Who introduced you to firearms?I started shooting only about 4 or 5 years ago. My husband has had a permit for several years and I started to take an interest. When the NYS (un)Safe Act was passed, I wanted to make sure my 2nd Amendment Rights would be upheld and applied for carry permit immediately.
Why did you get interested in learning to shoot?I am the Town Clerk and Tax Collector for my Town and I am often in the building alone. While we are in a very small town, you just never know and it’s better to be prepared than to wish you had been. My husband and I go to the range as often as we can, with multiple jobs and 3 kids, there isn’t a lot of free time.
How important is for you to protect the second amendment?Having the right to own a gun means that I am a United States Citizen exercising my rights under the Constitution, as it was written and planned by those brilliant forefathers. It means that I can protect myself and my family if the necessity ever arose. To me, it is one more weapon in my arsenal of self defense techniques that I have learned through studying martial arts.
"Bodybuilding is a constant challenge to do better than I did the last time"
Tell us a little bit about this amazing competitionTraining for a physique competition is hard. When I'm preparing for a show, I will start 16-20 weeks "out" from the date of the show. Workouts will be 6 days a week for about an hour then there will be cardio -- the amount of time will depend on my weight and length of time from the show.
The diet is tough but in some ways having a specific meal plan to follow makes life easier -- it takes the guess work out. My coach gives a range of food with measurements so I can choose from the list of suggestions. It's typically a clean diet higher in protein.
I enjoy the process of preparing for a competition. I enjoy the tough workouts and like to challenge myself at every session. I even like the dieting. I think the hardest part is being on a stage with all eyes on me. I'm not one for the spotlight so the hardest part is looking comfortable on stage.