Morning After

11.23.2007 | 9:00 am

I’m still on vacation, but wanted to talk about four items, briefly:

  1. How I feel after a day of doing nothing but cooking and eating.
  2. Why you might want to check out the Twin Six site today.
  3. The winners of the Ergon Get a Grip Contest.
  4. A gratuitous tease.

Let’s get started, shall we?

Post-Thanksgiving Self-Evaluation
The mashed potatoes, turkey, rolls, and banana cream parfait were all big successes. I ably demonstrated my superpower by eating thrice my body weight.

I then demonstrated my second superpower (for I have, in fact, many powers) by taking a nice little nap.

I then went back to my primary superpower by eating my fill again, even though I was — paradoxically, I guess — already full.

Today, my skin feels tighter and my clothes do too. My fingers are hard to bend. Has earth’s gravity increased overnight?

Black Friday Sale at Twin Six
The Twin Six guys are having a one-day sale today. Jerseys for $45. T-shirts for $12, Wool socks for $9.

Plus they’ve just posted a ton of new stuff (four new limited-edition jackets, eight more t-shirts, two new hats).

Check out today and get your Christmas shopping done (whether for someone else or for yourself) early. And without having to wait in a checkout line, for crying out loud.

The Winners of the Ergon “Get a Grip” One-Week Weight Loss Challenge
OK, this morning I finally got out my spreadsheet and did the necessary math, so I could announce the winners of the “Get a Grip” Weight Loss Challenge, with awesome prizes brought to you by Ergon.

Here’s who won, and how much weight they each lost:

Who Weight Lost (lbs)
Mike D. 10

Craig W.


Warran W.


Cycling Phun


Michael S.


Karl N.


Jason J.


Brandon H.


Rich R.


Altogether, the 44 of us who participated lost 144 pounds. Not a bad week!

Congratulations to the winners, who will be getting email from me with how to get their prize.

Gratuitous Tease
In three minutes, I am having a phone conversation with someone. At this moment, I cannot tell you who it is, or what it’s about. Probably, I never will. If I ever can, however, I will. And it would / will make your jaw drop.


  1. Comment by Big Tommy C | 11.23.2007 | 9:05 am

    NINE pounds?

    Unfortunately I think Craig W is now dead, so he won’t be able to enjoy the grips properly.

  2. Comment by Rob | 11.23.2007 | 9:08 am

    I just wanted to tell you that I was out running Wednesday morning (running is a necessity in the military) and I saw a cyclist go past me in a pink Fat Cyclist jersey. I have my own Fat Cyclist jersey, and I couldn’t help but smile as the support for Susan and your site grows.

    Now everybody needs to look at yesterday as carbo-loading, and get out there and ride today. :)

  3. Comment by Kris | 11.23.2007 | 9:08 am

    While you’re on the phone with him, tell Lance hi for me. We go way back.

  4. Comment by Bitter (formerly known as Lissee) | 11.23.2007 | 9:08 am

    You ARE A tease!!! Please! you must tell. By my calculations you’ve been on the phone for 7 minutes. How long does a call with a Very Important Person last?…… it Gary Fisher? Lance Armstrong? Botched? …oh, scratch that last one.

  5. Comment by Rio's Rider | 11.23.2007 | 9:15 am

    I’m soooo curious now about what the fourth item you wanted to discuss was.

    The day after thanksgiving is traditionally known as left-over day. Enjoy doing it all over again. So far today I’ve managed to down two pieces of pie…and that was just breakfast. I must repent by riding my bike for at least 1.5 hours in the frigid cold.

  6. Comment by walter | 11.23.2007 | 9:52 am

    Der Jan? Dr. Fuentes? Dick Pound? McQuaid? ;-)

    C’mon you *must* share — enquiring minds need to know!!

  7. Comment by monkeywebb | 11.23.2007 | 9:53 am

    Another family member has had dibs on making mashed potatoes for years, but I did get to make the banana parfait. I think in the long term results will be mixed. I am now a dessert hero, but I have completely thrown off the Thanksgiving food power balance.

  8. Comment by Boz | 11.23.2007 | 10:46 am

    I remember when Miles Standish broke out the banana parfait at the 1st Thanksgiving dinner. It was a hit, all the native Americans broke out in applause, dancing ensued, and it quickly became a tradion. Good times.

  9. Comment by nickc | 11.23.2007 | 11:00 am

    He was on the phone to me. I was out though, sorry Fatty, next time, eh?

