Summer Reruns for a Few Days

07.16.2009 | 12:02 pm

Hey, I’ve reached some kind of threshold. Between fretting constantly over the pain Susan’s enduring (it’s worse than it has ever been before but I’m just not able to go into it right now), taking care of my family, some behind-the-scenes work for Team Fatty, and trying to get myself into decent enough shape that I won’t embarrass myself at Leadville, I am maxed out. Cooked. Fried. Toast.

Can toast be fried? How about if you batter it and then deep fat fry it? That sounds good.

Anyway, I’m going to take a short blog vacation. Starting tomorrow, I’ll be moving a few of my favorite older posts from my old Spaces archive, planning to do that ’til next Thursday. So unless you’ve been following this blog way longer than is healthy, it should still look like I’m writing new stuff.

When I come back, I intend to be tanned and rested. Sure, it’ll be a weird cyclist’s tan, but still.


  1. Comment by SkiMoab (Dave) | 07.16.2009 | 12:04 pm

    Do you still where your jersey by the pool?

  2. Comment by Kyle | 07.16.2009 | 12:05 pm

    break is quite deserved!

  3. Comment by SkiMoab (Dave) | 07.16.2009 | 12:06 pm


  4. Comment by Philly Jen | 07.16.2009 | 12:10 pm

    There are health implications for being a longtime reader of this blog?

    [frantically looks around to try to determine exactly where she is sprouting an extra limb]

    Meanwhile, take a much-deserved breather, Big Guy!


  5. Comment by GenghisKhan | 07.16.2009 | 12:18 pm

    Fatty said: “Can toast be fried? How about if you batter it and then deep fat fry it? That sounds good.”

    I’m pretty sure that’s called “French Toast”, but what do I know!

    Enjoy the break!


  6. Comment by Blackdog | 07.16.2009 | 12:21 pm

    I think if you batter and deep fry a toasted peanut butter sandwich that could be the best thing ever. Even better than a deep fried twinkie. Get some rest. Hope to see you on the trails.

  7. Comment by Kathleen@ForgingAhead | 07.16.2009 | 12:24 pm

    Take good care of yourself, Susan and your beautiful kids. We’ll be thinking good thoughts for all of you!

    I finally finished my LiveStrong San Jose ride report, for those of you exceedingly bored or curious about what the ride looked like from the way back.

  8. Comment by Bo | 07.16.2009 | 12:28 pm

    Rest up. Your deserve it.

  9. Comment by getinlost | 07.16.2009 | 12:37 pm

    Ham, cheese, bread deep fried side of raspberry preserves. MMMMMonte Cristo!


  10. Comment by mhb | 07.16.2009 | 12:39 pm

    I don’t know how you manage to do any one of those things, let alone ALL of them. Go get rest/sun/exercise/time with the family, in whatever order is best for you/them. Your faithful readers are going nowhere (some of them have already done 100 miles!).

  11. Comment by Mike | 07.16.2009 | 12:43 pm

    So, is September of 2005 until now considered long enough to be unhealthy? Wait, don’t answer that question.

  12. Comment by Vanilla | 07.16.2009 | 12:45 pm

    I recently took a blog vacation myself, except I don’t think anyone really noticed that I was gone. Enjoy it.

  13. Comment by Evil Cyclist | 07.16.2009 | 12:51 pm

    Miller: The life of a repo man is always intense.

  14. Comment by Wing-Nut | 07.16.2009 | 12:55 pm

    At the State Fair of Texas they actually have a contest for that kind of thing. This year’s winner was battered and deep-fried….bacon

  15. Comment by Dr. Lammler | 07.16.2009 | 1:09 pm

    No question there are health risks in following this blog.

    I used to be normal.

  16. Comment by Jaime O. | 07.16.2009 | 1:15 pm

    Have some fun with your new summer guest, and always wear a helmet.

  17. Comment by aussie kev | 07.16.2009 | 1:24 pm

    take as long as you want

    allez fatties

  18. Comment by Philly Jen | 07.16.2009 | 1:30 pm

    Team Fatty Philly: We just broke $100K!


