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You can still be tall and fast. Tj tolkenson is another example. I think he's closer to 200. Greg remaly being another, he's 6'5 190-195.
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Best answer yet. I am 6'2" and about 170 lbs. No way I'll ever go sub-18:30 5k, so there's not a chance in hell I'll pull out 5:30's in a tri.. But I'm not looking for an intermediate weight class so I can be competitive.
The only thing I like about age groups is it gives me certain people I see over and over and gives me something to shoot for. When I know there are a few people around my age/ability I have benchmarks. Beyond that, who cares? Tri is a sport against yourself for almost all of us. Those shooting for an overall win, good luck and nice job. I'll see you when I get around to finishing.
Helps make us fatties feel good about ourselves. We can come top ten rather than top 100 :-)
There was a guy at the Rotorua 1/2 IM a couple of years. (they thought he'd won the clydesdale division, but he'd inadvertantly cut the course). He gets up on stage. The RD knew he was single and asked him if he had any words for the ladies. His response was "I might be might not be a big man, but I've got 105kg to push it in with"
I'm sure there are some people that are still wiping tears from their eyes after hearing that live! That was a sound bite if ever I heard one!
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Yes cause no clydesdale has ever bought zipps before.... I love when people bring up this dumb idea that you should train instead of buy fast gear, you know you can wait for it.... DO BOTH! Don't bitch at the skinny guys because we took up a sport that fits our body type. Its not like I bitch that there should be a football league with skinny lineman so I can play center or someother ridiculous idea. But nooo its triathlon gotta win an award or ill cry.
Would people really not enter races if they did not have these categories?
To the women out there - Do you really sign up to race in a "heavier" category? Don't most of you lie about your weight /age anyway?
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I love the Clydesdale division for the really big guys. I think 200 lbs is a little bit light to qualify for clydesdale... maybe 250 is more appropriate... you know, the guys who are doing good just to finish. I like seeing those guys out there because doing tri's is making a difference in their lives. If they want a class to give them motivation to compete in, so be it!
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I completely agree. It takes more courage to do something that is a struggle than it does for something that is in comparison easy. These people are trying to better their lives. When they start a race their goal is to finish not to podium. They inspire me to do more to better my life not complain about their achievements.
But...throughout my late teens and into my mid 20's I had a sixpack that would make most triathletes jealous. I was playing highly competitive rugby at an international level and was running a 4:20 mile. All that at 5'11" and 215lbs.
When I hit 30 I was looking for a way to fight the bulge that so many former rugby plyers struggle with. I looked at triathlon as a possible sport, but was really intimidated by all of the super fast and super thin dudes I saw on TV. When I read about the clydesdale weight class I realized that this was a sport that was embracing anyone who wanted to get in shape and have fun.
I was over 260lbs when I decided that I would do my first Clydesdale tri. Two years ago I actualy dipped to 195 when I raced a 70.3. Today I am 220lbs and am training again after a long road back from some serious illness.
My life is better because of triathlon, and that never would have happened without the Clydesdale division. Having a clydesdale category draws people like me to the sport, and I don't think that is such a bad thing.
Oh yeah...I even finished on the podium once (well twice in the same race) 1st Clydesdale, 3rd AG. I got a little placque of me crossing the finish line at the end of the season, and still have it in a sock drawer somewhere.
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Mostly so people will have one more thing to whine and complain about on forums. It also gives people fodder to trash other people and propagate their misconceptions.
Having the category never has hurt me in any way. It did help me one time when I received a first place award in my age group when technically I finished second to someone racing Clydesdale.
The category gives more people the opportunity to compete within the race. It wasn’t created for the purpose of making overweight persons more comfortable with starting the sport, but it does serve that purpose and many of those who jump in that way have quickly lost their way into age group racing. There are those who have made Clydesdale racing more like a club or a fraternity than competitive racing. That is a difficult concept for ultra competitive people to grasp, but they do have a good time. I see all of these things as a good thing for the sport.