The Runner

12.23.2009 | 12:02 pm

When I was sixteen years old, I worked a summer for my uncle in Wilson, NC, mowing lawns — commercial and residential (one memory I will never ever be able to erase from my mind is the odor of one of my uncle’s clients: a pig rendering plant).

Toward the end of the summer, my uncle took me aside and gave me some advice. “Elden,” he said, “I have never in my life met someone who is as easy to read as you. Everyone always knows what you’re thinking, and what you’re feeling, before you ever say a word.”

He went on to tell me that I needed to learn to present a neutral expression, to be able to look interested when I’m not, to look happy when I’m angry.

I did not take his advice then, and I never really have since, either. Whether in person or when I write, it’s pretty obvious to most everyone how I’m doing.

And judging from the comments I’ve read the past couple days, it’s obvious to a lot of you that I’m seeing someone I’ve referred to as “The Runner.” Furthermore, it’s obvious that I’m pretty darned happy.

So let me introduce her to you a little less obliquely.


First off, The Runner definitely is a runner. She’s run several marathons (3:33 in her most recent one a couple months ago). She runs several times a week, and has for about ten years.

However, calling her “The Runner” because she runs is a horribly misleading nickname. See, she is also a cyclist — both road and mountain. She’s done Lotoja, a popular 200+-mile road race. And — much more importantly (in my mind) — she’s done the Leadville 100…five times. And she just sent in her application for number six.

Here she is, with the bike she’s planning on riding:


Guys, I’d like you to please stop checking her out for a moment, and look at the bike.

Superfly. Singlespeed. Yeah.

So: a hot chick that rides a 29″ singlespeed mountain bike, and loves the race I love.

Gee, what a surprise that I’m attracted to her.

Waitasec, what was I supposed to be talking about here? Oh right, her name. See, between the road biking, the mountain biking, the swimming — more on that in a second — the lifting, and the yoga, nicknaming someone “The Runner” seems kind of limiting. Almost as odd as calling someone “Fatty” just because he’s got a middle-aged gut, even though said Fatty is also a handsome, multiple-award-winning superstar internet cycle blogging megastar celebrity. With his own line of apparel, thank you very much.

OK, I’ve lost my train of thought again. Where was I? Right, her name. It’s Lisa.

But I think I’ll still mostly refer to her as The Runner. Since she calls me “Fatty” in real life. Which isn’t necessarily as flattering as you might think.


The Runner has been a Friend of Fatty since there was ever such a thing. Check it out, she’s got a first-edition Fat Cyclist jersey (only 250 of them in existence) and everything:


I gotta say, though, I like this picture better:


As you can see in this photo, she loves being photographed, repeatedly. She’s not irritated with me here at all.

The truth is, though, she’s been a good friend — both to Susan and me — for about fifteen years. Which means there’s been an — um, interesting — mix of oddness about being in a relationship with a woman who has always been just a good friend, combined with relief that you don’t have to worry about whether the person you’re seeing is actually who they seem to be.

I.e., I already know she’s a smart, funny, hardcore athlete with varied interests and a no-nonsense attitude. She knows I’m a goofy dork who gets fat each winter and never thinks about anything but bicycles.

Gee, I wonder who got the short end of the stick?

Day Job

The Runner is a nurse, working in the Pain Service team at a local hospital. You would think that would be an incredibly useful skill for me to leverage, but whenever I complain of achiness, she just tells me to take ibuprofen.

Seriously, I have to say that her being a nurse is one of the things I really, really like about Lisa. If the past five years has taught me anything about the medical world, it’s that nurses are its backbone, muscle and heart.

And I am perfectly willing to stand by and defend that mixed metaphor.


Of course, nobody is perfect. And The Runner’s problem is: she’s interested in triathlons. And not just any. She’s currently training, in fact, for the St. George Ironman this May.

Honestly, though, I’m excited for this event — much more excited for it than if I were going to do it myself. It will be fun to be able to sleep comfortably the night before a big race, and then cheer her on, offering useful and practical advice. Such as, “Keep your chin up!” and “Only 14 hours to go!”

Yeah, I know. You’re thinking, “What a lucky gal.”


Dating The Runner has broadened my horizons. Sort of. Mainly, as I desperately try to keep up, I’ve discovered that I really like trail running. Enough, in fact, that I have signed up to run a marathon with her in a few months.

Partly because the training gives me a way to spend more time with The Runner, and partly because I just cannot stand another winter of riding the rollers.

Merry Christmas

This will be my last long post until after the new year. I’m taking my family — along with The Runner and her family — to New York, where we are all going into full-on tourist mode. I plan to take photos and post short notes from time to time, but the truth is, I’ll be in vacation mode and may not post anything at all.

