There seemed to be a good reception to my first “bodybuilding in the real world” post so I figured I’d follow it up with another one. I definitely don’t want anyone to get the feeling that I’m trying to pretend there’s anything less noble or difficult about bodybuilding when being a bodybuilder is your “job.” It certainly isn’t…in many ways, that course is even more difficult. When you have to be in shape year round for guest posings and have to travel every week for your sponsor, it’s every bit as difficult as having to train and diet with a full time job–it’s just a different kind of difficult. Bodybuilding is hard no matter what–I’m just giving my story.
I’m currently 9 weeks out of the Master’s Nationals and feeling good about where I’m at. While I’d love to continue forward for the next 2 months with no set backs, I’ll be dealing with many of the “regular Joe” setbacks that plague us all. This next week I’ll be chaperoning a trip to “Mackinac Island” with my eldest daughter’s school. It’s a 3 day trip to an island off northern Michigan.
I’m excited for the trip (my kids are still young enough to think it’s cool when their parent does these things) and know my daughter and I will have a blast.
The only problem is….Mackinac island isn’t exactly overflowing with the conveniences of modern living.
It’s a seasonal island and these “field trips” are basically a chance for the new summer work crews to “learn” how to deal with the tourists that will flock to the island in the summer. The island is known for it’s “fudge,” and the majority of the stores either sell fudge, or sell clothing that lets the world know you went to Mackinac island to eat fudge. There certainly isn’t any “bodybuilding friendly” places to eat, and the idea of a special diet (one that doesn’t consist of three square meals of fudge and various fudge flavorings) is as foreign as internal combustion engines (no motor vehicles are allowed on the island…).
To give an idea of what I’ll be dealing with….my daughter is a diabetic and we called ahead to ask for a mini fridge to store her insulin while we’re there (and also my food…lol). The hotel couldn’t even guarantee that a mini fridge would be made available for her medical condition (to be honest, three days is fine–she won’t need the fridge….but my tilapia ain’t going to enjoy sitting out for three days without cool air lol)
So…since I’ll be 8 weeks of my first show in nearly a decade and taking half a week off of diet and training isn’t an option, here’s what I’ll be doing to stay on track.
I’ll be training back at 3:30am on Monday morning so I can be on the bus at 6am on our way to the island.
I’ll be lugging around a big ass Yeti cooler (not iced down with silver bullets unfortunately….no drinking allowed by the school) filled with pre-made meals for the week
I have a “calisthenics” routine planned to get as close as possible to keeping my cardio up while I’m there.
We’ll get back late on Wednesday evening and I’ll hit the gym around 10pm or so to try to get a leg workout in before getting back up at 5:30am on Thursday for morning cardio and work (the kids have softball on Thursday nights so I have to train Wednesday).
After this trip, the only other trip I have is heading to San Diego for 3 days in June for Brad’s show–so this should be the last “rough patch” before I can be 100% with things the last 8 weeks.