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Old 03-04-14, 12:02 PM   #26
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Always fun to see another Arizona racer on the forum. Getting to proper racing weight opens up your wheel choices significantly, so unless you need to replace something broken, you might consider taking the weight off before investing in wheels. I'm 6'6". I went from 230 to my current 188 when I started 'training to race' and 'eating to train'. Stopped worrying about choosing the "Clyde" version of the wheels.

Gratz on doing that well in VOS - you clearly have power. For motivation, think about applying that power to less weight, and what that would mean on the VOS climb. It's hard to overstate the benefits of weighing less when racing a bike.

Oh, and a locals tip. Spend a lot of time on either Usury or 9-mile. Or both
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I'm partial to a powermeter being the best bang for the buck. After that, a very well fitting race kit. After that, race tires and latex tubes. After that, race wheels. All assuming a functional bike that won't break when you stand up to accelerate.

For a tt, I'd say skinsuit first (150-200), aero helmet that fits riding style second (80-200), disk wheel cover (100 bucks) third. That's assuming you have a good position on a functional bike with aero bars.
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Old 03-04-14, 05:54 PM   #28
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I neglected to mention, the bang-for-buck ratio on going to bed early is out of this world.

Put that at the top of the list.

And when can we start making bang-for-buck massage parlor jokes? Now?
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Now is a good time. There are probably 25-30 "$25 massage" type places in my city. I'm waiting until kwaki is in town to give them a test run, I'm scared.
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My wife was called to sit on a jury where a guy was being charged with sexual assault for demanding that type of thing. I guess you gotta know the secret word.
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Always fun to see another Arizona racer on the forum. Getting to proper racing weight opens up your wheel choices significantly, so unless you need to replace something broken, you might consider taking the weight off before investing in wheels. I'm 6'6". I went from 230 to my current 188 when I started 'training to race' and 'eating to train'. Stopped worrying about choosing the "Clyde" version of the wheels.

Gratz on doing that well in VOS - you clearly have power. For motivation, think about applying that power to less weight, and what that would mean on the VOS climb. It's hard to overstate the benefits of weighing less when racing a bike.

Oh, and a locals tip. Spend a lot of time on either Usury or 9-mile. Or both
I live in extreme southern Arizona...like northern Mexico, practically. I've done 9 mile hill once in a gran fondo last fall. I think I can get down to around 185, so that's my goal.
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Thanks for all of the responses. I have learned a lot. I'm thinking a power meter may be the next step for me. I'm not looking for a piece of equipment that will compensate for performance being lowered by my weight, just trying to plan for future upgrades when the time comes.
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"This stuff can come later, but right now, don't worry about coaching, $300 fits, powermeters, or aero equip. Just ride & learn to turn."
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^my coach is from somewhere in southern AZ, he now lives in WV though. I've plunked $$ down on coaching, power meters, light weight stuff, aero stuff, wheels, etc., etc., etc. in my experience, my growth as a cyclist has been served best by expenditures on coaching, which is why i'm going that route again this year after a few years of self coaching.
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^sure, but you are in a considerably different point in your development than the OP.
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you would argue that a set of wheels would lead to better results for a newbie than a coach?
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I think I can get down to around 185, so that's my goal.
Slightly off topic, but Racing Weight by Matt Fitzgerald really helped me conceptualize my weight and weight goals. It really hones in on the concept of an endurance athlete's body composition and where it should be from off season to race peak.
Each to their own, but hope that helps OP.

p.s. sounds like you did well at VOS, congrats!
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you would argue that a set of wheels would lead to better results for a newbie than a coach?
no i would argue that pedaling a lot would lead to better results for a newbie than a coach. the op is probably at a point where anything he does is going to make huge differences. there's so much info available in books/online that imo he's not in a position where he needs a coach.
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Slightly off topic, but Racing Weight by Matt Fitzgerald really helped me conceptualize my weight and weight goals. It really hones in on the concept of an endurance athlete's body composition and where it should be from off season to race peak.
Each to their own, but hope that helps OP.

p.s. sounds like you did well at VOS, congrats!

I have that book, bought it when it first came out...but have forgotten about it. I should re-read it.