It’s been a helluva year — about as awful of one as I could imagine in some ways, but with some incredible high notes as well. Right now, I’m genuinely happy — I think it shows in this blog — and I owe a lot of that to The Runner.

Thanks for sticking with me through 2009. I hope you have a Merry Christmas (or a good whatever-you-celebrate), and a great start to 2010.


  1. Comment by scrod | 12.23.2009 | 12:10 pm

    Happy holidays and best wishes for the new year. Enjoy the time with your family, we will be here when you get back.

  2. Comment by Michael in TN | 12.23.2009 | 12:10 pm

    Good for you Fatty!
    Have fun in New York.
    Merry Christmas


  3. Comment by dug | 12.23.2009 | 12:15 pm

    does she ski?

  4. Comment by Canadian Roadie | 12.23.2009 | 12:18 pm

    Yes, you do wear your emotions on your sleeve. That’s okay though, that’s why we all come here. I’m happy that you have someone to share your passion with.
    Merry Christmas Fatty and family!! Enjoy your vacation, you and your kids deserve it.

  5. Comment by Jamie | 12.23.2009 | 12:18 pm

    Elden, it’s your cousin. I secretly stalk your blog. I’ll have to send this to my dad. Great work you’re doing!!

  6. Comment by Peter | 12.23.2009 | 12:19 pm

    And a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours.

    You’ve taken us all on an amazing journey. You’ve inspired thousands, probably hundreds of thousands of people this year. I’m glad you’ve found peace and happiness again.

    Just don’t go salmoning in the bike lanes while in NYC or BSNYC will post your photo with a ‘nonplussed’ look.

  7. Comment by Dan O | 12.23.2009 | 12:21 pm

    Merry Christmas Fatty.

    Life is good


  8. Comment by VA Biker | 12.23.2009 | 12:22 pm

    Elden, you’re living life and taking care or your family. That’s great.

    Have fun in NYC. Sounds like it will be a big Nelson family reunion. Good luck not putting on 10lbs there this time of year! Bakeries. Delis. Sweets shops. (Insert Homeresque drooling here – that’d be of the Simpson variety.)

  9. Comment by Todd | 12.23.2009 | 12:23 pm

    One final compromise: sunglasses under helmet straps.

    I think I can overlook that one though.

    In all seriousness, I’m glad to see you’re doing well Fatty! Have a great time in New York, and Merry Christmas!

  10. Comment by Darren | 12.23.2009 | 12:26 pm

    First of all, i couldn’t believe that when I got done reading your post, that there wasn’t any comments yet.But alas, when I got to the comment screen 5 people had beaten me to the punch. Merry Christmas to you and yours. It is great to share in your exploits. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t come to your site to share a laugh with you. You see, I secretly think that you actually read all these comments, and as you are writing your post you keep giggling the whole time. Sometimes the laughter breaks into more of a belly laugh or sometimes an outright laughing hysterically, wiping back the tears kind of laugh. Thanks again for your blog. This year has had its ups and downs for all of us. You ( We ) lost Susan. And I lost my dad. Wishing you all the best.

  11. Comment by bikemike | 12.23.2009 | 12:28 pm

    from a good ol’ southern boy…Merry Christmas ya’ll.

  12. Comment by Kirk Phillips | 12.23.2009 | 12:36 pm

    I’ve got family in Wilson, NC, as well (live in Columbus, OH). I hope you were at least able to exact revenge on the hogs at Parker’s bbq.

  13. Comment by pablo | 12.23.2009 | 12:41 pm

    did she ever get to kiss LA’s calves?

  14. Comment by Evan | 12.23.2009 | 12:42 pm

    Why is it the hot ones always seem to wind up with fat dorky uberbloggers? Life is not fair.

  15. Comment by bradtho | 12.23.2009 | 12:43 pm

    fantastic, I’m thrilled for you. Was thinking about you this weekend when mtn biking and realized that your mood had certainly lifted recently.

    one thing about running though, proper form is NOT to keep your chin up, but actually to tuck your chin in. and the appropriate helpful comment from the side of the road is either “your’e lookin’ good” (said whether its true or not) and/or “almost there” (which is pretty much never true but heard all day long).

  16. Comment by andy | 12.23.2009 | 12:45 pm

    Have fun in NY! If you need tips on where to go, what to do, what to eat, what to avoid, etc drop me a line. I just played a tour advisor for friends that recently came from south africa so I’ll be more than willing to help.

    Merry Christmas to everyone!


  17. Comment by Mehera | 12.23.2009 | 12:46 pm

    I couldn’t be happier for you Elden! What a year.