  10. Comment by | 11.23.2007 | 11:46 am

    Yeah… I think I might have put a couple pounds on myself,… but I didn’t weigh myself in on purpose.
    Have to get over to the Twin 6 site and see what goodies they have… need pink jersey darn it!!
    OK, I’d like to thank the fans, my family, God, OH! and Sprocket Boy for his muesli recipe. (I’ll blog about that next week over at my blog. It’s really interesting how I managed to pull off the weight-loss that I did. I will say it did, in fact, have something to do with the SproketBoy Muesli).
    Finally, Fatty: Im waiting for the call. OH! Someone cool and important, never-mind then. Seriously though, I’m going to throw my guess in at… Gary Fisher. It’s the only person that seems to make sense. Or, after raising a bunch of impromptu money for LAF are you working on a LAF / Fatty based event?! Ohm that could be cool. I might have to make my way out to Utah for a serious Fatty based event! Whatever it is, best wishes on it, hope we do get to hear about it soon.
    Also, Hope you guys are doing well, and had a great Thanksgiving! Later for now.

  11. Comment by Miles Archer | 11.23.2007 | 12:17 pm

    So, You finally got Dick Pound’s phone number?

  12. Comment by Josh | 11.23.2007 | 12:20 pm

    Fatty asks: “Has earth’s gravity increased overnight?”

    No, no, the _air pressure_ has suddenly dropped, allowing the pressurized gasses inside of all of us to expand.

    That’s why I’m also so tired, despite having eaten enough kilocalories to launch a Saturn V into low earth orbit. There’s less _oxygen_.

    Stupid El Nino.

  13. Comment by Born 4 Lycra | 11.23.2007 | 1:14 pm

    Well I give up have not moved from my phone for hours. You can understand my initial excitement but after a little self reflection which is easy to do sitting and waiting for the phone to ring I realised I don’t think I would make your jaw drop.
    Congrats to the Ergon Winners – fanatastic efforts now make it sure it stays off. Sounds like FC’s third super power (the one involving ablutions on the morning after) may have also realised a nine pound weight loss.
    Have a good weekend everyone.

  14. Comment by Harp | 11.23.2007 | 1:30 pm

    Hope you and your family had a good thanksgiving. The competition for the wight loss challenge was great. Glad I made it by the skin of my teeth. Congrats to all the other winners. This was a good competion for a great cause. You’re teaser is a good one. Way to keep everyone guessing and telling everyone we may never even know who the phone call is with. I love it.

  15. Comment by Bluenoser | 11.23.2007 | 1:36 pm


    The cliffhanger… you must have been the writer for the original Batman series.


  16. Comment by | 11.23.2007 | 3:54 pm

    Yeah, not only have to keep it off… have about another 18-23 lbs. to go to ideal weight. Want to have that off by the melt in `08.

  17. Comment by Clydesteve | 11.23.2007 | 4:23 pm

    So Bicycling finally called, huh? Tell ‘em they are too late.

  18. Comment by Mark W | 11.23.2007 | 4:51 pm

    I just did a phonebook search and found this. This could be the real deal. Anybody dare to try?

  19. Comment by Big Boned | 11.23.2007 | 6:27 pm

    Dr. Lammer, I presume….

  20. Comment by leroy | 11.23.2007 | 7:30 pm

    Tell Lance to tell Ashley I said “hi.”

  21. Comment by leroy | 11.23.2007 | 7:34 pm

    Oh and glad to hear you all had a good Thanksgiving!

    I should have entered the weight loss contest, but I figured that if I won and put those grips on my road bike, I might wind up getting lampooned in a Bike Snob column.

    And I’m much too sensitive for that.

  22. Comment by BotchedExperiment | 11.23.2007 | 8:41 pm

    Is it Jimmy Hoffa or Elvis?

  23. Comment by Uphill Battle | 11.24.2007 | 5:53 am

    Fatty, I won’t sleep until I know. Please tell!

  24. Comment by Mike Roadie | 11.24.2007 | 6:14 am

    Tell Lance I said, “Ashley……..ewwww!”.

  25. Comment by Sprocketboy | 11.24.2007 | 7:21 am

    I am happy to read that cyclingphun used my fabulous Muesli recipe to lose weight. I just hope it wasn’t effective because after a few days of eating it he could not face food of any kind anymore…

  26. Comment by will | 11.24.2007 | 8:25 am

    My secret strategy. I am purposely gaining wait now so it will be easier to lose after my New Year’s Resolution to lose wait.

    thx for sale tip

    I Love My Fat Cyclist Pink Jersey>

    The only shirt I have ever received compliments on.

