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Thanks everyone for the pre-contest encouragement. I tried really hard but it just wasn't good enough for the top 5. I worked my ass off this year, more than any other year and I'm really pleased with how the year went. But now it's time to take a break.

 

I was planning on competing August 8th near Seattle but I just got an offer from VEGA to go to Chicago to run the booth for Chicago VegFest that same weekend and I need $ and my body needs a break so it's a beautiful combo.

 

On a side note....I haven't had much gas for the past couple of months (I know I did during the filming of Vegan Brothers in Iron...sorry to those who had to be around me then)...but really not much gas at all lately....eating cleanly, great pre-contest diet, stuck to it, got ripped, etc.....ate like crazy yesterday and today and can't stop farting!

 

Dammit!

 

As the season ends I reflect back...and even reflect back over the years. It looks like I'm improving.

 

Here I am winning my division in 2005:

 

http://www.veganbodybuilding.com/imgs/albums/Finals/final9.jpg

 

And here I am about to get my ass kicked 3 days later in 2009:

 

http://photos-c.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs188.snc1/6320_1177326987459_1056650054_535186_1454881_n.jpg

 

I'll just keep on improving....that is the fun part! I'm up to about a 315-pound decline bench and should be using 120's soon for chest press and I'm getting stronger and bigger and with increased rest and food I should be able to return much stronger in 2010.

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For fun:

 

2005 when I won a natural show:

 

http://www.veganbodybuilding.com/imgs/albums/Finals/final10.jpg

 

 

2009 when I won a natural show:

 

http://photos-a.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs006.snc1/2828_1146728062505_1056650054_423480_2340917_n.jpg

 

 

2009 when I didn't make the top 5 in a non-natural show (photo 3 days before competition)

 

http://photos-a.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs188.snc1/6320_1177328507497_1056650054_535192_3433650_n.jpg

 

It's a whole other ball game than what I'm used to...so now I just have to go back and work harder and make improvements so I can keep winning natural shows but also place well in non-natural shows. That will be a lot of fun

 

Time for another meal!

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Compared to the video, these photos are much better. I still think it might have been the lighting. I think you look great. A buddy of mine just got creamed in NJ when alot of us thought he should have had much higher placing. That is the way it goes sometimes. Anxious to see what another year does for your physique as you pack on some more size.

 

Now go eat, take a few days off, then start hitting it again.

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Yeah, the video lighting was bad...I was in the shadows, as you suggested....but was just lighting in the tanning place....on stage is another story.......

 

I feel good about the detail in the leg, especially from a side view....for fun I got on bodybuilding websites to compare with IFBB pros just for fun.

 

Darrem Charles from his last show for example. His leg Detail:

 

http://www.flexonline.com/09contests/09europa_orlando/men/darrem_charles/images/_MG_6132.jpg

 

 

And mine

 

http://photos-d.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs188.snc1/6320_1177327027460_1056650054_535187_5252697_n.jpg

 

I'm not trying to compare myself to IFBB pros who are twice my size....I was just really pumped to see the legs looking really good lately!

 

Eating and resting now....could barely get out of bed...so many nights up til 4AM and some with only a few hours of sleep....working on fixing that....I just have a hard time sleeping.

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Yeah, the video lighting was bad...I was in the shadows, as you suggested....but was just lighting in the tanning place....on stage is another story.......

 

I feel good about the detail in the leg, especially from a side view....for fun I got on bodybuilding websites to compare with IFBB pros just for fun.

 

Darrem Charles from his last show for example. His leg Detail:

 

http://www.flexonline.com/09contests/09europa_orlando/men/darrem_charles/images/_MG_6132.jpg

 

 

And mine from my last show

 

http://photos-d.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs188.snc1/6320_1177327027460_1056650054_535187_5252697_n.jpg

 

 

http://www.flexonline.com/media/originals/europa_lg.jpg

 

 

I'm not trying to compare myself to IFBB pros who are twice my size....I was just really pumped to see the legs looking really good lately!

 

Eating and resting now....could barely get out of bed...so many nights up til 4AM and some with only a few hours of sleep....working on fixing that....I just have a hard time sleeping.

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It looked like him at first but it's someone else..not sure. It's from this show line-up:

 

Andy Haman

Daniele Seccarecci

Darrem Charles

Don Long

Francisco Bautista

Frederic Sauvage

George Farah

Hidetada Yamagishi

John Simmons

Jonathan Rowe

Milton Holloway, Jr

Nathan Wonsley

Omar Deckard

Oscar Dexter

Raul Carrasco

Sergey Shelestov

Troy Alves

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Still training, just insanely busy! I led all the fitness classes at the AR Conference and got additional workouts in too...training twice a day two of those days.....still training just really really busy!

 

Haven't had a lot money for food out here in L.A. but friends have been giving me food, buying lunch for me, etc. It's awesome!

 

Been hanging out with super cool people and working hard promoting Vegan Bodybuilding...we should see more and more forum members soon

 

First time on the forum for longer than 10 min in a while...nice to be back!

 

-RC

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hehe, it certainly felt like that this weekend....it was pretty ridiculous actually....tons of people using the term "celebrity" when talking to me or about me...lots of shaking hands, posing in photos with people, etc.....but then again, there were 1000 vegans there and it's an industry I'm pretty well known in so it was to be expected.

 

It's fun and it's cool to see people really excited and inspired, and motivated, etc. I'm used to it so I stay pretty grounded these days

 

On a side note...I totally have dreads now and didn't even mean to...I think I went to bed with wet hair too many times...totally have a bunch of dreads and I didn't even want them!

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For fun:

 

2005 when I won a natural show:

 

http://www.veganbodybuilding.com/imgs/albums/Finals/final10.jpg

 

 

2009 when I won a natural show:

 

http://photos-a.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs006.snc1/2828_1146728062505_1056650054_423480_2340917_n.jpg

 

 

2009 when I didn't make the top 5 in a non-natural show (photo 3 days before competition)

 

http://photos-a.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs188.snc1/6320_1177328507497_1056650054_535192_3433650_n.jpg

 

You look amazing Robert .... def the best ever! And I know you well enough to know it's only the beginning.

 

*steps on soap box*

You know my stance on natty's (those who can pass not only drug testing but polygraphed shows) competing in a non-natty competition. I would love to see you in the Natural Comps ....

*steps off soap box*

 

still love ya babe

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