  18. Comment by Alyson Miller | 12.23.2009 | 12:47 pm

    Could you please NOT become a great runner straight away??!!! I need to feel your pain as you “learn” to run, as I am. Please Fatty, you have to hate it sometimes…nobody really “likes” running. Plus I need your training plan for the marathon..and what marathon are we refering to? My plan is one in 2010, but as I cannot run a mile yet, without walking half of it, it may take a bit longer.:-) ~ not nearly as funny as yours!

    Am so glad you are happy!! You deserve it!
    Happy holidays to you & the Runner!

  19. Comment by schmei | 12.23.2009 | 12:48 pm

    Good for both of you!

    Merry Christmas, Fatty Family, Runner Family, and all your friends and loved ones.

  20. Comment by Anna | 12.23.2009 | 12:48 pm

    I guess I missed my chance at Fatty. Awwwwww.

  21. Comment by Josh Bowie | 12.23.2009 | 12:49 pm

    Speaking of the limited edition black and orange jersey. When are you going to bring it back? I definitely prefer it to the new white Jersey!


  22. Comment by GJ Jackie | 12.23.2009 | 12:51 pm

    Congrats to you and Lisa. My husband and I met on a mountain bike ride. Riding together has provided a solid and substantial base for us to weather all the ups and downs. We know if we can get out for a ride, everything will be okay. You are lucky to find a rider who rocks as hard as you do. I’m so happy for you! A very merry Christmas, indeed.

  23. Comment by Leslie | 12.23.2009 | 12:52 pm

    Good for you! This news makes me so happy.

  24. Comment by Wes | 12.23.2009 | 12:53 pm

    She shoulda picked an Ironman that is all downhill. Merry Christmas, Fatty, fam, and The Runner!

  25. Comment by Susie | 12.23.2009 | 12:57 pm

    Merry Christmas to you and yours, Elden!

  26. Comment by justrun | 12.23.2009 | 12:58 pm

    As a runner, a reader, and a human being I am SO happy to read all of this. Enjoy your time in NYC with your families! Merry Christmas!

  27. Comment by cyclingeurope | 12.23.2009 | 12:59 pm

    There’s almost no one who I can think of that I would be happier for! You deserve it, you both are incredibly lucky to have found each other.
    Merry Christmas!

  28. Comment by Kim | 12.23.2009 | 12:59 pm

    Your post made my day Fatty. Thanks for the lift and Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  29. Comment by AndyC | 12.23.2009 | 1:01 pm

    Happy Holidays to you and yours. I’m happy that you are happy!

  30. Comment by Lowrydr | 12.23.2009 | 1:02 pm

    Happy Holidays to the Fatty clan, Runner clan and FoF clan. May all your presents be sport oriented. Or at least Chocolate!! That was one of the Wisemen’s presents wasn’t it.

  31. Comment by Deb Mc | 12.23.2009 | 1:04 pm

    Happy Holidays to you, Fatty, and the world-wide Fatty family!

  32. Comment by Jon | 12.23.2009 | 1:04 pm

    Happiness is, like life, a journey. I hope we all find our little bit of it.

    Merry Christmas!

  33. Comment by Joel P. | 12.23.2009 | 1:10 pm

    I am very happy for you Fatty. You deserve much joy and happiness. Happy holidays to you and yours, The Runner and especially to my Team Fatty family. May every one have a prosperous and healthy 2010. Enjoy your vacation to New York. Are you just going to the city or are you going to vistit other parts of my home state?

    Joel P.

  34. Comment by Steve Costanzo | 12.23.2009 | 1:17 pm

    I am happy for you Fatty. Despite the fact that there should be some lingering questions about The Runner’s sanity in hooking up with you, I am happy for her as well. In all sincerity, Elden, if similar avocations matter at all, you do make a great couple!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, to Lisa, and to your families. 2010 promises to be an exciting year!

    Deadlast Costanzo

  35. Comment by duane | 12.23.2009 | 1:18 pm

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
    I am very happy for you.
    You have helped more people than you will ever know.

  36. Comment by tcr dave | 12.23.2009 | 1:18 pm

    Thank you, Good job in Tuscon, Merry Christmas, and congratulations.

  37. Comment by pa.-chuck | 12.23.2009 | 1:19 pm

    Merry Christmas fatty

  38. Comment by Orbea Girl | 12.23.2009 | 1:24 pm

    Wishing you, Lisa and both your families every happiness and success in 2010, and beyond. And that goes for all your readers too!

  39. Comment by The Runner | 12.23.2009 | 1:26 pm

    I love you Fatty!

  40. Comment by Ant | 12.23.2009 | 1:26 pm

    Fatty, congratulations. I’m very, very glad you’re happy. Have a great Xmas with the family, enjoy the Big Smoke, and I look forward to reading your ramblings in 2010.

  41. Comment by Peter | 12.23.2009 | 1:29 pm

    All the very best to you and yours for Christmas and the New Year :-)

    ps has Lisa got a sister?

