Still, in spite of everything – and truthfully, in some ways perhaps because of it – Ryall still had an amazing experience at the Arnold in Hong Kong, and came away from it with a newfound appreciation for the power of the mind. "Mentally, when you decide you're doing something, and your mind is in check with what you want to achieve, you just won't quit. It's awesome how powerful the mind is," she noted, with regard to being able to push through her wrist injury to perform. "The mind overcomes a lot physically. That was probably the biggest thing for me. Just being there, I already felt like I won. I wasn't talking about it publicly; I didn't want to create any drama around it. It's such a personal thing. But I was just so happy to be there, to be a part of it."
"If I do take care of myself right now, I can step out on stage mid-2017 and be a force to be reckoned with."
"As athletes, we're crazy. It's like the word 'can't' isn't in our vocabulary, and I think that's good and bad," Ryall added. She loves competing, traveling, sharing her passions with the world, and meeting all of these people. To her, going through all the difficult moments was worth it. She wanted to make it happen. It came to a halt only because it had to, because of the injury. "Otherwise, I would still mentally be in the game," she said.
"I've learned and grown so much from all of these experiences, but also pushing my body through and fighting to get to Asia when 4 weeks before that it was looking really grimÃ¢‚¬¦ I'm so proud to have endured that."
After the Arnold in Hong Kong, Ryall flew to Beijing – she truly wanted to make the most out of this experience. Once she arrived, she took a three-hour drive to get to a more remote part of the Great Wall, where there are no tourists. After being with a tour guide, learning a bit about the history of the Great Wall, she was able to spend some time alone. Although it hadn't been decided yet at the time, not by a long shot, she had an inkling that this might be the end of the year for her, and she just wanted to enjoy the opportunities before her. She has now seen six of the Wonders of the World, and it has been awesome in every sense of the word.
Still, even though Ryall's globetrotting this year was sadly forced to come to an end, she was able to see how the bodybuilding audience is growing in Asia. "They're really excited about it, and they've never seen a competition of this level in Asia ever, so it was a big deal. There's a whole fitness revolution happening all over the world, with everyone interested in getting fit, so it's just cool to be a part of that," Ryall explained.
Ryall also had the opportunity to take the new Asana Tote for a test drive while in Hong Kong and Beijing, and she loved it! "It's definitely become one of my favorites," Ryall said. She usually travels with the Renee, because it can carry four meals so it's better for long journeys, but the Asana was perfect for this trip.
"I love it for its double use as a gym bag and day bag. It's so soft! It's quite versatile."
Although it's designed as a yoga bag, with a strap on tap for your mat, Ryall simply used the strap to hold her water bottle. "There's a lot of compartments in it, with an outside pocket as well. I like the outside pocket for my passport because I don't have to dig into my bag to grab it, I can just grab it from the outside. The Renee has that too. If the bag doesn't have an outside pocket, I wouldn't travel with it," she added.
While we're so sad to hear that Ryall's Arnold traveling has been forced to come to an end this season, we completely and totally support her need to slow down and let her body heal itself. After all, bowing out of two events is a small price to pay if it means she can come back next year ready to kick more ass than ever before!
We're fairly sure Ryall's exciting, energetic, and vibrant voice will be back on our blog in one shape or another – but in the meantime, we know you want more, so check her out online for everything from news about her clothing line to badass fitness inspiration to upcoming fitness getaways that you might even want to sign up for yourself: Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and her website!