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Ronnie Coleman Classic 2011 Recap

Things I Will Never Forget

  • Standing naked while a complete stranger spray tans you
  • Spray tan is extremely cold
  • Awkwardly waving at exiting girls as they passed by my tent where I was drying my tan
  • Getting my butt glued by a complete stranger
  • The first time I put my bikini bottoms on
  • Eating cold flank steak
  • Having my name called to walk on stage
  • The judges faces when they looked at me (I mean when they REALLY looked at me)
  • The awesome support I was flooded with on Twitter
  • Seeing my husband and my sister’s faces when I was announced as 3rd place

Funny Bikini Bite Stories from Backstage

Note: Bikini bite (the glue that keeps your suit firmly in place) comes in spray and a roller ball.

Pre-judging: Don’t let a novice spray your buns. The lady who sprayed my booty with bikini bite had just learned how and I was her very first victim. This resulted in her getting it everywhere…oh well I thought.  After it dried I put my sweat pants on and walked over to my friends, ate, chatted. Then they called my class to start getting oiled up. I tried to take off my sweat pants and they were FIRMLY cemented to my left cheek. I slowly and painfully pried it off leaving a patch of untanned skin – 20 minutes before stage time, ha!

Night Show: Do you…need to shave? I kept having to go to the restroom from all the excitement, so I kept having to go get re-bitten. I think the lady was thinking I was moving a lot and knocking my suit off so she went to town with the roller AND the spray version of Bikini Bite.  Keeping warm in my huge baggy black sweat pants turned out to be a bad idea again. 30 minutes before stage time I take off my pants to go get oiled. While standing in line, my friend turns to me and says, “um…you need to pull your suit up in the front.” I look down and black fuzz from my sweat pants was in patchy splotches just above the top of my suit! I tried to dust/rub it off, but to no avail! That actually made it worse! Now I had a sheet of black fuzz!  So I used my razor blade to try to shave off the sweater clumps – it worked! but now my tan looks like it was mowed over. I had to laugh! SOMETHING had to happen – if you don’t have a fiasco, you’re not fully enjoying the backstage life, right? ;P

Props

Body by Susan Groshek, IFBB Fitness Pro – http://www.fitwithsusan.com

Hair and Make up by Chaselyn Wade  – http://www.chaselynwade.com

Tan by Natashia Faiz-Butel / Tan-tastic – tan-tastic @ live . com

Suit by http://www.Suitsyouswimwear.com

Shoes from http://www.Snaz75.com

World-wide Support thanks to Donloree Hoffman and her fabulous 13 – www.Bikiniorbust.com

Souvenirs

 

Ronnie Coleman Classic 2011 - Faith Keith bikini

Taking home 3rd place was the icing on the cake, but not the highlight of my experience

Ronnie Coleman Classic - Susan Groshek - Faith Keith

The woman behind the body, IFBB Fitness Pro Susan Groshek - my amazing trainer

Ronnie Coleman Classic - Tracy Pruitt - Faith Keith

All dolled up!

Ronnie Coleman Classic - Jeris Hall - Faith Keith

Got to meet my long time twitter friend, @jerishall3, who also competed that day!

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A Picture From My 1st Show

A plethora of funny stories to come, but here are one of the pics from the stage. I took home a trophy that night – I was floored!  I felt so honored to walk the stage with all those incredibly fit and beautiful ladies who all worked SO hard. It was surreal being there.  I LOVED…I mean LOVED the stage. I had the time of my LIFE walking on that stage. It was SO. MUCH. FUN!!!!!!!!

I made top 5 first call out and actually thought I was being dismissed haha…thankfully my trainer, Susan Groshek, came back stage immediately. I asked her what that meant and she said “you made top 5!” – I started jumping up and down in my 5″ heals and squealing like a little girl. Of course, it’s not final till the night show.