I do remember how it discussed fluctuating weight throughout the year. So with a little calculation, knowing that I'm 215 with 18% body fat, if I can trim to 10% while without losing muscle, I'd still be 198.
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no i would argue that pedaling a lot would lead to better results for a newbie than a coach. the op is probably at a point where anything he does is going to make huge differences. there's so much info available in books/online that imo he's not in a position where he needs a coach.
so you think that you would gain more from your college classes by having the text books and doing labs than by having a professor?
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no i would argue that pedaling a lot would lead to better results for a newbie than a coach. the op is probably at a point where anything he does is going to make huge differences. there's so much info available in books/online that imo he's not in a position where he needs a coach.

I'll use myself as an example. Now I realize some of you guys think I'm hella fast, but I'm still old. When I was your age I had some bad ideas in my head, and as a result I ended up burying myself and given the introduction of some life stress I took it as an opportunity to quit. Had I had the kind of guidance I have now I would have been a pretty incredible cyclist. I doubt good enough to race on the highest levels, but really pretty good.

Yes you can and will make gains no matter what you do. But certain mistakes can be quite debilitating. And the question is more like 'I have money to spend…how should I spend it," than anything else.
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i'm not saying a coach would be bad, i just think there's a time and a place for a formal coach and a structured plan and a time and a place for trying to ride an race as much as possible, talk to more experienced members of your club/the fast guys on the group rides, etc.

that being said, both g and mdcatv are far better bike racers than me sooo...

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you would argue that a set of wheels would lead to better results for a newbie than a coach?

good coach or bad coach?





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I do remember how it discussed fluctuating weight throughout the year. So with a little calculation, knowing that I'm 215 with 18% body fat, if I can trim to 10% while without losing muscle, I'd still be 198.
Pretty sure your calculations are way off.
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Pretty sure your calculations are way off.
Yeah, I'm seeing 194 @ 10%
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i'm not saying a coach would be bad, i just think there's a time and a place for a formal coach and a structured plan and a time and a place for trying to ride an race as much as possible, talk to more experienced members of your club/the fast guys on the group rides, etc.

that being said, both g and mdcatv are far better bike racers than me sooo...
You seem to be saying that flailing about enthusiastically is a good way to go for a new racer.

I think you've set up a false dichotomy above. One can have a coach and a formal training plan AND race a lot and benefit from the advice of local experienced racers. I know that I'd be farther behind the power curve if I didn't have a coach providing direction, experience and accountability. I also feel that the less one is gifted, the more one benefits from having a coach.
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Yeah, I'm seeing 194 @ 10%

Losing 8% bodyfat would subtract more than 8% body mass. There's a lot of water and vessels and blood volume and structure to go along with the increased weight.
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i'm not saying a coach would be bad, i just think there's a time and a place for a formal coach and a structured plan and a time and a place for trying to ride an race as much as possible, talk to more experienced members of your club/the fast guys on the group rides, etc.

that being said, both g and mdcatv are far better bike racers than me sooo...

I'm not at all saying it's necessary, but I don't think there's much of a question that it would be a better use of money than many cycling related items, save a powermeter.
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Losing 8% bodyfat would subtract more than 8% body mass. There's a lot of water and vessels and blood volume and structure to go along with the increased weight.
Fair enough, but what % of body fat accounts for this other mass? Isn't this structure measured when using calipers, or is it factored out in the computations that follow?
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Fair enough, but what % of body fat accounts for this other mass? Isn't this structure measured when using calipers, or is it factored out in the computations that follow?
quoting from another forum where I talked about going from 13% to 9%. Where the 15lbs represents about 8-9% of bodymass.

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13% down to 9% makes sense to me based on 15 pounds of total weight lost.


This is obviously mega rough but: you were at 24 pounds of total fat before, down to ~15 now.


20% of total weight loss being lean tissue is expected/predictable, so that's 3 pounds there. With total lost fat at 9 pounds with, say, an additional 3 pound drop in the capacity to carry body water in a comfortably hydrated state*, there's your 15 pounds matching up to the percentage shift, which may not be accurate but still makes sense as internally consistent.
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