  27. Comment by will | 11.24.2007 | 2:25 pm

    oops and my other new year’s strategy is to learn to spell weight

    oh the phonetic web

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  29. Comment by DNAtsol | 11.25.2007 | 6:54 am

    Coming late to the show but better late than never :) Congrats to all the winners and fellow/fellowess (?) competitors. Personally, I’ve never won anything in a competition before. This is my first time.

    I’m 40 and never “win, placed or showed” in any competition.. how very sad. It might have to do that I’m not an externally competitive person and have not competed very much but I want to think FC inspired me and damn I wanted those grips! It came at the perfect time and I had a lot of fun doing it. Thanks FC.

    Had a great thanks-giving and put back on some of those lost but I’m still sub 200 which is a nice ceiling to avoid is possible.

    re the phonecall: there is the obvious gary fisher option but if it is not someone we would expect I going to say it’s a tour de france organizer who is going to negotiate naming either a stage after fatty and susan or set up a new MTB TdF. If you’re gonna dream, dream big :). Happy turkey day everyone. Best to you and yours

  30. Comment by eclecticdeb | 11.25.2007 | 11:13 am

    The contest is rigged to benefit men. Everyone knows that men lose weight faster than women. Basically all they have to do is not look at that second beer and they lose a pound. Darnit.

    Sheesh….10 lbs? That’s insane! Makes my womanly 3.2 (I think) lbs look like nothing. Congrats.

  31. Comment by Canadian Roadie | 11.25.2007 | 1:36 pm

    Don’t worry eclecticdeb, I only lost a 1lb. I know what you mean by those darn men! I think they lose weight by reverse osmosis?

    Have a great Thanksgiving weekend everyone!

  32. Comment by TIMK | 11.25.2007 | 2:11 pm

    I’d have to agree as a man that we do tend to lose (and gain) weight more sporadically. Depending on how each sex was represented in the contest I think it would have been fair to split by category.

  33. Comment by Born4Lycra | 11.25.2007 | 6:48 pm

    Eclecticdeb I bet the 3lb loss on you looks far better than the loss by the 7lbers and better who won prizes.

  34. Comment by buckythedonkey | 11.26.2007 | 2:08 am

    It was Oprah, right? She’s after your dieting secrets or your mashed potato recipe. Or both.

  35. Comment by SpikeBlue | 11.26.2007 | 4:54 am

    I think the phone call was Wonder Woman accepting her WADA presidency. I’m a little grumpy because I think Batman would have been tougher.

  36. Comment by cheapie | 11.26.2007 | 5:15 am

    what??? T6 had a black friday sale? crap. it’s probably a good thing i didn’t notice until saturday then. i think my wife would have shot me if the mail guy showed up with any more T6 shirts. i might be able to get away with a couple more jerseys though. hmmm…..

  37. Comment by KT | 11.26.2007 | 9:30 am

    Ah, yes, the Day After The Day When We All Ate Until We Exploded.

    AKA: Sit on the couch, read the funnies, watch the parades, watch all the movies on DirecTV, and for the love of Pete, STAY AWAY FROM THE MALL!!

    We did our Thanksgiving ride on Thanksgiving morning: 22 miles only, but I swear there was a 15-mph headwind for 20 of those miles. And it was a cold wind, from the East (straight outta the gorge) (which makes no sense, as we went in all sorts of directions). The wind made what should have been a 15mph average into a 11mph average for the ride.

    But we worked hard, darnit all to heck. We really earned that turkey (brined turkey, absolutley spectacular), tatos, sweet tatos, green bean casserole, corn suffle`, stuffing, wine, homemade bread, wine, wine, pie, wine, small food fight, wine. Lots of laughs, too.

    As for those guys (yes, I too noticed they were ALL MEN) who lost lots of weight in one week: I hate you. Not a lot, but still. You guys can eat anything, and still lose weight. Us femmes can’t do that. I took small, even reasonable-sized portions of Thanksgiving dinner dishes, and only ate until I was satisfied (read: not totally gut-busting full). My SOP (that’s sig other person) Scott ate two or three helpings of everything, filling his plate each time, and I swear he lost weight. Gr.

    It’s okay though, I pushed him out of bed to make coffee early on Friday morning while I slept in. :) Someone’s gotta make the coffee, you know. And feed the dog. And go outside and get the newspaper in the freezing cold brrrr. Just… not me.

    Yay T6!

  38. Comment by Fan of Susan | 11.26.2007 | 6:33 pm

    eclectic deb, canadian roadie, kt and the rest of the ladies – i hear you. i managed to lose three lbs. but since i’m married to one of the guys who won, there wasn’t much self-satisfaction in it! kudos to you studly winners tho’.

    think fatty will ever tell us about his secret caller?


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