At the night show they called my name…I wasn’t sure if I heard right. I looked around and said “did he say Faith Keith? did he say Faith Keith?” Nobody answered me so I thought well….I guess I’ll just walk up there and if its not me then they can shew me off – at least I will be remembered. So I walked on and the stage director was motioning to me to come on, so AH it WAS me.  THEN THEY PLACED US!! And I got third!!!!!!!!!!!! WOWEEEEE!!!!!!! I was ecstatic!  I wanted to drop my jaw open and say “ahh oh my gooooosh!!!!”

Faith Keith Bikini - Ronnie Coleman Classic 2011

Ronnie Coleman Classic 2011


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Faith Keith - 9 days till the Ronnie Coleman ClassicEveryone around me is cheering me on – THANK YOU!! You have no idea how much I NEED it and how much it really means to me.  Sometimes it’s your “I believe in you” or “you’ve got this” that gets me through the last mile in my morning run, or the last half hour of my workout.

I could not have done this alone. No way.

I already feel like I have accomplished what I set out to do, but I still have the excitement of the stage (and backstage) experience to look forward to!!

I still can’t believe I am doing this.  I set out to compete in a natural bodybuilding event and …I will actually be doing that next weekend??….. O_o Un-stinkin-real.


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image of "10" from flickr10 Days till the Ronnie Coleman Classic – I can do this. 10 more days of eating perfectly. 10 more days of ZERO cheats. 10 more days to stay focused. That’s only 8 days and 48 hours 🙂

A week is nothing!

(Hah…for all you competitors, you know a week is not “nothing”, but we can survive, we will survive, and we will succeed!)

The other day on our way to church I was bent over my lap digging in my purse to make sure my chicken was not leaking and my husband got a glimpse of my delts and back muscles through my blouse and exclaimed, “Wow! You’re a monster!” I sat upright quickly and with eyes wide and batting Shirley-Temple-style I raised my hands to my face and said, “oh, thank you!!!” ^__^

Ah, the life of a competitor – what crazy comments are made that we take as compliments! ha! 🙂


11 Days till the Ronnie Coleman Classic!

With a mere 11 days ahead I press on with excitement, perseverance…and…extreme fatigue 😛


Dear God, please help me stay lean after my show. Amen.

I want to stay ridiculously fit! After my competition I can see myself totally eating snacks outside of meal time. Snacks…during movies, or with my coffee, or with my family, or just cuz Im hungry… What will stop me?!

Can I determine in my mind to get back in the groove?

I believe so.

I’ve learned so much from Susan.  One of which, competition body is not a maintainable body, but there IS a super fit me than I can maintain. I’m stoked to find that body in me and learn how to maintain it!  I’ve more or less decided that I want to continue training with Susan for a bit after the show so she can help me find my happy, maintainable medium!

Right now, the competition drives me. Psychologically, after the show, I can imagine I will feel like its over and done with so it will be so important that I create my new drive or reason for healthy living.

I would love to know what competitors do to stay focused during off season.  I have seen some totally let go because they know they can snap back.

Do you peeps have any tricks you plan on using post-comp?


Posing Class

I had my first posing class on Saturday with Susan Groshek! It was great to be there with the other girls and get to watch them and then try to imitate. Let me be honest and say I really thought it wasn’t going to be that hard. But it was like stand up tall, shoulders back, but dont pinch them, lift them, but don’t roll them, flare your lats, just look confident, exaggerate your hips and move your shoulders, stick your butt out but dont look like a slut, oh and keep your elbow out, not behind you, smile, make eye contact with the judges, oh…and try to look natural.

So, now I won’t judge the girls on stage that seem stiff, or seem to not be able to concentrate on anything except their pose.  I’ve seen girls on stage, instructed by a judge to step forward and they practically stay in position and just scoot. NOW I KNOW WHY!!!

Workin’ a cat walk is harder than it looks!

I’ve got work to do. And by work I mean…I’ve got a lot of staring in the mirror at myself to do and trying not to freak out that I might look like the spawn of Frankenstein (in posing suit).


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