  19. Comment by Mike Roadie | 07.16.2009 | 1:30 pm



  20. Comment by Angie G | 07.16.2009 | 1:33 pm

    Take a fatty breather. We will survive, although I can’t promise I won’t check my computer everyday just to make sure you were serious.

    Don’t listen to Kathleen, whe was not way in the back. She was amazing on Sunday. No matter how hard Bert tried she was like glue.

    WIN SUSAN!!!

  21. Comment by bikerchick | 07.16.2009 | 2:04 pm

    Rest. Recuperate. Refuel. Take care of YOU. Then, return. We will still be here. Be well, my bloggy bikey buddy.

  22. Comment by Kristy | 07.16.2009 | 2:13 pm

    A well deserved break. I haven’t commented for a long time but I wanted to say look for me next Thur in Annecy at the TdF time trials. I’ll be holding a WIN SUSAN sign!

  23. Comment by gregc | 07.16.2009 | 2:14 pm

    San Jose was a lot of fun (if you consider that I call fun riding long distances frantically trying to hang on the wheel of individuals much stronger than I, and then climbing the cliff they call Metcalf on my bike in 300 degree heat fun). Getting to meet many other team Fatty people was awesome. Maybe the best part is that riding San Jose has me stoked to go to Austin- all I can say is “Game On Team Spike the Wonder Dog!”

  24. Comment by TimE | 07.16.2009 | 2:26 pm

    Take care of yourself and be there for Susan (even if there’s nothing you can fix for her). Be there for the whole family, actually. We, your extended family, will muddle along until you get back.


    WIN Susan!

  25. Comment by Jamieson | 07.16.2009 | 2:54 pm

    Take a well deserved break from here, enjoy the quiet time at home with the family and with Susan.

    Philly Jen – Great news on the funds front!

  26. Comment by Sue W | 07.16.2009 | 2:58 pm

    Rest, relax, regroup. Focus on what is really important. You do so much for so many, and do it so well with such patience and perseverence. You, Susan, and your kids will be in my thoughts. By the way, I found you through PW, but have always loved cycling as well. Thanks for doing all that you do.

  27. Comment by tyler | 07.16.2009 | 3:07 pm


  28. Comment by theguth | 07.16.2009 | 3:35 pm

    Been thinking of you Fatty. You and Susan, God Bless.

  29. Comment by Banger | 07.16.2009 | 3:48 pm

    Sounds like your priorities are straight my friend. Do what you have to. If anyone faults you for it, I will personally take them for a ride.

  30. Comment by fremont mike | 07.16.2009 | 3:50 pm

    Ride well! Break the nine hour mark!!!

  31. Comment by rita | 07.16.2009 | 3:50 pm

    Take a break, pay yourself with some breathing room (read: ride, space out, play in the sprinkler, have silly fun, don’t answer to n o b u d d y but who y o u choose). We’ll still be sending light and prayers.


  32. Comment by Miles Archer | 07.16.2009 | 3:52 pm

    Go to it.

  33. Comment by bobbieh | 07.16.2009 | 5:13 pm

    Take good care of yourself, Fatty ~
    Hugs ~

  34. Comment by ann | 07.16.2009 | 5:13 pm

    Be here when you get back.

  35. Comment by Jan R. | 07.16.2009 | 5:19 pm

    Take a break.
    Make memories with your family and

  36. Comment by eandjmum | 07.16.2009 | 5:35 pm

    Mate… you deserve it… WIN SUSAN!!!! I’ll be looking out for you! Take care

  37. Comment by dieselmike | 07.16.2009 | 5:37 pm

    Take care of Susan and yourself.

  38. Comment by HUghes | 07.16.2009 | 5:41 pm

    Enjoy your break, you deserve it. Just so you know, even better than the fried thing you thought. try a battered, deep fried frozen snicker’s bar. Really good, but hellllooooo cholesterol!!

  39. Comment by Joby Oreta | 07.16.2009 | 6:34 pm

    French Toast -


    4 eggs
    1 teaspoon sugar, optional
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 cup milk
    10 to 12 slices white bread
    maple syrup or other syrup

    Break eggs into a wide, shallow bowl or pie plate; beat lightly with a fork. Stir in sugar, salt, and milk.
    Over medium-low heat, heat griddle or skillet coated with a thin layer of butter or margarine.

