I Suppose I Should Probably Post Details on the Triathalon Before the Event Actually Occurs

06.19.2008 | 12:59 pm

Here’s a little secret you may have figured out about me by now: I am terrible at organizing events. Really, I mean it, with no hyperbole at all: I am awful at putting together parties.

And so, as you’d expect, every time somebody asks me about how planning and preparing for the "Triathalon" is coming, I change the subject as quickly as possible.

See, my problem is that I don’t understand what there is to prepare for. It’s just a ride with friends — more friends than usual, sure — followed by some sliding down the Sliding Rock, and then everyone comes over to my house for brats.

The only thing I have to plan for, as far as I can tell, is making sure there are plenty of brats. And since it’s no more difficult to make 50 brats than it is to make 5, I don’t see the problem.

When I tell people this, it sounds perfectly reasonable to me. But then the people I explain it to shake their head and slowly walk away.

There. I think I’ve lowered your expectations sufficiently. So now let’s get started with the details of where we’re going to meet, when, and what we’re going to do.

First, I Need To Know That You’re Coming
My greatest fear with the Triathalon is that many, many more people are going to show up than I expect. My second greatest fear is that many, many fewer people are going to show up than I expect. So, if you’re coming — even if we’re best friends in the world and there’s no way I don’t know that you’re coming, or even if you sent me an email a couple of months ago saying you’re coming — please send me an email with Triathalon as the subject line, and tell me how many people are coming in your crew.

A few of you have asked whether it’s OK if your kids come. Well, we have a really great swingset and a reasonably safe trampoline in the backyard, so sure. Bring the kids. But they remain your responsibility even when they’re at my house, OK?

Where and When
OK, first off, the easy part: When. We’re meeting June 21 (Summer Solstice!), 10:30 AM.

The "where" is not quite as simple. Have I mentioned before that my house is in a very small cul-de-sac? It is. And there’s not a bunch of parking available at my house. So you’re not going to park there.

Instead, you’re going to park here:

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That’s 890 N Main St, Alpine UT 84004. It’s a church, on the right side of the road.

What We’re Going to Do
And now, the order of festivities, according to the Very Rigorous Timeline which I am going to make up right this instant.

  • Before you arrive: Complete all necessary Triathalon Body Markings you may care to give yourself. For example, on one calf you may wish to give yourself a race number. I recommend choosing your favorite number as your race number. On the other calf you may wish to write your first name. This will make it very easy for us all to call each other by each other’s names, since all you’ll have to do to learn someone’s name is walk around behind that person and look at his or her calf. This is very inconspicuous.
  • 10:30: Arrive at church parking lot, ready to ride. Chances are the church will be locked, so don’t count on getting water or having a place to change. In other words, arrive ready to ride.
  • 10:35: We’ll separate into different riding groups, depending on how much riding you want to do. There will be four categories:
    • The "I Don’t Like Mountain Biking" Category: This group will ride on the road — with a short stretch of dirt road and gravel — straight to the sliding rock. Ride time should be about half an hour or less.
    • The "I’m Up For a Good Ride, But Let’s Not Be Ridiculous" Group: This group will ride up the South Hogg’s Hollow climb, then down the chute over to the sliding rock. The chute is technical and steep in parts, so don’t be a fool: walk it when you should. Ride time will be about an hour to 90 minutes.
    • The Extra Crispy Group: If you’re up for some extra climbing in order to do a really fun descent, this group will climb the South Hogg and then go up and down Jacob’s Ladder — a tricky and treacherous descent that I love very very much — before circling back round and coming down the chute and over to the sliding rock. Ride time should be about 90 minutes to 2 hours.
    • The Everything and a Bag of Chips Group: This group will also do the Hogg climb, followed by the Jacob’s Ladder climb / descent, but then it will go down Ghost Falls, climb back up Clark’s, then down the chute to the sliding rock. Ride time should be about 2 – 2.5 hours. I admit to wanting to be the person who leads this group.
  • 11 – Whenever: Sliding Rock! Dug’s wife and Rick Sunderlage’s wife (not his real wife) will be the judges. Their decisions are final and not subject to appeal. Dug has promised to demonstrate his famous head-first sliding rock technique, which I have never been brave enough to try.
  • After Sliding Rock: After you’ve had enough of the Sliding Rock (most people find that doing it two or three times is sufficient), you’ll ride your bike back down to the church parking lot, where you’ll change into something less wet and stinky. Then you’ll ride your bike over to my house. To get to my house, just head South on main street for .2 miles, turn left onto Pioneer Road, go on Pioneer Road for a couple blocks ’til it comes to a T at Grove, turn left, go a couple blocks, and then turn left into Quincy Court. My house is the second one on the right.
  • Brats: Really, the ride is just an excuse to get us all together and eat some brats.

