For Hawke's Bay Today advertising manager Jo Dryden, July 20, 2013, will be D-Day.
That is when the 44-year-old will step on to the stage and compete among the Bay's best at the National Amateur Body Builders Association's annual Hawke's Bay competition.
For Jo, competing for the first time in the event will be the culmination of 18 months' hard work, training every week while juggling the demands of career and family to achieve one of her personal goals.
"I am pretty driven and determined to do well," said the mother-of-four. "All the competitors in this event will have worked hard and to be up there among them for the first time will be pretty nerve-racking, but I'll be ready and I'll certainly give it my best."
Jo has enlisted the help of personal trainer Hamish from Jetts Fitness Centre Hastings, who is also competing in the event, to coach her on posing and diet for the build-up to competition day. "There is a huge amount of preparation to be done in the weeks before the event, especially in the last few days. That's the bit I'm not looking forward to but, like anything, there needs to be a bit of pain to get the results, so I'll just have to get on with it."
For now though, the training goes on and every week is about getting to the gym and pushing herself as hard as she can. We'll follow Jo's progress and let you know how she gets on.
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