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Old 01-19-11, 01:28 PM   #1
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How long have you been a Clyde/Athena?

I posted this in the Road Forum on accident, meant to post it here and I dont know how t omove it.

How long have you been a Clyde/Athena, and do you ever wish not to be one?
I could go back to Freshman year in highschool when I officially went over 200lbs, at a height of about 5' 7" . I am now 31, 5'9, and about 243. I hope by the Fall to no longer be a Clyde. I enjoy riding, found out I cant wrench very well, and enjoy communting in nice weather. I am sure some of you out there started out much higher than me, but does everyone here have a goal of no longer being a clyde? I mean, I am not tall, but seriously had people tell me I would look anorexic (sp) if I was under 190.... Seriously? Some people can be tall and carry over 200lbs well, but not me. I think they are just used to "heavy Matt". Enough rambling, long story short, great site, great forum, looking foward to being a clyde in my heart and not my body.
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Old 01-19-11, 02:23 PM   #2
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I posted this in the Road Forum on accident, meant to post it here and I dont know how t omove it.

How long have you been a Clyde/Athena, and do you ever wish not to be one?
I could go back to Freshman year in highschool when I officially went over 200lbs, at a height of about 5' 7" . I am now 31, 5'9, and about 243. I hope by the Fall to no longer be a Clyde. I enjoy riding, found out I cant wrench very well, and enjoy communting in nice weather. I am sure some of you out there started out much higher than me, but does everyone here have a goal of no longer being a clyde? I mean, I am not tall, but seriously had people tell me I would look anorexic (sp) if I was under 190.... Seriously? Some people can be tall and carry over 200lbs well, but not me. I think they are just used to "heavy Matt". Enough rambling, long story short, great site, great forum, looking foward to being a clyde in my heart and not my body.
Your road forum post, just ask the moderators to delete it over there, they will take care of it for you. As for me, I think I was about 22 when I crossed the line, been there ever since, although I have been close a couple of times recently, and may actually have crossed over, but am firmly in Clyde territory at the moment. For the record, I turn 50 this year.
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For me, about 24 years.

I'm six foot tall and was about 170lbs at age 23 (those were the days).

A combination of business travel, insufficient exercise and a wife who is a good cook put me over 200 lbs at 30 years old. I hit 250 lbs at age 33, and again at age 49.

Cycling helped me lose 50 lbs during the last five years. I've been between 199 and 220 lbs during the last three years, I'm now 54 years old.

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I don't remember when I became a clyde. I was actually happy when I went over the 200 pound mark because I used to be skinny. At my heaviest I was about 240 at 5'9. Currently I hover around 210. If I remember correctly I graduated H.S. at 5'6 and 140.
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Technically June 2009 (when I got back on a bike) I was just tall and fat before that , seriously though I was a 6'3'' 300 pound Freshman in high school, by the time high school was done I was a 6'5'' 330 pound senior and from there I haven't seen the other side of 300 pounds. I probably crossed the 200 pound mark when I was I don't know 11?12? mind you I was 6 feet tall at those ages as well but I believe it was called "Husky" back then at those ages

534 was my heaviest and that was in the beginning of 2008 ( I suspect that I was more than that the summer of 07 but only have a couple pictures to judge off of) and am now 315 ish and am planning on seeing the other side of 300 sooner than later sub 200 pounds? at 6'5'' and pretty muscular under my padding I don't know if I would ever not be a clyde.

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I've been fat from about the time I entered elementary school, though judging from old family photos, it didn't really manifest itself until about 5th or 6th grade or so. But as far as meeting the specific definition of Clydedom, it was probably during my sophomore year of high school. I didn't make a point of tracking (or even remembering) my weight in high school except for freshman year, when we had to get sorted into weight classes for wrestling in PE. I was 185, and probably no taller than 5'-5" or 5'-6". Given I was only 15 pounds away from 200 at that point, I'm sure I crossed 200 shortly thereafter.

