My first time out as a bikini competitor, over 45 division, I did pretty well, finishing a solid second place! There were about eight women competing in the over 35 division, with the bulk of the show, about twenty or so young women, competing according to height class. The woman who came in first in my division is a long-time competitor, with several shows already under her belt (so to speak!), so I feel confident that I too will improve as I learn the ropes!
When the scoring results were posted on-line (www.musclecontest.com), I saw that I had missed a first place trophy by only one point! I emailed the judges for comments, and received a very encouraging note from the head judge, herself an IFBB Pro Figure competitor. She stated that my physique looked the best ever, but mentioned that I needed to work my upper body for better symmetry, and should get a suit with "less fabric!"
Now, reading between the lines, here is what the judge might be discreetly implying: "You need a push-up bra, something to make those puppies look bigger, and we need to see much more skin!" Which leads me to the reason why I have not been getting a lot of sleep lately – breast enhancement syndrome! I have consulted the experts, researched and probed online, even going so far as to read entire blogs on the subject – how to create the illusion of cleavage! There are gel options, padded, pushup cups, as well as the famous Miracle Bra option. I have clicked, clicked and clicked again on all the sexy bikini websites, running up imaginary tabs of hundreds of dollars.
Finally I decided on a golden suit with a padded bra and tiny bottom, which I got for a discount at the IDEA Convention. If the padding seems unsubstantial, I will invest another $15 for something called Bravo cups, which needless to say come in six different shapes! These can be inserted into any suit, where they magically lift and squeeze until even the tiniest chest ekes out some cleavage! Thank goodness I am starting in early with this, affording adequate time for ample experimentation.
I will be competing on Labor Day down at Muscle Beach – hope to see you there! (It's free and well worth it!)