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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 05-25-11, 11:45 AM   #1
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Two Races Down and I'm On My Way Up

Last night I raced for the second time at the Tuesday night PIR race in Portland. The Cat 4/5 race is 6 laps which is about 12 miles. The first time I raced there 3 weeks ago I got dropped in the first corner and I was lapped twice by the pack by the end. Last night I was able to hang on for 2.5 laps and I wasn't lapped until the final straight of the last lap.

I think I've found my motivation.

Any advice on specific training for a clyde?
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Old 05-25-11, 11:56 AM   #2
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Ride, ride, ride. Keep trying, you'll make it further each time.

There is a road bike racing subforum in the road bike forum that has lots of threads about training for racing. I would guess probably work on 20 min intervals until you can hang with the pack, then get more specific with training.
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Nice job just entering the races...how big are you might I ask?
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Training for clydes is no different than training for anyone else. Good endurance base, followed by the ability to handle accelerations. Make sure you know how to maintain your momentum and corner correctly, because these accelerations whether on flat or hill, is what gets us moreso than skinnies.

For us clydes, losing weight has a greater benefit than non-clydes. Try losing just 10-lbs. and see what you can do. Have a specific route or hill or section that you ride once a week or twice a month or something so you can judge your progress. When I lost 10-lbs. last January, I was suddenly flying up the local hammerfest hill (0.2 miles, 6%) with the climbing leaders.
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Nice job just entering the races...how big are you might I ask?
Im 5'4" and I'm currently in the low 220s which puts me at a BMI of 38.

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Training for clydes is no different than training for anyone else. Good endurance base, followed by the ability to handle accelerations. Make sure you know how to maintain your momentum and corner correctly, because these accelerations whether on flat or hill, is what gets us moreso than skinnies.

For us clydes, losing weight has a greater benefit than non-clydes. Try losing just 10-lbs. and see what you can do. Have a specific route or hill or section that you ride once a week or twice a month or something so you can judge your progress. When I lost 10-lbs. last January, I was suddenly flying up the local hammerfest hill (0.2 miles, 6%) with the climbing leaders.
That's the plan, if I would just stop eating like a dumbass I would be much better off. Currently I ride 5 days a week mixing long 30+ rides in with short interval sessions on the trainer. When I was eating better I was looking 5-7 pounds a week.
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Last night I raced for the second time at the Tuesday night PIR race in Portland. The Cat 4/5 race is 6 laps which is about 12 miles. The first time I raced there 3 weeks ago I got dropped in the first corner and I was lapped twice by the pack by the end. Last night I was able to hang on for 2.5 laps and I wasn't lapped until the final straight of the last lap.

I think I've found my motivation.

Any advice on specific training for a clyde?
Racing is the best training. Keep going back. Also find fast group rides that routinely drop you and keep working until you can hang on.

If you're just focused on crits I'd focus on shorter duration intervals, so you can handle the slow down/surge aspect of the races. You mentioned you got dropped coming out of corners which is pretty common.

As another poster mentioned, there's a ton of good workout recommendations in the racing sub forum.
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