More About Food
As you’ve no doubt noticed by now, I’m keeping this simple. That’s because it’s not really a sporting event. It’s a group ride with free food afterward, centered around a big fundraiser for the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

So, here’s what’s going to be on the menu:

  • Brats: Fish, the guy who made brats for everyone last year at Leadville, is going to be in charge of making the brats at the Triathalon. You people do not know how lucky you are.
  • Bread: Kenny’s bringing homemade bread to go with the brats. If you’re a vegetarian, you’ll still be happy you came, just because Kenny’s bread is so good.
  • Potato Salad: Just in case anyone wants to get salmonella poisoning.
  • Fruit / Vegetable Plate: Whatever’s cheap. I recently got a killer deal on a bunch of tomatoes, for example. Kind of a black market deal. Not sure why the price was so good.
  • Water: Alpine’s one of those places where you can drink right out of the tap. But I’ll also have bottled water on hand for you snobby types.
  • Diet Coke with Lime: Personally, I never drink anything else.

And that’s pretty much it.

Stuff to Bring
What should you bring? Well, not much, really. But you might like to have some of the following:

  • A campchair to sit on if you don’t like sitting on grass (though I personally plan to sit on the grass).
  • Something to drink if you don’t like water or Diet Coke with Lime. But no alcoholic beverages. The Fatty Household is an alcohol-free establishment (except for the beer I’m boiling the brats in).

There aren’t many, but I’m ferociously serious about the ones I’ve got:

  • Don’t make a mess: We’re all friends, right? Please don’t leave my backyard trashed when you go.
  • Be responsible. If you get hurt, it’s your fault and nobody else’s.
  • Take care of each other. If somebody else gets hurt, drop whatever you’re doing and help.
  • Keep it light. For a bunch of you, this is going to be either your first time meeting Susan or your first time seeing her in quite a while. Don’t make her answer how she’s doing a mazillion times, especially since we really don’t know right now. We’ll find out Monday. So don’t start talking about cancer treatment or the person you know who got over cancer by smelling limburger cheese thrice daily. I recommend talking to her about making jewelry, about the Lord of the Rings, and about anything that Joss Whedon has ever done. And about what a wonderful husband I must be. That’s a really good topic, too.

The Drawing
I’ll be giving a few things away while we’re eating brats, but the drawing for the Ibis Silk SL (and the other cool prizes) will happen Saturday at Midnight (MDT). You can continue buying tickets right until then. I will notify the winner via email, and once I’ve heard back, will announce the winner on my blog.

This is going to be fun.

I hope.


  1. Comment by Dobovedo | 06.19.2008 | 1:06 pm

    geez I wish I could make this. Have fun everybody!

  2. Comment by Leslie | 06.19.2008 | 1:13 pm

    This sounds so amazing–what a day (esp. the brats part)! I wish I could join you, but I’ll have to content myself with a full report after the event. Have fun, you lucky ducks who are going!!

  3. Comment by Nick | 06.19.2008 | 1:16 pm

    Sorry I won’t be able to make it mate – but I hope that Fish will do the Brats in Leadville this year.

  4. Comment by mark | 06.19.2008 | 1:27 pm

    Fatty, best wishes for the triathalon. I’d love to make it, but doesn’t look like it will happen. I will be entered into the raffle, though. That bike is just too sexy to not take a crack at it.

  5. Comment by FliesOnly | 06.19.2008 | 1:29 pm

    You’re just an amazing guy, Fatty…with an amazing family…and an amazing group of friends. Have a great time and maybe, with hope, my wife and I can join you for your second annual triathalon.

