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The "you're too skinny" speech.

Old 04-04-14, 08:17 AM
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Originally Posted by Dheorl View Post
I thought I'd only used it once. Not sure how I'm using it wrong tbh, I'm substantially bigger than I was. Worried I might start to get too fat for this sport =)
"Incontheivable!!!!"

:-)

(My wife always hollers "have fun shtorming da castle!) when I go for a group ride)


I'm 6'2 and 230 and there are guys pudgier than me who easily run the "A" group. Having said that, hills are painful, but I am surprised how many guys my size do well in tris. Not winning, but not embarrassing themselves.

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Old 04-04-14, 09:18 AM
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5'9" and 150-160lbs, depending on time of year.

I lift twice a week (once upper, once lower) and race cat3 crits and track
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Originally Posted by bbattle View Post
I wonder how many of these guys are married. Marriage can add 20 pounds to you in a hurry.

5'8" 165 lbs. (173cm, 74.7kg)

but my grandkids still thinks it's cool to go riding bikes with me.
Haha. On the flip side, my wife is the one who helps me keep my weight in check, and otherwise I'd probably weigh 20 lbs. more. I've been fairly consistent since college, usually 170 +/- a couple no matter how much I work out. It's either fat-weight or muscle-weight, but my weight itself tends to not fluctuate.
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Old 04-04-14, 12:01 PM
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Originally Posted by gc3 View Post
Oh joy! Another internet thread where I can make a bunch of spurious and meretricious claims about myself, and no one will ever know the difference!
Since I posted after this, I know it wasn't me you were specifically referring to but it IS the Internets. So hard to say what's true or not. Therefore, I offer these as proof of my claims.

The "fat" side view is the day I started working out Aug 2011 - 209 pounds, 45% bodyfat, etc. The second side view is me in same t-shirt 8 weeks later. The one with the red pullover and capris was taken in February, a month before my operation. I've dropped about 15 pounds since then - some due to getting sick, some from working out and cycling.
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Old 04-04-14, 12:19 PM
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Wow, you can barely notice the missing lung...
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Old 04-04-14, 12:26 PM
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Wow, you can barely notice the missing lung...
Hahaha!
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Old 04-04-14, 10:01 PM
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6'2" 160 pounds, 64. My wife says I look like I just escaped from a concentration camp. My mother and my daughter say I'm too skinny. I'm down from 225 about 10 years ago. The weight varies from about 158 to 165 depending on seasons and holidays. I get the "stick man", "blow away in the wind", and "skinny old fart" comments at work, but I've grown accustomed to it, and given my unhealthy history, rather proud of it. Annual blood work came in really good, so I'm a happy camper.
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Old 04-05-14, 04:00 AM
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6'3"+, 167 lbs., 50 years old. I'm probably down 20 lbs. from my heaviest (I've never been big) five years ago. I recently ran into a Dr. acquaintance I hadn't seen in a couple of years, and he asked if I was well. Wasn't quite sure how to take that. . .
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Can you be too skinny for cycling? Contador, Wiggins, Froume and others look like they are starving to me. Post Lance/Doping, power/weight ratio is emphasized a lot more I think.
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Old 04-05-14, 04:35 AM
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Originally Posted by zymphad View Post
Can you be too skinny for cycling? Contador, Wiggins, Froume and others look like they are starving to me. Post Lance/Doping, power/weight ratio is emphasized a lot more I think.
What do you think about Rasmussen??

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Old 04-05-14, 11:31 AM
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when I was 160 a month ago I remarked that I wanted to shed some pounds and was told I was already too thin

I'd like to settle at 150, probably a little less if I get into competitive cycling
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Gosh you fatties need to lose some weight! And you call yourself cyclists? Just kidding of course. Wow there are some stringbeans on here. I feel like this thread should be on one of those Pro-ana websites. Yeah I used to get lots of comments about how "terrible" I look and concerned inquiries about my health but I think people that know me have now mostly gotten used to it. Even my mom has eased up on the comments. I tried to tell them that once I started cycling and made some slight diet changes the pounds started melting away with very little effort. People have a hard time believing that though. Real food, fewer calories, and exercise equals weight loss. No one wants to hear that! If you really want to kick it up a notch throw in some core exercises once or twice a week and you'll lose an additional waist size or two. 43 years old, 5'9" and 138 lbs. (172 pre-cycling).
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Old 04-05-14, 03:20 PM
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6'2 and about 150 here....I like hills.
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I'm 5'10" and weigh 150lb and apparently, friends and family think that's skinny. I think it's pretty average though I'd like to lose some fat from the thighs and buttocks. My jersey is small but my bibs are medium. I'd like to be able to slim down enough to fit into small bibs. Something about one being small and the other being medium annoys me. It's just inconsistent...

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Originally Posted by therhodeo View Post
How do you pretend to be taking their concern seriously while at the same time being really proud that they have a reason to have that talk with you?

For the record I'm 6' tall and 160lbs.
A serious answer to your question: When you're at the doctor sometime, ask about your weight. Doctor says you're fine or you're ideal or whatever they say about people that match their height-weight chart. Then you tell anyone that says you're too skinny, "My doctor says I'm at the ideal weight" or whatever is appropriate.
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"My doctor says I'm at the ideal weight" or whatever is appropriate.
Even when I tell her that, the wife still says I'm too skinny and would like to have a word with my doc, who is also a cyclist.
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I am a doctor. You are all too fat for this sport.

Except maybe Rasmussen, pictured in previous post.
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I've definitely got the cyclist look. 6'1" and somewhere around 145 lbs.
Off the bicycle I tend to be a little self conscious about not being a "bigger man", but on the bicycle i frikken fly, so whatcha gonna do...
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NO one, not ever, has ever called me too skinny. You just learn to live with it.
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NO one, not ever, has ever called me too skinny. You just learn to live with it.
That is sooo courageous.

Stay strong big guy!
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Originally Posted by RIRview View Post
I'm 6'02" and 160 lbs. All the women at work hate me because I'm one of those people who eat and eat and eat, and never gain an ounce.
That's the cyclist's revenge: eat like a horse and never gain weight.
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That's the cyclist's revenge: eat like a horse and never gain weight.
Yes. That's me. At work, we sometimes have lunch provided. My co-workers look at me like I am crazy for eating 5 or 6 portions of dessert.

What's wrong with scarfing down 6 brownies??
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Originally Posted by gc3 View Post
Oh joy! Another internet thread where I can make a bunch of spurious and meretricious claims about myself, and no one will ever know the difference!
Can't you get banned for using words like that?

Years ago I went from 210 to 160 (5'10"). I felt great. Everyone thought I had cancer.

Sadly, I'm back up to 210#. I'd love to lose the weight again, but I would get tired of being asked about chemotherapy and who I'm having an affair with.

I might do it anyway.
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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
Yes. That's me. At work, we sometimes have lunch provided. My co-workers look at me like I am crazy for eating 5 or 6 portions of dessert.

What's wrong with scarfing down 6 brownies??
I don't think there's anything better in the world than good brownies.
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