Even in my late 20s when I last lost weight successfully, I never got below 212 (from 264), so I've been a continuous Clyde since those high school years. Now I'm happy to say I'm at least under that 212 figure, if not out of actual Clyde territory yet. The downside is in between that previous loss, and beginning this campaign, I allowed myself to get up to 304.5. Yikes. What was I thinking?

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How long have you been a Clyde/Athena, .
Well at 17 I was 6 feet tall. At 19 I was about 210. Since then, you choose (6ft or 200), I have been a clyde at 6'1 ranging anywhere from 220-250 depending on my habits and goals.


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and do you ever wish not to be one? .
Hell no! Cycling is only a small portion of my arsenal. The way I see it, a 210 lb athlete will kill a 150 lb athlete in just about everything except the TDF and the LA marathon. Plus there is a reason hoodlums don't try to steal my bike or take my lunch money

I hang out in cycling forums for now but cycling isn't everything.
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I'm 6'5", pushing 6'6" with a large frame. I've been a Clyde since my Sophomore year of high school. I played 4 sports - soccer, basketball, baseball and track (did both for 2 spring seasons). That said, I have been overweight for 20 years - I'm 40. After blowing out both knees in my first two years of college basketball (left freshman year, right sophomore year), I started packing on serious weight. Going from burning close to 6000 calories a day from all the running, riding and lifting I was doing to an almost completely sedentary lifestyle for 20 years will do that to you. I started my journey back to health a little less than a year ago and have lost about 80 lbs with another 130-140 or so to go - which would put me between 210 and 220, which would be ideal for my build, but still leave me way too fat for this sport.
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I've been a fatas... er "Clyde" ever since the 6th grade. I can remember back that I was actually proud to pass 200lbs! I used to brag about it as I was the biggest kid in class. Now I'm 285 and would love to be 200lbs again. The plan is to be 215lbs by the time my son's next birthday hits, and right now I'm not making very good progress.

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Old 01-19-11, 11:11 PM   #10
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I posted this in the Road Forum on accident, meant to post it here and I dont know how t omove it.

How long have you been a Clyde/Athena, and do you ever wish not to be one?
I could go back to Freshman year in highschool when I officially went over 200lbs, at a height of about 5' 7" . I am now 31, 5'9, and about 243. I hope by the Fall to no longer be a Clyde. I enjoy riding, found out I cant wrench very well, and enjoy communting in nice weather. I am sure some of you out there started out much higher than me, but does everyone here have a goal of no longer being a clyde? I mean, I am not tall, but seriously had people tell me I would look anorexic (sp) if I was under 190.... Seriously? Some people can be tall and carry over 200lbs well, but not me. I think they are just used to "heavy Matt". Enough rambling, long story short, great site, great forum, looking foward to being a clyde in my heart and not my body.
Depends how you define it. I hit 6 foot and 240 pounds in my senior year of high school. But I was a fat child for a long, long time before.
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Since high school. I believe I was at 200 freshman year for football so 14 - 15 years now
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I've been a Clyde since I was 16. I graduated high school at 6'1" and ~175lbs. My freshman year of college did me in, and at the end of that year I was up to 230lbs. Been a big guy ever since. Do I want to stay a Clyde? I'm 6'4" tall, so I'll have little choice in that, but I am trying like the devil to get my weight down closer to 200lbs. I started the year at 319.8lbs and am now at 308.4lbs. Fingers crossed, I will hit the 225-240 range this year. This forum helps me bunches.
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I was always a big kid (5'5" ad 140 pounds JUNIOR high!) But I think I made the jump to Clyde around my early HS years. I hit 6' somewhere around 8th or 9th grade and probably crossed into 200 lbs land somewhere around 9th grade as well. I did okay, though all the way through high school. It wasn't till I left for college that I started to get REALLY big and then after that, REALLY HUGE!!!

