Ottawa for the Ontario Pole Fitness Championship right after work. We arrived at our hotel before midnight and immediately went to bed. Saturday was a big day!
I started off Saturday with a big breakfast of scrambled eggs and fruit. I needed my energy. I ran into a few fellow pole friends who were also staying at the same hotel. We went to the Bronson Centre for a meeting at 4pm with all the competitors. Afterwards we were able to practice on the poles. I had to think quickly and make a couple modifications to my routine so that it went well with where the poles were placed and the platform of the XStage Light.
Then we all got ready in the change room. It was so nice just hanging out with my fellow pole pals and meeting new pole pals. You could really feel the spirit of the Ontario Pole Community. Most of us from Southern Ontario were there. I found everyone to be so supportive of each other. It was a really good energy that night.
I was so nervous and excited the entire day but the nervousness finally disappeared as it was my turn was to perform. My performance wasn’t my best. Unfortunately I had bad luck that night. As so I began my routine, this wave of nausea overcame me (I had been sick for a week). The nausea so strong I was certain I was going to vomit. But I didn’t care because I was determined to perform my routine as best I could even if I puked all over the stage. HAHA! Magically I didn’t puke but if I did I remember saying to myself that I would of just continued on any ways. LOL! I had major slipping issues that night and that was the worst part. The poles felt so greasy. I watched my video my hubby took over and over and I had poor form, badly un-pointed toes, my inverts were week, I rushed through my moves and I failed to do a couple of my hard tricks and had to improvise a few times due to the slipping.
It was right when I hit the static pole and did a second shoulder mount was when I felt like my lips were numb and me face feeling cool like I was about to faint or puke at the same time. So I continued to smile on and push through it. SPPPPAAAARRRRTTTTAAAAA!
I did the best I could under shitty circumstances. And that’s okay. Because… all my dreams came true that night. I still got 3rd Place in the Professional Division of the Ontario Pole Fitness Championship. I always said I just wanna be good enough to compete. To be apart of that experience would be amazing. And it certainly was. Will I compete again? I’m not sure. We’ll see how I feel next year.