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From Sasquatch to Half-squatch (or maybe not)

Old 07-06-11, 02:47 PM
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From Sasquatch to Half-squatch (or maybe not)

Could I actually be on my way to Emeritus status? There's a distinct possibility that I am, but I will let the how I feel physically do the final deciding.
Originally when I started the year at 265-ish, I set a weight goal of 205-ish for myself. I did not work much in the way of number crunching to determine if 205 was a reasonable goal... it was just a number I pulled based off things I've read about Magnus Backstedt (who at 6'4" is a dense 210 pounds.)

In following my statistics, my weight currently holds around 210 - 213 and my bodyfat % has been checking in (impedence measurement) at 15 - 15.5%
For racing season, I've been looking to drop closer to 10%, which would put me at 198 pounds (to retain the same lean mass I'm currently carrying, and I don't plan on losing any of that.)

I don't know that I want to lose the Clydesdale status. I like being the Sasquatch on my team, and I might even ammend my goal just to keep the ability to race in the Clyde category in the upcoming PDX Cross Crusade series. I've been in the 240-ish or bigger range since my late collegiate years even though I was always active with cycling, skating, snowboarding, or something all year round... So I got used to being "hey, big man".

Does anyone else have a fond attachment to their Clydesdale status, or am I just being a dork?
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I know he's no where close to Clyde status but Thor Hushovd at 6' 175 lbs looks huge compared to other Tour riders. I love it when the helicopter looks down upon the race and here is Thor, in the bright yellow jersey, surrounded by all those little guys, not in the yellow jersey. Kindof like the Queen Bee surrounding by her servants!

Clift you are a RACE size clyde which is much differ than a normal ****er clyde (like me). Be proud you can compete with power and style.

I'm a "fluffy" size gal and always love it when I beat some little dude up a hill and he is genuinely surprised I am that strong. Of course i am strong! Look what I have to pull up a hill!!!!! Of course, I would love to be smaller but I well never be petite so I embrace what I am and don't let it stop me!
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Few years back I ate to keep my weight down. Maybe 4 candy bars all year, no mayo, no butter, no salad dressing all year long for 2 years. Best I could do at 6'1 was 218 lbs on my very best day. So I pretty much know I will never lose the clyde status.

But a biggest part of my fun on the bike has stemmed from being a bigger rider. When you train, size can be very deceptive to other riders.
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Originally Posted by 10 Wheels
Tall dork.
Probably. You forgot "neurotic", though.

Originally Posted by Pamestique
I know he's no where close to Clyde status but Thor Hushovd at 6' 175 lbs looks huge compared to other Tour riders. I love it when the helicopter looks down upon the race and here is Thor, in the bright yellow jersey, surrounded by all those little guys, not in the yellow jersey. Kindof like the Queen Bee surrounding by her servants!

Clift you are a RACE size clyde which is much differ than a normal ****er clyde (like me). Be proud you can compete with power and style.
I've seen some videos of the Clyde class races from Cross Crusade, and what you need to imagine is a whole lineup of tall dork racer guys. Yes, there are a few not-so-tall, a-little-more-round Clydes who still get out there and hold their own in the field, but the average height looks about 6'4" or so. It looks like a very competitive field, and I don't think anyone else on my team makes the weight limit.

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Few years back I ate to keep my weight down. Maybe 4 candy bars all year, no mayo, no butter, no salad dressing all year long for 2 years. Best I could do at 6'1 was 218 lbs on my very best day. So I pretty much know I will never lose the clyde status.

But a biggest part of my fun on the bike has stemmed from being a bigger rider. When you train, size can be very deceptive to other riders.
I wasn't losing status for a long time because I never really tried. Even when I was long-miling last year I would just slam down calories like nobody's business. Snacking all evening, a couple of drinks (the ultimate in empty calories: Soda and liquor in the same glass!) and never losing a pound.
This year my goal was to lean up after getting my team invite and deciding I want to be competitive, not just a sideliner in a team kit. I cut out the alcohol, soda (maybe 1 a week, and real sugar only), candy, and no more snacking after dinner while watching TV or sitting at the computer. Additionally I started an elimination diet to figure out some possible food-related allergies and it turns out that I have problems with just about anything processed or artificially preserved; so most of my food is from the produce stand, and I've cut out most dairy products and breads. In doing that, my digestive and respiratory allergy symptoms have almost gone away, and I'm training much stronger than I was last year at the same time. The weight loss has been a secondary benefit of the dietary changes.
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