  42. Comment by Daniel | 12.23.2009 | 1:29 pm

    This is fantastic news. Merry Christmas to Fatty, Runner, and their families! Have fun in New York!

  43. Comment by Alister | 12.23.2009 | 1:38 pm

    Good luck to you both! Merry Christmas, and I hope the New Year brings health and happiness to the Nelson and other FoF clans.
    Though it appears some of your Christmas came early!

  44. Comment by T Foster | 12.23.2009 | 1:40 pm

    Merry Christmas and here’s to a great 2010 Fatty. You should be very proud of all you have done this year in the face of adversity. Props to you.

    I should be surprised at the news but someone hit my very humble random topic blog site yesterday by Googling “Elden Nelson is dating”

    When you have a handful of blog visitors, strange Google hits stick out…

  45. Comment by Big Shorty | 12.23.2009 | 1:40 pm

    Fatty, The Runner & Families.

    First…Happy Festivus…the celebration for the rest of us. I hope the airing of grievences is short and the feats of strength great!

    Second, Merry Chistmas & Happy New Year….have a good one in the Big Apple. Teach the kids “I’m waaakin’ heeere!” and use it as needed.

    See you in 2010 and can’t wait to be part of Team Fatty kicking more *ss!!!


  46. Comment by KanyonKris | 12.23.2009 | 1:40 pm

    Lisa, welcome!

    Have fun in NY – don’t let the Snob run over you.

  47. Comment by NYCCarlos | 12.23.2009 | 1:45 pm

    DUDE. e-mail me if you need any directions or anything. I’m not gonna be in the city (I’ll be with my family too!) so I can’t play real tourguide, but I can definitely hook you up with great bakeries, restaurants, instructions on how to spit on the street properly, a comprehensive how-to on riding the subway, and maybe even some spots that won’t make you look like a tourist :). If you bring your GPS, there’s also some neat GeoCaches around the city that I’ve just found out about… sounds like something you and the fam would enjoy – both nerdy and outdoorsy!

    Have fun in this ridiculous city… if you only do 1 thing while you’re here, eat a cupcake from CRUMBS. holy. crap. Try one with peanut butter icing. you’ll love it.

    Carlos – carlosgperea AT gmail DOT com

  48. Comment by Claire | 12.23.2009 | 1:49 pm

    I am very happy for you you both, I hope 2010 brings you all much happiness and adventure.

    Ps. Todd – sunglasses have to go under the helmet straps when you are a triathlete, otherwise when you rip your helmet off in the bike to run transition your glasses go flying and you have to run a marathon with the sun in your eyes. Glasses under the straps…they stay on and you are all set.

  49. Comment by KC | 12.23.2009 | 1:55 pm

    This is awesome news!
    Reading your blog today gave me a big smile.

    Merry Christmas, Fatty & Lisa!


  50. Comment by Cyclin' Missy | 12.23.2009 | 1:58 pm

    I was starting to wonder if The Runner was more than a friend. She’s adorable and I have huge respect for all the athletic drive she’s got. Congrats, Fatty! I’m so glad you’re with someone that makes you happy.

    Also – good luck training for the marathon! Awesome!

    Happy Holidays and have a safe, fun time in New York!

  51. Comment by Jenni | 12.23.2009 | 2:01 pm

    If you want a tour guide, send me an email, I’m happy to show you guys around, I’m 20 mins from NYC.

    Or if you need anything at all, don’t hesitate to ask, I’ll be home all week.

  52. Comment by Jenni | 12.23.2009 | 2:02 pm

    Awh, the Runner posted “I love you Fatty” up there.

    I like you already. (:O)

  53. Comment by bobbie | 12.23.2009 | 2:12 pm

    Damn, I missed my chance at’cha!!!

    I read your post with a big smile plastered on my face… Hi, Lisa ~ nice to meet you!I really had to laugh when Fatty said you told him to take Ibuprofen; I tell my hubby “It’ll go away”
    I hope you all have a wonderful time in the big city ~ are you meeting up with the BSNYC?
    Wishing you all the best ~~~
    bobbie R.N.

  54. Comment by MrsTeamPhillips | 12.23.2009 | 2:13 pm

    I knew it! When you said she went with you to Tuscon, I just knew you guys had a little something goin’ on. That is fantastic, we here at Team Phillips are thrilled for you. Merry Christmas!

  55. Comment by Mountain Goat | 12.23.2009 | 2:16 pm

    What an incredibly emotional year it must have been for you. So many lows and highs. Glad to see that it’s ending on a high.
    Happy Christmas Fatty Runner :)

  56. Comment by Dave | 12.23.2009 | 2:17 pm

    Merry Christmas to you and yours, Fatty. Seeing you happy puts a smile on my face.

