The Heritage Classic...What a trip this turned out to be. There was so many cool little things that happened and we learned along the way. But we will start from the beginning of the trip. (Special Note) Preparation for competition is very involved and timing is everything. Ex. For guys you have to get your hair cut at a just the right time, go too close to the event and it looks too perfect go to early and it doesn't look like you have had your hair cut at all. We won't even get into how many appointments Chelsea has to schedule to make sure she is floor ready LOL.
What we do know for sure is it is best to give yourself a travel day (a day strictly for getting to the event) for several reasons. One of the biggest being the fact that you spend months getting ready for competition preparing for the 4 minutes you will spend on the floor where all the work and preparation has to come together in one glorious moment. You DO NOT want that to be messed up or thrown off by a canceled flight, closed roads due to bad weather, or any other number of unpredictable conditions.
Needless to say we were super grateful we left the day before we competed. For the first 2 hours of the trip we could not see the road due to snow and our top speed was maybe 40mph. After that the roads started to clear up and it was relatively safe but we didn't stress because we were not on a timeline and in no rush and that made all the difference in the world!
The Competition itself was hosted at the Grove Park Inn a historical hotel that can boast over 100 years of being a landmark of Asheville, North Carolina. Beautiful place! cannot describe in words how cozy and welcoming that place is. All i got say is, BUCKET LIST. Anyways, with a venue like that you can imagine how great the competition must feel. One of my favorite features is of course the Ballroom and its Stadium seating. No matter where you sit in that room you have an excellent view of all the action.
As Chelsea and I warmed up to go on the floor the nerves were hitting hard. Our normal ritual is to try and release and excess energy we have by doing stretching, pushups, lunges, squats, you name it. We look like CRAZY people off on the sides doing some abstract aerobics hahahah. But the 1 thing we cannot go without is our prayer before we hit the floor. We find a quite place away from everyone, hold each other tight, and pray for a safe performance for us and all the couples is our division. We also pray for clarity and to feel his presence on the floor.
This is going to sound cheesy but I swear I never feel closer to God then when Chelsea and I are performing on that floor. The feeling is that all of your senses have been enhanced x100! Colors are brighter, Air has a freshness and weight to it that gives your core strength. Every time I make contact with Chelsea its like I can feel her pulse and the music is the only thing I hear when we perform its like we slip into a pocket dimension of just the 2 of us and the music.
Needless to say the performance felt amazing this time, we could not have been happier with how it turned out. It just makes it all worth while if all your hard work comes together. After the performance we received 2nd out 5 awesome couples all of the performances were show worthy and fun to watch. After that we stayed in the ballroom watched some of the other professional events such as International Standard and American Rhythm both of course were perfection and full of energy. Follow that with a Manhattan by the Fireplace in the front lobby and the company of the most beautiful woman on the planet and you have yourself a heck of a trip. From start to finish the whole experience of competing is so enriching and I can't imagine my life being much better than that.
Short stories related to our first hand experiences and thoughts, on everything ranging from performance and competition to the ambiance of the competitions we visit and the beauty of the locations :)