    Place the bread slices, one at a time, into the bowl or plate, letting slices soak up egg mixture for a few seconds, then carefully turn to coat the other side. Soak/coat only as many slices as you will be cooking at one time.

    Transfer bread slices to griddle or skillet, heating slowly until bottom is golden brown. Turn and brown the other side. Serve French toast hot with butter and syrup.

  40. Comment by Boomer | 07.16.2009 | 7:34 pm

    “Can toast be fried? How about if you batter it and then deep fat fry it? That sounds good.”

    In these here parts, we call that “Freedom Toast”.

    Hang in there! WIN!!!

  41. Comment by the inadvertent farmer | 07.16.2009 | 7:43 pm

    Enjoy your much deserved break! Kim

  42. Comment by Andrea | 07.16.2009 | 8:03 pm

    Enjoy your break Fatty!

  43. Comment by Jim B | 07.16.2009 | 8:36 pm

    Fatty, just say it. I’ve long suspected something was going on, and now I just can’t deny it. You are leaving us for a younger, more attractive bike.


  44. Comment by justrun | 07.16.2009 | 9:17 pm

    I love the old stuff! And I believe what you are right now, by your description, is French toast. :)

    Thinking and praying for you all.

  45. Comment by Born 4Lycra | 07.16.2009 | 9:46 pm

    Take it easy Fatty and WIN Susan.

    Can I also add how inspiring are the riders that have just finished San Jose and are now fired up to do Austin as well. Good on you people I’m proud to be associated with you even if it is very long distance. In truth I’m proud to be associated with all the members of Team Fatty and it’s supporters you are all wonderful people.

  46. Comment by Lisa | 07.16.2009 | 11:17 pm

    Best wishes to you and the family. You deserve a break.

  47. Comment by Vet Sculler | 07.17.2009 | 1:40 am

    Certainly we’ll all be here when you get back.

    In the meantime, 2nd in my series of ‘Where’s Fatty ?’

    Last night to see Stackridge (an old 70s band) at the Bush Hall in London.

  48. Comment by buckythedonkey | 07.17.2009 | 2:31 am

    Have a nice break, mate.

  49. Comment by Saso | 07.17.2009 | 5:20 am

    Enjoy your time off, we will be waiting.

  50. Comment by Rob L | 07.17.2009 | 5:34 am

    Admit it elden your running off and having an affair with that geared full suspension hussy!

    Have a good one!

  51. Comment by Jenni Laurita | 07.17.2009 | 6:02 am

    Take your time. We’ll be here.

  52. Comment by SDM | 07.17.2009 | 7:15 am

    Interesting back-to-back posts:

    – Got a new bike
    – I won’t be blogging for a while

    Any connection?

  53. Comment by Lowrydr | 07.17.2009 | 7:34 am

    You just go right out and chill with that new bouncy bike. Take time with Susan and the kids. Get some air for yourself. As others have said, “we’ll be here for you when you get back”

    Fight like Susan!!

  54. Comment by PennyPue | 07.17.2009 | 7:41 am

    I’ll have absolutely no idea that they aren’t new ones….even if you post them from last week. I have very poor memory that way. Great for watching movies.

    And I figure that we can all post comments and entertain the crap outta ourselves!

  55. Comment by Beth | 07.17.2009 | 9:14 am

    deep breaths…… at a time friend

  56. Comment by Undomestic | 07.17.2009 | 3:12 pm

    still praying for Susan and your family

  57. Comment by treknott | 07.18.2009 | 5:39 pm

    Take a well deserved break, take as long as you want, as much time as you need. We will be fine and be here still debating toast upon your return.

    As for deep fried toast I say the best French toast is really sauteed, not so much deep fried. Unless you’re talking about STUFFED French toast. Now that’s almost deep fried, even breaded.

    Can you bread toast?

    Grilled cheese sandwiches are those deep fried? No they are grilled. You can put deep fried stuff in toast like oyster po’boys. Now that’s some good fried stuff.

    Now back to Fatcyclist has anyone else been texting or emailing the chalkbott to have it print out “Win, Susan” on the sacred roads of TdF?

    Has the chalkbott done this for us yet? ;-)


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