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    Clyde Race Report - Bulldog RR in the rain, my first race

    Saturday was the Bulldog Bike Race on Camp Pendleton. It was advertised a 26 mile out and back. I went back and forth if I was going to do it or not, and decided to just do it. I wanted to get a different bike before I tried racing, but decided to stop making excuses and just try it. They offered a Clyde class so I loaded everything up Saturday morning and drove over.

    It was raining buckets at 7 when I arrived. I registered and waited around in the rain. They pushed the start back 15 minutes, and instead of 7 different waves of riders, grouped everyone into 2 waves. We would start in the 2nd wave. After the 1st wave left, I rolled up to the start, and no one else was too anxious so I ended up right in front. They did a neutral start to get us out of the parking lot and onto the road, then they let us go. A couple of guys took off, but it was raining and there was a decent headwind, so they didn't go anywhere.

    About 6 miles in, I got dropped from the lead pack on a pretty big roller. I knew I could not sustain that effort the entire race, and there was nothing I could do. There was a pretty good climb up to the turn around point, about a 500 ft climb. On the way back a group of 4 of us formed, and we got a decent paceline going. By the time we got back, the sun was shining but the roads were still wet.

    I ended up 6th in the Clyde class out of 23. It was a ton of fun, but very challenging. It is completely different when you see that pack creeping away knowing they will not wait for you or let up at all. I have not downloaded my Garmin yet, but here is what I saw after the race

    Total miles - 27 and change
    Time - 1:30 something
    Avg Speed - just over 18 mph
    Max Speed - 43.5 mph
    Avg HR - 169
    Max HR - 190

    Normally, I try and keep my HR from going over 165 for a long time, but I couldn't read my Garmin in the rain. So it was a good thing, because I had no idea I could sustain that kind of effort for that long. I was sore in places I didn't know I could be sore. I was completely worn out. And I can't wait to try it again.

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    Congrats!!! That is my next thing to try is a race!!
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    I have no desire to do pack-type races, but there's a couple of time trials around here that intrigue me. One is a hilly long-distance event, and I'll probably give it a go this fall. The other one is shorter and more of a speed event, about the same distance as yours, only non-drafting. I may take a whack at it, too. I'm pretty sure I won't even get 18 mph, so I won't be competitive with anyone, but reading posts like yours is an inspiration to go do it anyway. Congratulations on trying and on doing well.
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    clyde class. Now we're talkin!

    Congrats on the result, my first race is in a couple weeks, and I can't wait!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Lug View Post
    Congrats!!! That is my next thing to try is a race!!
    Do it. It is the most fun you will painfully have.

    Quote Originally Posted by StephenH View Post
    I have no desire to do pack-type races, but there's a couple of time trials around here that intrigue me. One is a hilly long-distance event, and I'll probably give it a go this fall. The other one is shorter and more of a speed event, about the same distance as yours, only non-drafting. I may take a whack at it, too. I'm pretty sure I won't even get 18 mph, so I won't be competitive with anyone, but reading posts like yours is an inspiration to go do it anyway. Congratulations on trying and on doing well.
    I was unsure about the pack race too. I felt more comforable during this race, in the rain, than I have at the organized centuries I have done. Everyone was smooth and predictable. Hopefully they are saying the same about me. I like the competitiveness of a pack, but whatever gets you out there to push yourself is a good thing.

    Quote Originally Posted by superdex View Post
    clyde class. Now we're talkin!

    Congrats on the result, my first race is in a couple weeks, and I can't wait!
    Good luck with your race, I wish I would have pre-hydrated better. I'm going to try some Endurolytes pre-race next time. And I am glad I got there really early. Even though I did a lot of waiting in the rain, I didn't feel rushed or confused about what was going to happen.

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    Well done!

    You have lot's of options out your way so have a blast!

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    That's phenomenal.

    A 500 ft climb would kill my average.
    Amazing HR numbers.

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    You a young' un? Marine?
    Great job either way. And did you stop at an MCX / Marine Mart along the way?

    (I guess not with those kinds of speeds)

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    Quote Originally Posted by rideorglide View Post
    You a young' un? Marine?
    Great job either way. And did you stop at an MCX / Marine Mart along the way?

    (I guess not with those kinds of speeds)
    I turned 38 last month. Not a Marine, but support them 100%. It was cool, they had the Marines out handling traffic control and handing out water cups at a couple spots along the course. No stops for me along the way, that is probably one reason it was so exhausting. Even a fast group ride gets stopped at a light now and then. They had all intersections controlled, so I did not stop once start to finish.

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    Way to go Mr. Clyde (or should we call you MC Hammer?). That sounds like a real accomplishment and a lot of fun. One question, were you able to stay dry in the rain at all, or did you just throw in the towel after a few miles? I'm riding in the "Tour De Sewer" this weekend - its not a race, but it is a 62 mile out and back from Bell Gardens to Hacienda Heights, here in Los Angeles. Rain is in the forecast .... sooooo, enquiring minds want to know!!

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    Big Pounding Pats on the back. 6th in your first race-outstanding.

    I'm 56 and want to make my entrance to the racing world. AZ MTB Association has a Clyde Class called Rock Crushers. I'm aiming for an April race in Prescott. Your story is encouraging. BTW-the last time my HR hit 190 was probably the birth of my first child.
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    Awesome job. To echo the above 6 of 23 is a great result and darned impressive for a first race!

    You sound like you're now an addict... the first step is admitting you have a problem
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    Quote Originally Posted by El Gigante View Post
    One question, were you able to stay dry in the rain at all, or did you just throw in the towel after a few miles? I'm riding in the "Tour De Sewer" this weekend - its not a race, but it is a 62 mile out and back from Bell Gardens to Hacienda Heights, here in Los Angeles. Rain is in the forecast .... sooooo, enquiring minds want to know!!
    I went out and bought a rain jacket from Performance the day before the race. They made such a big deal about pinning the number to the outer most layer, there was no way I was putting safety pins in my brand new rain jacket. So I wore the following

    Bib shorts
    Long sleeve base layer (Arctic Guard)
    Double jerseys
    Arm warmers
    Full fingered gloves
    I put my "toesies" on my shoes, hoping it would keep my feet a little drier, that seemed to work

    It worked well. It was raining waiting for the start, so yes I got completely wet but once riding, I warmed up and it wasn't bad clothing wise. The tough part was visibility (I only had sunglasses and didn't wear them) and it felt like I drank about 2 gallons of rainwater while riding in the pack.

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    Thanks for the wet weather clothing tips. I've got base layers and some nice water resistant tights, but the rain jacket might be a problem. Did you get a good deal at Performance?
    Yeah, well, you know, that's just, like, your opinion, man.

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    Cool job! I don't follow the race scene but who knows, maybe someday. In 3 years, I'll be a 50+ Clyde, amybe I'll go race all the old fat guys!

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    Nice work...

    It hurts when the pack rolls away from you and all you want to do is hang on to a wheel - but just can't.

    If you hang in there - it happens less and less (but it still happens - just to keep you honest).

    It's a lot of fun though - and can be habit forming .

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