  6. Comment by DOM | 06.19.2008 | 1:43 pm

    Wish I could be there. I’ll have to throw some brats on the grill here, imagine I’m in Utah with everyone, and wait for the my e-mail regarding the Ibis. Enjoy!

  7. Comment by MAJ Mike | 06.19.2008 | 1:47 pm

    Wish I was there instead of here. In the interest of keeping conversation “light,” I offer an old standby:

    The Holy Roman Empire was neither Holy nor Roman. Discuss.

  8. Comment by SurlyCommuter | 06.19.2008 | 1:48 pm

    Awesomess Mr. Fatty. Sounds like a lock-tight plan. Who will be scoring the Brat eating?

  9. Comment by jt | 06.19.2008 | 2:03 pm

    I wish I could be there. I wear my ‘08fatcyclist jersey every day (I bike commute), and I’m entered in the raffle. I guess I’ll fire up the grill a cook the fam some brats in honor of the event. We’re thinking of you and Susan down here in the Valley of the Sun.

    Win Susan!


  10. Comment by UltraRob | 06.19.2008 | 2:04 pm

    I wish I could come! It sounds like so much fun. Since I’m not entering the raffle I won’t be waiting nervously to see if I get the bike. Just because I’m not entering the raffle doesn’t mean I’m not doing anything for the LAF. I’m just waiting to the end of the month to make the donation. Details why are at the top of my blog.

  11. Comment by BotchedExperiment | 06.19.2008 | 2:08 pm

    Anyone who wants to can park in Gary Brown’s lawn. Don’t bother asking him, just go ahead.

    Before I lay down 5 bucks for a chance to win a $5,000 bike, I’m going to need to inspect the goods. Will there be demo bikes available?

    I wonder if anyone has ever ridden a bike down the sliding rock…

    I told you, it wasn’t limberger cheese, it was Assos butt cream mixed with Tri-flow.

  12. Comment by Swedoz | 06.19.2008 | 2:13 pm

    Sounds fantastic, wish I could make it.

    By the way my long sought after fatty jerseys arrived 3 days ago (it’s a long way from USA to Sweden via post) causing me to appreciate the unusually dry conditions here and get my lazy arse out on my bike. Someone let down my rear tyre between rides, maybe they read you’re April Fools blog as there was no puncture at all, just an airless tube. I’m not sure if the Swedes get the pink jersey thing but I definetely feel like I’m riding faster in it!

    Have a great party (sorry triathalon), fingers crossed for the bike!

  13. Comment by Lori | 06.19.2008 | 2:25 pm

    I SOOOOOOOO wish I could be there!! Have an extra brat for me!

  14. Comment by chtrich | 06.19.2008 | 2:26 pm

    Someone please help when you find me lying on the trail hurting. A brat should revive me nicely.

  15. Comment by rich | 06.19.2008 | 2:30 pm

    For someone that isn’t any good at planning parties, this sounds like it’s going to be a blast! Wish I was there – have fun.

    Win Susan

  16. Comment by bikemike | 06.19.2008 | 2:30 pm

    for those of us who can’t be there (but really,really,really want to) , please (i know you will) post plenty-six pictures.
    for those of you showing up, pretend you’re at a movie with Dug,be nice, he knows the hulk personally.for Susan (freaking loved Firefly and Angel) and Elden, have a blast.

  17. Comment by Denise | 06.19.2008 | 2:47 pm

    I just know everyone is going to have a fantastic time and I sure do wish I were able to join in. I am hopeful that this won’t be a one time only event and that I will be able to make it out there next time. I will be living vicariously through each and every one of you lucky enough to be there. I can’t wait to see the pictures!! WIN SUSAN!!!!!!!!!!

  18. Comment by Robb | 06.19.2008 | 2:50 pm

    If only I could make it. Have fun everyone, I’ll be riding a 24hour race for Susan!!

  19. Comment by Rob Churchill | 06.19.2008 | 3:06 pm

    Have a great time Elden – I’d love to be there, but 4000miles is a little far to come, even to ride with a Bloggy-winning celebrity. Saturday morning I’ll go for a ride, think of you, keep my fingers crossed for the raffle and maybe even have a go at your ‘best cake in the world’ recipe (but not the beer-boiled brats, that’s too weird; you really eat your young?)

