😫dealing with post-comp blues!
i am riding high on cloud 9 after a whirlwind weekend away up on the glorious gold coast for the inaugural wbff international australian pro/am😁what an absolute honour to be a part of this landmark event... and to walk away with a top 2🥈 placing against a heavily stacked lineup of high caliber athletes is the icing on the cake🎂 however, the process of getting to the stage for this competition after stepping on stage in season a earlier this year was far more physically and mentally taxing than i had earlier anticipated. truth be told i pushed myself to the brink with this prep. whilst i’m extremely pleased with the final outcome (and the overall package and conditioning i brought to the stage), i’m very well aware of the implications of being in an aggressive deficit for a prolonged period of time. something that is very rarely discussed after a competition is the post-comp recovery process and post-comp blues. now that the lights are off, the curtain is down, the bikini or trunks are packed away and the euphoric high of stepping on stage has mellowed some strange things happen.
some competitors who have showcased extraordinary self-discipline to get on stage in phenomenal condition find themselves feeling guilty and remorseful when they are not capable of demonstrating that same self-discipline in the immediate aftermath of their competition. it’s like a pressure-valve has been released psychologically and without an impending competition holding you accountable it can be extremely difficult to exercise self-control after so many months of restriction. after assuming a machine-mentality throughout prep it’s only natural to want to feel human again so don’t feel guilty if you have fallen off track. i can assure you that you are not alone, i’ve been there! however, by working with my own coach @paolobaja
i’ve been fortunate to get perspective on things and i thought i would share some tips moving forward that might hopefully assist people managing this difficult time:
1️⃣don’t revert back to your peak week diet in the hope that you will lose the weight you’ve put on. you may have dieted too aggressively..continued in comments!