I chose a huge show for my first, after a smaller show a month before to qualify. While it wasn't the smartest decision and I definitely was not deserving of standing on that stage among the other athletes it really lit a fire under me. Seeing those stage pictures was a huge driving force for future improvement. Further, it was an awesome experience. I remember standing back stage as Dave Palumbo expedited. He was like a god to me, a celebrity, haha. I was seeing all of these people that I had only read about, athletes in ridiculous condition, and I was just in awe at it all. The whole thing was just like "Is this real life?". Bad decision in terms of choosing a show that I was ready for, but I wouldn't trade that whole experience and the following drive to improve for anything.