    I discovered your blog too late for the carbo-rocket limerick competition, but offer this as an ice-breaker for the 500-1000 strangers I estimate will be packed into your yard come Saturday:

    Said Brad, “When your blood sugar falls,
    this stuff I made’s better’n y’alls.
    You won’t need your bottle -
    to go full throttle,
    just spalm it onto your balls”.

    Win Susan!

  20. Comment by steve sax | 06.19.2008 | 3:08 pm

    Hey, Fatty

    Will not be in Utah for the Triathalon this weekend.
    Bummer, but true. Will try to get some photos of the
    local ride to be done more or less at the same time.
    Call it Triathalon Annex West. Or something.

    Sadly, not much chance of having killer brats, or
    Kenny’s bread. No water slide. No need to park at
    the church for our ride. But we will also have NO
    BEER! See, pretty much the same event you’re having.

  21. Comment by KanyonKris | 06.19.2008 | 3:17 pm

    Looking forward to it. I sent the RSVP. Hope to see many of you there.

    Minor direction correction:

    To get to my house, just head South on main street for .2 miles, turn LEFT onto Pioneer Road…

  22. Comment by Ann | 06.19.2008 | 3:25 pm

    I don’t bike but I do plan ‘events’ for a living – and you’ve done a superior job of this biking/gathering event. I live far, far away, but do you have a mosquito plan? (first question anyone asks about an outside party here).

  23. Comment by Weiland | 06.19.2008 | 3:27 pm

    I’ll be checking my mail at 12:01 MDT

  24. Comment by Canadian Roadie | 06.19.2008 | 3:32 pm

    Wow, wish I could be there, it sounds like a blast! I’ll be thinking of dry Utah weather while doing a 4500ft ascent over a mountain (on foot) in the snow. Of course I’ll be wearing my pink jersey (it’s kinda brown now – I fell in a mud pit the other day).


  25. Comment by fatty | 06.19.2008 | 3:33 pm

    kk – good correction — turn left onto pioneer road. fixed in the original now.

  26. Comment by dug | 06.19.2008 | 3:57 pm

    i plan on making a mess in your yard. but it will be secret, and you won’t know it was me.

  27. Comment by Mike from Melbourne | 06.19.2008 | 4:06 pm

    Have fun guys, I wish I could be there.

  28. Comment by Rufus | 06.19.2008 | 4:17 pm

    Wish we could join the fun! We’ll be in Leavenworth (the little Bavaria of Washington state) and will have a few brats in your honor.

    Win Susan!…and Firefly & LOTR rock.

  29. Comment by Lisa B | 06.19.2008 | 4:25 pm

    Ooo, wish I could be there, if not for the riding and brat-eating, but to talk jewelry-making (send her to Fusionbeads.com and search under “Inspiration” for some great designs!), Firefly vs. Serenity, and how our husbands compare to Aragorn vs. Legolas. ;-)

    Tho I must admit for a fond appreciation of Sam the hobbit, what with his love of the “second breakfast” …

  30. Comment by L'Hippo | 06.19.2008 | 4:36 pm

    What fun, and you’re a brave guy to boot. And, if you have a good CPA, he can figure out how to make this all tax-deductibe!

    Good luck, I hope I win something!

  31. Comment by aussie kev | 06.19.2008 | 4:46 pm

    how much bigger is a “mazillion” than “plenty-six” ???
    wish i could be there – have fun all of you


  32. Comment by 29er | 06.19.2008 | 5:15 pm

    Oh my heck! (She said….speaking “Utahn”) Was it your birthday yesterday?! I thought it was today. Anyway, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

  33. Comment by lisa | 06.19.2008 | 6:21 pm

    Oh wow, I wish I could come and tell Susan that Joss Whedon rocks!!! I miss Firefly and Veronica Mars. Why don’t we have shows like that anymore? Geeze. And LOTR! Oh wow! A kindred spirt!

    GO SUSAN! You rock MORE than LOTR, AND Joss Whedon!! LOTS more. :)

    (Oh and…the riding and the bread wouldn’t be bad either. (I’m a veg head.)) (And a geek.)