  57. Comment by Bill Martin | 12.23.2009 | 2:20 pm

    I believe Lisa should “guest write” the next blog post with any … um … comments/clarifications. It is just that as I was reading this post I felt nervous. Last time I wrote about someone … wasn’t pretty. Happy Holidays fat runner …o/o

  58. Comment by Powerful Pete | 12.23.2009 | 2:24 pm

    Again, merry Christmas. I am really happy for you.

    But… a runner? And she does triathlons?

    Mamma mia. Isn’t there a rule about that sort of thing on this forum?


  59. Comment by jilrubia | 12.23.2009 | 2:26 pm

    What fabulous news! Merry, Merry Christmas, Fatty and all.

  60. Comment by Carl | 12.23.2009 | 2:30 pm

    Merry Christmas Fatty, Lisa, their families and all of Team Fatty. Team Fatty kicked ass in ‘09.

  61. Comment by Den | 12.23.2009 | 2:36 pm

    I’m happy for you Elden. I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and safe travels.

    Just remember, those of us that own one of those 250 original jerseys believed in you BEFORE you became “a handsome, multiple-award-winning superstar internet cycle blogging megastar celebrity.”

    We are the coolest of the cool! ;)

  62. Comment by Mike from Melbourne | 12.23.2009 | 2:51 pm

    How did you know I was checking LIsa out ?

    Merry Christmas to you all, I hope you have a great time and all the best for 2010 !

    Merry Christmas to all the other followers of Fatty too. Have a great time !

  63. Comment by Jim Tolar | 12.23.2009 | 2:54 pm

    Congrats Fatty. You and your family deserve nothing less. You the man. And, she’s hott!

  64. Comment by Simpl-e | 12.23.2009 | 3:04 pm

    Good on ya!! I think you’ll find the trail runnin’ will do wonders for your bikin’ in addition to the whole “life is good” mind set it brings when you’re on a great trail overlooking something scenic and you realize you’ve got what it takes to get back to the truck 10 miles away.

  65. Comment by Trapperdan | 12.23.2009 | 3:08 pm


    The next time Eldon gets a boo boo tell him to rub some dirt on it. Most likely he already did when he was getting it but it works for the kids on my ballteam (most of the time).

    Merry Christmas to you all!


  66. Comment by sandy | 12.23.2009 | 3:23 pm

    Happy for you Fatty. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! PS. Wear your warm stuff, New Yorks cccooooold!

  67. Comment by Charlie | 12.23.2009 | 3:24 pm

    Three words for you:
    Carengie Deli Cheesecake…

    Have fun!

    Best wishes for the holidaze.. Charlie

  68. Comment by Mestre | 12.23.2009 | 3:25 pm

    Fatty’s got a girlfriend, the old fox!

  69. Comment by Rich Wielgosz | 12.23.2009 | 3:31 pm


  70. Comment by ChinookPass | 12.23.2009 | 3:32 pm

    Fatty, don’t come crying to your blog when all that running increases your bone density, weight goes up and cycling performance suffers and then you realize you did all that for a girl.

    Enjoy the break folks.

  71. Comment by bubba seadog | 12.23.2009 | 3:34 pm

    way to go fatman you should not be alone,lost my mate two years ago so i know what loneliness is good luck with the relationship dont do anything to spoil it like let your great big ego get in the way you deserve to be happy youve helped countless thousands not just thru contests but also just giving a lift by sharing your mosly lighthearted stories that some of us can relate to. happy holidays to you and the kids and the runner!

  72. Comment by Ozierider | 12.23.2009 | 3:38 pm

    Fatty, so good to hear you are happy!

    However, a warning- take it like a man when she (inevitably) get a better bike than you….. I recently saved my pennies for a very nice custom colnago sent from Italy. I swear my partner is secretly planning to infuse lead into the tubes as I sleep since it weighs less than 6kg (Im a 50kg female roadie). Also, when she smashes you up the burgs’ on said dream machine, sandbagging is the only option (my partners preferred repartee goes something like ‘I think Im coming down with something’, OR ‘yeah, but I did do 200km yesterday, plus race’ OR ‘Im just really dehydrated and my knee is playing up’….you know, the usuals.

    Hope your trip is filled with much awesomeness, laughs, swollen bellies and lost of time spent being merry. Best.

  73. Comment by MVSC | 12.23.2009 | 3:46 pm

    We’re still FLS’ing and now we’ve got to SwimBikeRun Like Lisa? I’m tired just thinking about it! Awesome introduction and sweet end to the speculation. Looking forward to more Fatty escapades and exploits in the New Year.

    And Happy Hols to all here in the whistle-stop of Fattyville!

