NPC 2011 JR NATIONALS – CHICAGO

Rockin’ ChiTown!

The Dream Team traveled to ChiTown to compete in the NPC 2011 Jr Nationals event held June 17th and 18th.

There were 424 athletes competing in this National Level competition, which was held at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Rosemont, IL – a suburb of Chicago.

Fabulous Female Friday!

As is standard for National Level events, the competition was held over tbe course of two days.

Friday was coined “Fabulous Female Friday” because pre-judging for Fitness, Figure, Bikini and Female Body Building took place that afternoon and evening (however…Women’s Physique did not have pre-judging until Saturday morning with the Male Body Builders….HMMmmmmm??? There Still FABULOUS as far as I’m concerned ;o) )

It was pretty cool to have this NEW schedule! We were able to shower the evening prior to pre-judging and sleep in, as opposed to havin’ to wake up at the crack-o-dawn (typically 4:30am) to get tanned. AND we were able to shower after pre-judging (allowing us to sleep better) and then re-tan Saturday afternoon prior to the evening event.¬† A Much preferred schedule fo sho!! ;o)

Saturday evening the choreographed / music routines were performed and then the awards were presented for ALL competition categories. (My FAVORITE part!!)

BONUS!!!

My teammates / roommates and I were wonderin’ what we were gonna do come Saturday, since the Athletes Meeting leading into the evening ceremonies didn’t begin until 5pm.

(Definitely had major time to kill before re-applyin’ the tan)

We were really hopin’ to get out and see some of the town since we’d been held up in the hotel the whole time thus far.

Well……A good friend of the Dream Team made a Spontaneous decision to fly out to Chicago to cheer we girls on! A SUPER SURPRISE!!

Come Saturday mornin’ this Surprise Guest told our Trainers, Jim and Mo, to wake the Dream Team Girls up….we were gonna Paint The Town!!! ;O)

NAVY PIER!!

Next thing ya know, we’re cabbin’ it downtown to Navy Pier!

Okay….YES Navy Pier is THE Tourist Trap of ChiTown, but you gotta hit those types of spots your first visit – right??!!

We walked all around Navy Pier….took advantage of several Photo Ops, a ride on the simulator, a lil shoppin’ and had lunch at the Hard Rock. SO FUN!!!!!

Our window of time narrowing down, we needed to catch a cab back to the hotel.

Well….cabs were passin’ us left and right, but all of them were already occupied.

Next thing you know, our Surprise Guest was wavin’ us all over and steerin’ us into a limo!! WHAT A RIDE!!

Dream Team Results…

The Dream Team had four competitors in this event – 2 Figure, 1 Bikini and 1 Female Light Weight Body Builder (you guessed it – c’est moi ;o) ).

Ryan and Megan, the Figure competitors were in two different height classes and both of them placed 9th, Ashleigh placed 6th in Bikini, and I placed 2nd.

Pretty Amazing results!! Top Ten at the National Level is a HUGE accomplishment!!

When In Rome…DEEP DISH!!!

Yep…..when all was said and done we headed to Giordano’s for the Deep Dish Pizza!!!

ChiTOWN!!!

I’ve been to Chicago a few times in my lifetime, once at the tender age of 8 and then again for business trips over the course of the past few years. However, I have never had the opportunity to truly appreciate ALL that ChiTown has to offer.

That being said…..I was REALLY lookin’ forward to this trip because my aunt, whom recently moved back to her home town of Chicago, was plannin’ to show myself and one of my teammates this incredible city on Sunday, the day after the competition.

FUN TIMES!!!!

Needless to say, the weekend was a BLAST!!!

The Dream Team definitely left a mark in ChiTown, in a good way ;o)

I’m ready to go back any time!!!!

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