What made you decide to do your very first show? Were you gung-ho on your own or were you strongly encouraged/convinced to do it?
I had attended several shows, but it was the 2005 New Englands that finally made me decide that I wanted to compete. We were there to watch about 5 of our friends compete in BB and figure. My girlfriend was doing Figure, and she won the tall class. Everyone was excited, there was alot of screaming and yelling, a great atmosphere at the show...It just looked like alot of fun!
I totally left that show with the "if they can do it, I can do it" attitude.
I decided that day that I was going to try to win the 2006 New Englands, and I spent the entire next year preparing for it...and I did it.
It's that feeling of setting out a challenge for yourself and meeting it that I love about competing.