  74. Comment by rokrider | 12.23.2009 | 3:49 pm

    Introducing your new “special someone” to your family during the holidays is tough enough. But introducing her to your enormous, world-wide, internet blog family? Man! Now THAT’S pressure.

    Happy Holidays to all in Fattydom.

  75. Comment by Saso | 12.23.2009 | 4:07 pm

    Merry Christmas and have a great 2010!

  76. Comment by Magni | 12.23.2009 | 4:16 pm

    We don’t know each other but if you’ve found another person to make you happy then congratulations!! (or you and “The Runner”.

    Everyone deserves to be happy.

    You your your break.

  77. Comment by Shiny Flu | 12.23.2009 | 4:43 pm

    The Runner, you’ve officially got a few million more friends that you’ve never met.

    Great to hear the new Fatty, wishing you an extreme (because you Rock ‘n Roll that way) Christmas and fun with the family!

  78. Comment by UNCLE LES | 12.23.2009 | 5:05 pm

    Thanks for remembering me. I think you have turned our exceptionally well. When I grow up I want to be just like you. I would be the true Fat Cyclist. I do not think I could ever write as well as you and certainly do not understand computers a well as you do. I know you have made your Mom and Dad proud of you. I know I am. I Love you.

    Uncle Les.

  79. Comment by JJBean | 12.23.2009 | 5:07 pm

    I’m perhaps not as easy to read, but I bet if I had to spend more than 2 minutes at a pig rendering plant, you could read me like a cheap novel.

    Giddy for you, enjoy NY, and thanks for a magical year.

  80. Comment by Scott in MN | 12.23.2009 | 5:10 pm

    Merry Christmas, Fatty and Families. I am so happy that things are going well. Here’s to a much brighter and happier 2010.

  81. Comment by eandjmum | 12.23.2009 | 5:16 pm

    Thanks for sharing The Runner and your family with us all. What an amazing year Fatty… look forward to sharing 2010 with you. Enjoy your break. You deserve it.

  82. Comment by Lisa (Not The Runner) | 12.23.2009 | 5:17 pm

    Dear Fatty and Lisa,

    Congratulations doesn’t even begin to express my happiness for both of you and your families.

    And, when I count my blessings this time of year, gratitude does not even begin to express my heartfelt thanks for all that you have done for me as a reader this year Fatty, from the tears of joy, laughter and sadness as you shared your journey to how much I’ve learned about grace, dignity, generosity and the value of authenticity in our world.

    Most especially I am grateful for the opportunity to participate in the Team Fatty good works that got you to camp and helped people across the globe. It was one of the highlights of my year to watch your year end on such a high note.

    Wishing you all the best this Christmas and in the new year.

    P.S. Have you started working on the screenplay yet? You could take it to Hollywood with you when you go to the ToC!

    Thanks, also, to all the commenters, too. It’s always fun to read the comments.

  83. Comment by Toby | 12.23.2009 | 5:39 pm

    Happy Holidays and congrats to finding someone who likes you anyway!! :-)

  84. Comment by kentucky joe | 12.23.2009 | 5:41 pm

    Happy Holidays to the Fatty Nation from the Bluegrass of Kentucky!

  85. Comment by Torch | 12.23.2009 | 5:53 pm

    Fatty and Runner sitting in a tree… R U N N I N G!!!
    Good news, Bud.

  86. Comment by Teri | 12.23.2009 | 5:56 pm

    Great….now Lisa can guest blog and tell us all about the “real” Fatty because he’s so, ummmm, non-transparent?

    In all seriousness, I’m just tickled for all of you….happy happy joy joy!


  87. Comment by Stan | 12.23.2009 | 5:56 pm

    Glad to hear about this. You need to have some nice to balance out the awful in your life. And she’s hot, too. Nothing not to like there, except maybe the triathlon bit. After all, the concept of triathlon is heresy to may purist cyclists…

  88. Comment by geckonia | 12.23.2009 | 6:14 pm

    That bike is an awesome seduction tactic… Good job, Lisa!

  89. Comment by Mike P | 12.23.2009 | 6:22 pm

    Running?!? *gasp* How dare you! If you even start swimming… and then start doing those 2 things along with cycling… I will just be beside myself with despair.

    Have a happy holiday season, and good luck in NYC. I hear the weather is lovely there this time of year.

    All kidding aside, happy holidays & an even happier new year.

  90. Comment by Jesse | 12.23.2009 | 6:41 pm

    So happy for you Fatty – wishing peace on you and yours this holiday season.

  91. Comment by Philly Jen | 12.23.2009 | 7:11 pm

    Thank you, Lisa, for agreeing to let Elden “out” you. It’s a very generous gift to all the Fatty readership for this holiday season, and a tiding of comfort and joy.