  34. Comment by judi | 06.19.2008 | 6:36 pm

    Wish I could go. You guys have a blast and raise lots of cash!

  35. Comment by leroy | 06.19.2008 | 7:29 pm

    Have a great time!

  36. Comment by dawn | 06.20.2008 | 12:19 am

    Bathrooms…have you got the TP supply under control. That is one thing of which you don’t want to run out.

  37. Comment by buckythedonkey | 06.20.2008 | 1:41 am

    All the best for tomorrow’s Triathalon! I’ll raise a non-brat infused beer to the lot of you. ;-)

  38. Comment by Born4Lycra | 06.20.2008 | 1:58 am

    To everybody that is going have a great time. To Sue and the kids best of luck with all these bikers at your place and I hope you all have fun also. To whoever wins the bike you b*****d you definitely have fun and don’t forget to thank all the right people. Take care everybody.

  39. Comment by Bluenoser | 06.20.2008 | 4:04 am

    Mazillion, hahahaha.

    Have fun.

  40. Comment by TigerMouth | 06.20.2008 | 5:32 am

    I wore my Pink Lemonade jersey with “Win Susan” on the Brewery to Brewery ride. 600+ bikers started at the Harpoon Brewery in Boston and rode to the Harpoon Brewery in Windsor, Vermont. The jerseys read, “I rode 147 miles for a Harpoon.” They also had grilled chicken and a band at the finish. What we really needed was a water slide and a brat.

  41. Comment by carolyn | 06.20.2008 | 5:38 am

    I wish I could be there to huddle in a corner with Susan and discuss Buffy at LENGTH because only the really true fans know how hard it was when Angel got his soul back right before Buffy had to serve him to the Hellmouth to save the world. Again.

  42. Comment by Susan (another one) | 06.20.2008 | 7:16 am

    I so want to do the water slide. Bit of a long trip for me though. You can make up for me missing it by rigging the bike drawing.

  43. Comment by Big Mike In Oz | 06.20.2008 | 7:37 am

    If I make it on the day, do I really have to do the sliding rock thing because I think my fingers will already be all wrinkly and pruned on account of my arrival being delayed a little bit while I swim across the Pacific Ocean to get there. With the price of fuel the way it is it was going to cost about $400 just to drive to the travel agent to book the airline tickets so swimming 12000 miles was the only viable option.

    Which all boils down to – Sorry I won’t be able to make it. Unless I get the powerball tonight in which case it’ll be lemmee-at-the-brats.

  44. Comment by Lowrydr | 06.20.2008 | 7:40 am

    Alas the distance is to great.
    To have no brat is my fate.
    Though I’ll take a shot at a bike.
    For which I’ll have to sit and wait.
    For a sweet new bike would be a greater Fate.

    Sounds like a sweet way to spend a Saturday.

    Win Susan Win

  45. Comment by NEIN | 06.20.2008 | 9:08 am

    Joss Whedon!! What a woman, you totally scored! I love the Buffy, but I LOVE the Firefly.

  46. Comment by MTB W | 06.20.2008 | 10:11 am

    Happy Belated B-Day, Fatty! Wishing you and your family all the best. WIN SUSAN!

    Sorry, can’t make it this weekend. I’m volunteering at the Fort Collins Cycling Festival. Everybody who’s attending – have a great time! Can’t wait to see the pics, particularly of the water slide (you may have to take some short videos, including one of dug sliding down head first).

  47. Comment by Clydesteve | 06.20.2008 | 10:15 am

    mmmmmmmmm salmonella! mmmmmm special tomatos!

    and brats on top of that! Man, I wish I could make it, but seriously the gas for over 1000 miles one week before my LiveSTRONG ride is just a killer.

    Tell Susan I really would have loved to talk about LOTR and Serenity. Really.


  48. Comment by Susan | 06.20.2008 | 10:17 am

    You will have fun. Don’t worry. So will everyone else. Sounds like great fun, even for someone that doesn’t hardly own a bike. (I used to like riding my bike. Really. Just not on mountains.) Enjoy the brats. Win Susan.

  49. Comment by Charlie | 06.20.2008 | 12:01 pm


    I’ll enjoy it vicariously when you report how it went.