I wish everyday to no longer be a clyde. Don't get me wrong - I'll always be a clyde in my heart, but I would love to hover somwhere around 195ish. Though I suppose I'll never be able to drop clyde status what with being 6'3" and all.
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I'm 5ft 10, I don't remember exactly when I crossed over the 200lb mark, but I do recall I was 207lbs in 1985 at the ripe old age of 23 , so that's 25 years and counting. I was 298lbs at my heaviest and am now down to 214, non-clydedom is almost within reach
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I am 260 right now. My goal is to get down to just about 220ish. I think I will always be a Clyde... been over 200 since mid thirties. I am 6'2" so I think 220 is a good weight for me..
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At 14, I was 5' 10" and just over 200 lbs. At 16, I was 6' and 150 lbs. At 20, it all came together and I've been over 6' and over 200 lbs. for the past 31 years. Doubt I'll get below 200 any time soon but it may happen some day. I'd be happy to get to, and stay, below 210 or so.
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Since my first year in University which was 10 years ago now. Went from an athlete in high school to nothing very quickly. I am 5'11" and 240 and I hope to be out of the clydesdale club before I am 30.
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I was 6'2" in grade 10 and 157 lbs. That's the weight I wrestled at that year.
At graduation I was 175.
Age 40 I endered the clan of the clydes.
Peaked last year, age 55, at 250.
Dropped 22 lbs and 3 inches off my waist in Spring of 2010
Weight crept back on so now I'm 250 again.

I lost weight because I was super busy and on my feet with no time for lunch or snacking.
Now I'm back to being sedentary. Kick myself every day the sun shines and I don't ride.

Want to start that journey south on the scales again.
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It started at high school and lasted until I was in the army. Then I became a clyde again when I switched to my present job where I'm sitting all day
and having to short a ride to work, that it helps.
I used to commute 40 miles/day all year around on my bicycles.
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Last time i saw under 200 was 8th grade... i was 6-3 in 9th grade 235-240, graduated HS at 220, had bad medical problem freshman year of college up to 248, got down to 205 playing college baseball, married about 210, 5 years later 215 this morning...

I was under 200 for about 3 days one summer in college while i was bailing hay on a stretch of a week it was 90+ every day

Id like to see what it's like to be about 195. I think it'd help my cycling a little bit. Id like to get more competitive in cyclocross, so that's one of my goals this spring
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I've been an Athena for a long time. I don't know if my body is really meant to be less than 150lbs. When I was in college I weighed 155 and was a size 6.
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I am a clyde due to height and weight. I think that I first pased the 6' mark when I was 15 and the 200 lb mark when I was 17. I did drop below the 200 lbs for a couple of years in college. I have been a clyde for 39 years.
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I think I've been an Athena basically since high school. I remember in high school, one of my friends said to me, 'you're short and stocky, with an extra layer of fat'. Thanks, dude. I weighed somewhere around 150-160 (at 5'4") from high school through to university. In my early 20's I decided to lose weight and went on a bunch of fad diets, and lost down to 135 lbs, which was incredibly thin for me. I was super toned and looked amazing. But I was obsessed with food and exercise and it was mentally unhealthy for me, so I decided to quit dieting, and rebounded in weight up to 200. I've been around there for probably around 5-7 years (not sure exactly). Since I took up cycling this summer, I've naturally dropped 10-15 lbs. I expect to drop more this summer coming up, since we'll be taking a 2000km bike tour for our summer vacation.
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I believe I broke the 200 pound mark sometime in 8th or 9th grade.

If all goes as planned, I'll be breaking back through it (in the other direction) by the end of the year.
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I acheived clyde status in high school. Then in the 12th grade I dropped down to 180. Stayed there for a while and then blew up. Finally got around to going to college, lost weight and found serious fitness when I walked on to the basketball team. Took up bike racing afterwards and dropped to 175. At 35 I gave it up and the ballooning began. I hit 300 about three weeks ago and got serious about coming back. Down to 288 this morning, 68 to go. With all the weightlifting, I figure 220 is about as low as I can go now.
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