    P.S. If you guys are in NYC for New Year’s Eve, come join me (and a cast of thousands) for the Midnight Run in Central Park. Should be awesome! I’ll be the one in the hoodie made of tinsel…

  92. Comment by MrDaveyGie | 12.23.2009 | 7:13 pm

    “Guys, I’d like you to please stop checking her out for a moment, and look at the bike”

    Umm what bike? There’s a bike in that picture, oh yeah there it is.

  93. Comment by Marlys | 12.23.2009 | 7:16 pm

    Happy Holidays Fatty! So happy for you that you have found another special person to share life with. Have a great trip with your family. You deserve it.


  94. Comment by misterbuba | 12.23.2009 | 7:19 pm

    Bless you Fatty. And your family and the Runner and her family.
    Be well, enjoy the season and live, love and laugh.

    Allez Fatty! Allez!

  95. Comment by John | 12.23.2009 | 7:22 pm

    Elden, it’s great to see you so happy, and yes, it was obvious.

    Merry Christmas to you, Lisa and your families.

  96. Comment by Bobbo | 12.23.2009 | 7:28 pm

    Thank you for all that you do and all that you share. Merry Christmas to you and your family and Best Wishes for the New Year

  97. Comment by Leah | 12.23.2009 | 8:08 pm

    So happy for you! Enjoy your holidays and your NYC visit. Sounds fun! Thanks for always being such an inspiration.

  98. Comment by Connie | 12.23.2009 | 8:46 pm

    Good for you honey. You and the kids deserve it.

  99. Comment by mcdicdoc | 12.23.2009 | 9:19 pm

    Couldn’t be happier for you, man. Take care of each other. Enjoy some well deserved time off.

  100. Comment by Dr. Lammler | 12.23.2009 | 9:19 pm

    How could any woman resist a Stanley Tucci look-a-like?

    Merry Christmas to you, your family, Lisa, and to your many fans/friends/readers of this multi-year multi-award winning blog.

  101. Comment by Beth | 12.23.2009 | 9:48 pm

    tee hee….I knew it ;) mazel tov Fatty…have a wonderful time in NYC…..I took my kids there one Christmas and they still talk about it… is about creating memories and moments…may your new year be full of both

  102. Comment by Frankenhip | 12.23.2009 | 10:06 pm

    Dear Fatty,
    We don’t know each other and I am a new reader. But, I wanted to wish you and your family a Happy Holidays in NY (Christmas in NYC is the best! I spent 13 years there) and thank you for inspiring me to get back on my bike.

  103. Comment by ricky | 12.23.2009 | 10:30 pm

    I can already hear the arguing: We’re running today. No, we ran yesterday, that’s why we’re riding today. We’re in the dirt today. No, we’re on the road. That’s it! Make your own protein shake. OK, wait, let’s do both today. Oh honey, you’re the best. No, you’re the best…

  104. Comment by pcomeau | 12.23.2009 | 10:36 pm

    Hmmm… to be brutally honest. I have a relative who was the child in similar situation (mother died due to breast cancer, father, very soon, dated and remarried). So… just make sure the kids are cool with it. (I’m sure you are, but the relative had a different situation.)

    Otherwise… good luck and hope the new year is a positive one!


  105. Comment by Bryce | 12.23.2009 | 10:53 pm

    Fat ‘tri-cyclist??? Is that what we are left to suppose while you are off, galavanting around NYC, leaving us hanging???

    Seriously: Wow! Congrats to you and your family. Hope you have the most amazing Christmas season ever and a fantastic beginning to 2010!

    Hope you and the ‘brady-bunch’ create amazing memories in NYC and beyond. :)

  106. Comment by Sugared Harpy | 12.23.2009 | 11:01 pm


    (Now, Lisa, email me for the good website for dating a widower. I just married a former widower…sorry, Elden, there be landmines to navigate sometimes even though we adore you guys. Also, don’t give her any landmines to navigate, remember, this woman is number one now.)

    But yay for happiness!!! It’s really awesome.

  107. Comment by Sasha | 12.23.2009 | 11:23 pm

    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to Fatty, The Runner, and the kids!

    I have to apologize, but I’m secretly hoping that The Runner/Swimmer/Biker will start her own blog and give you some competition. :) Plus, since I’m a girl, I’d love to hear some training tips from a lady. No offense, Fatty!

    Thank you for sharing when you most certainly didn’t have to share your private life. :)

    Can’t wait for Fatty & the Runner adventures in 2010. By the way, marathoning isn’t that hard – not as hard as some would think. I’ve come to biking from a jogging background (never fast enough to be a runner) and ran a few marathons and 1/2 marathons. Biking fits like running never did. I LOVE biking and rarely have bad days on the bike. Take care!

  108. Comment by Rie | 12.23.2009 | 11:29 pm

    So happy for you, Fatty!
    Merry Christmas, and may your New Year be full of blessings!