    Can you figure out how to “fax” a brat?

  50. Comment by redemske | 06.20.2008 | 12:12 pm

    Wish I could be there. I sent money instead. So now you send me the bike(s), right?

  51. Comment by swtkaroline | 06.20.2008 | 12:16 pm

    So wish I could be there, but a 10 hour drive + $4/gallon gasoline ++ a currently unemployed me means I’ll be roughing it from home.

    Have a great time, and take lots of photos for those of us longing from afar!

  52. Comment by NW | 06.20.2008 | 2:58 pm

    I’d go if I could, but it’s too far! I am, however, entered to win that lovely Ibis bicycle. I’m picturing myself on the oh, “standard gloss clear (which shows the beautiful carbon weave).” Yep, that one will work.

  53. Comment by BamaJim | 06.20.2008 | 4:27 pm

    Won’t be able to make it either, but I’m in for the raffle. I may have to do a local version of the events… no sliding rock, but there is a rope swing over the river where I ride a lot. Hmmm….

    Best to Susan. (2:01 still on the watch)

  54. Comment by Don | 06.20.2008 | 10:00 pm

    Dang it! Belated happy birthday! I knew Id forget to mention that to you on Wednesday, Im sorry.

  55. Comment by Hamish A | 06.21.2008 | 6:04 am

    A (very) belated Happy Birthday Fatty!

    I’m bummed that I won’t be able to make the Triathalon this year as it sounds like an absolute blast but I’ll be up for the next one!

    In honor of your event (and a belated birthday thing for me) we’re having our own BBQ this afternoon and it’s currently very rainy here. Not to be defeated I’ve put up the gazebo / tent / awning thingy and will be wearing my new Fat Cyclist T shirt while I sacrifice perfectly good meat to the flames… Ummm… I mean BBQ to perfection… obviously…

    Have a great time, I’m keeping everything crossed for the raffle! :-)

  56. Comment by BotchedExperiment | 06.21.2008 | 7:39 am

    Rob Churchill, that was fantastic.

    Big Mike, once you get to the coast of the US, you’re still about 1000 miles away from us. You’d better swim with your bike, so you can ride over. Plus, remember that there’s no parking at Fatty’s.

  57. Comment by Don | 06.21.2008 | 9:12 am

    Hey… 11:09 in Cleveland… 9:09 in Utah. One hour and counting, eh, Fatty? Hope you guys have a blast today, so jealous I can’t be there. Fatty, please make sure to have a brat for me!

  58. Comment by Nina in Ohio | 06.21.2008 | 9:15 am

    As you can tell from my name, I’m a little too far away to make it but I wish all of you a fantastic day! Hope you all had a great time and, Susan, here’s a big hug from an Ohio friend. Hang tough sister.

  59. Comment by lowrydr | 06.21.2008 | 10:35 am

    Donation made, toes crossed. Happy late Birthday Fatty. Enjoy the day and not to many of them Brats, you know your watching your figure.

  60. Comment by sfcgijill | 06.21.2008 | 12:21 pm

    Happy birthday, Fatty, hope the Triathalon is a great one. Hugs to Susan.

  61. Comment by Don | 06.21.2008 | 1:24 pm

    When are we going to get to see picts?! Im anxious…
    Nina: Where in Ohio do you ride?

  62. Comment by tim | 06.21.2008 | 3:13 pm

    have a great day everyone.
    pics please fatty for us foreign types!
    Win SUSAN

  63. Comment by kentucky joe | 06.21.2008 | 5:26 pm

    best I could muster was a “pretzel dog” at the Cincy/N.Ky airport on my way home from Denver but once here, I did a nice 20 mile ride in honor of the “tri/brat” extravaganze and have already made my LAF donation so hope all had a great time, and I look forward to the full “event” report.

    WIN Susan

  64. Comment by MAJ Mike | 06.21.2008 | 7:42 pm

    Dying for details…

  65. Comment by chtrich | 06.21.2008 | 9:24 pm

    Triathalon was awesome. I’d guess about 40 people showed. Fatty was a great host. I’ll let him post the details.

  66. Comment by Bluenoser | 06.22.2008 | 11:08 am

    I had beans and sausages in honour of the event here in NS.

