FOR years Mac Hosking has steadily worked towards winning a medal at the national titles for body building, and finally he has broken through to claim a silver medal.
After a fourth placed finish in his first attempt last season, Hosking broke through at the weekend and is absolutely ecstatic with the result."I am pretty chuffed, I am stoked," he said.
"I was down to the leanest I have ever been, I was the lightest on stage."
Competing in the over-60s event, Hosking (pictured) set his sights earlier in the year on medalling at this event.
After a first place in the Queensland International Natural Bodybuilding Association titles last month, he went in with a lot of confidence.
"The guy who beat me is the Mr Olympics national champion," Hosking said.
While skipping next year's titles, Hosking is looking at competing in the same event as his son in Sydney next year.
For now the bodybuilder's attention is moving quickly to another challenge - the Central Australian Masters Games and a date with his motorbike.
Racing in the Enduro segment of the competition in Alice Springs, Hosking's test will be vastly different to the world of bodybuilding, but it is something he has always had an eye on.
"It has always been on the bucket list," he said. "They are only every second year so I thought I would do it this year."
Riding for four hours straight in the heat of the desert, Hosking will need to be at his best just to finish the task at hand.
He is confident though the fitness he gained through the quest for bodybuilding success will hold him in good stead.
"I am physically fit just not bike fit," he said.
"It is a four hour enduro so I do as many laps as I can in that time, six to seven will be good."
As for chasing another national honour, Hosking is not in any rush to head the field and does not know what awaits him in Alice Springs.
"I am going for the experience, I just want to do my best," he said.