    No email on the bike yet so I imagine he is making sure he has my email address right.


  67. Comment by Nina in Ohio | 06.22.2008 | 11:40 am


    I’m also in the Cleveland area (Stow) but not a cyclist – just a former runner trying to get back into shape. Got turned on to Fatty’s site by Pioneer Woman and like Fatty’s writing and empathise with being the spouse of someone fighting cancer. Now…get out there and don’t let that hail, 90 mph winds, and lightning keep you off the road!! heh heh

  68. Comment by Big Mike In Oz | 06.22.2008 | 6:38 pm

    It’s a tri right? So I’ll make it a proper tri.

    I’ll ride the 10 miles to the beach.
    Swim 12000 miles from Queensland to California.
    Then run from CA to UT.

    It won’t take long to catch on. By 2012 this event will have replaced RAAM and Iditarod as the worlds premier endurance event. It will however take until 3107 for someone to break my race record.


    P.S. someone get my towel ready, I’m just crossing the continental shelf.

  69. Comment by Born4Lycra | 06.22.2008 | 8:52 pm

    Big Mike – don’t rush you are late.

  70. Comment by cheapie | 06.22.2008 | 9:12 pm

    if i haven’t gotten the email saying i won the ibis, is that a bad sign?

  71. Comment by Jeff | 06.22.2008 | 9:48 pm

    Where’s the post event details. I hope someone took plenty of pictures. I would have liked to have been there.

  72. Comment by Pinkbike | 06.22.2008 | 11:44 pm

    Hope the Big Event went well yesterday! Wish we could have been there. Tom did 100+ miles up Angeles Crest Highway, though. I did a boring ol’ work triathlon – computer, email, and phone calls.

    Susan, good luck tomorrow. Keep kicking butt.

    And love to all of you from Pasadena.

    Sue and Tom

  73. Comment by mike | 06.23.2008 | 4:02 am

    On a Josh Weedon note… As it is the 23rd June

    HAPPY BROWNCOATS DAY to all the brown coats out there.

    Happy birthday to Mr Weedon.

    If you have no idea what i’m chatting about look here

  74. Comment by Bjorn 4 Lycra | 06.23.2008 | 8:09 am

    OOh OOOh OOOOh got a strange email thought it might be Fatty about the bike but unless he is selling viagra on the side it’s not him. The silence is deafening congrats to whoever won it. Great to hear the day turned out good as well after all was there really any doubt?

  75. Comment by Clydesteve | 06.23.2008 | 10:04 am

    oooo, Mike, you are reallyu being nerdy referring to browncoats. I understood immediately, however.

    Looking forward to event write up and pictures.

    Fatty, if my email does not work, I could give you adifferent one.

  76. Comment by Duane | 06.23.2008 | 10:58 am

    Referring to Browncoats = Big Nerd.

    At least it wasn’t a Sunydale reference.

  77. Comment by MAJ Mike | 06.23.2008 | 11:08 am

    It sames strange that I have not heard from Fatty, as karma certainly would bring the Ibis to me…

  78. Comment by RockLobster | 06.23.2008 | 11:24 am

    Fatty, don’t feel bad about anouncing that I didn’t win the bike…if that’s the delay. I won a Cannondale Six13-3 about a month ago in another raffle, so I won’t take it that hard. Although, I would donate that bike in exchange for the good news that I won the Ibis….might generate more donations to LAF if you had a second raffle. Win, win situation, don’t you think? I’ll be waiting for your email. ;-)

  79. Comment by chtrich | 06.23.2008 | 11:42 am

    Here’s an update

    So all the ladies out there can stop hoping. Although the Gary Fisher Rig is still available I guess.

    Alas, no e-mail for me on either bike. :-(

  80. Comment by Barb | 06.24.2008 | 9:05 pm

    Last February while up on Bainbridge Island across from Seattle for a ride called the Chilly Hilly for several obvious reasons, we ran into Dan V of Seattle who won a bike from this blog in a LAF raffle (nice bike, by the way). Now you tell us that the next bike you raffle off is won by Matt, ALSO FROM SEATTLE!?! Coincidence? What’s wrong with Portland? It’s a fine city with many cyclists who would love to win bikes.


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