  109. Comment by mtnboy | 12.24.2009 | 12:23 am

    Hey Fatty and Lisa

    Congrats! Enjoy NYC! Many thanks for bringing a lot of laughter, and now a whole bunch of love! Have a blessed and peacefull Christmas and happy happy new year.

    Christ’s blessings on you and greetings and salutations from South Africa!

  110. Comment by Born 4Lycra | 12.24.2009 | 12:36 am

    Howdy Lisa nice to meet you.
    Have a great trip and Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year to you.
    Same goes for everybody else in Fatty’s world.

    Only 250 of the original FC tops and mine is signed by Fatty – it just goes up and up in value.

  111. Comment by Niall @ Brisvegas | 12.24.2009 | 1:22 am

    The Runner has great looking quads!

    Have a great Christmas with your families (both of you) and enjoy life.

  112. Comment by Gunther | 12.24.2009 | 3:11 am

    That is soo good news! All the best wishes from Frankfurt/Germany to you, Lisa, your families and all Friends of Fatty!! Enjoy the time off in N.Y., it was an extraordinary year… Looking forward to 2010 with you all, Gunther

  113. Comment by col | 12.24.2009 | 3:41 am

    She is HOT,well done dude, for a middle aged guy called ‘Fatty’….. a true fole model. Yipphee!

  114. Comment by vito | 12.24.2009 | 5:06 am

    Wow! That truly is a nice bike:) She’s a looker that’s for sure.

    Very happy for you “Fatty”. Have a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

  115. Comment by Mike Roadie | 12.24.2009 | 7:27 am

    Congratulations and Happy Holidays!

    Enjoy the trip and just having time away.

    If you head down this way to warm up at all this winter, you know where to reach me.

    Happy Holidays to all……and thanks for all of the awesome support to Team Fatty in 2009!!!


    With Love,

  116. Comment by MikeL | 12.24.2009 | 7:32 am

    Well I am glad to see that the tone of most of the posts have been elevated, somewhat. The comments to the previous posting sounded liked a bunch of third graders, “Fatty’s got a girlfriend”. Just remember true love never dies but you strike me as the type who can make room for two.

    To Eldon, his kids, family, and friends, and everone out there have a good Christmas, Channukah, Kwanza, Winter Solstice, or other celebration you partake of. May the next year be a happier one. It sounds like it is off to a good start.

  117. Comment by Cardiac Kid | 12.24.2009 | 7:37 am

    2009 has without a doubt been a year the likes of which we have never seen. Glad to see that for most part we made it through OK.

    Merry Christmas to Fatty/Runner and Family as well as all the commenters and readers.

  118. Comment by Turt99 | 12.24.2009 | 7:50 am

    Merry Christmas Fatty! While your enjoying the holiday’s I hope you come up with an awesome challenge for us to start the new year!

  119. Comment by sharon | 12.24.2009 | 8:23 am

    yay for you, Fatty! You deserve all the happiness in the world! Enjoy your vacation, Merry Christmas

  120. Comment by CAGunslinger | 12.24.2009 | 9:08 am

    Merry Christmas Fatty. Best wishes to you and yours. Looking forward to reading about your adventures in 2010.

  121. Comment by Andrea S | 12.24.2009 | 9:10 am

    What an awesome blog! Thanks for that and thanks for everything!

    Happy Holidays!

    And I second Charlie’s three words: Carnegie Deli Cheesecake. :-)

  122. Comment by Slowtrain | 12.24.2009 | 9:28 am

    Have fun in my old stomping grounds… New York, New York—so nice, they named it twice! Don’t forget H&H Bagels and Zabar’s. It’s great to see you happy again. Thanks for all you do. Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all!

  123. Comment by Elizabeth | 12.24.2009 | 9:32 am

    Good for you! Love does conquer all. Cheers!

  124. Comment by Ady from the UK | 12.24.2009 | 9:42 am

    Woo-hoooo! Fatty’s got a gurrrlllfrienddd!!!
    That is just so awesome. Congratulations!!

    Have a wonderful Christmas and may 2010 bring you much love, laughter and joy. You surely deserve it. God bless.

  125. Comment by Kathleen Lisson | 12.24.2009 | 9:43 am

    Merry Christmas to Fatty and the Runner! I agree that being friends with a cyclist before dating him is essential. I really wouldn’t have believed that cyclists think of bicycle riding 24/7/365 if I hadn’t been friends with one first and seen the obsession.
    Good thing we runners can have the same obsession about running.

  126. Comment by Les | 12.24.2009 | 10:39 am

    Merry Christmas! And thank you for the blog.

  127. Comment by Jessica | 12.24.2009 | 10:43 am

    So glad to hear you are happy… and that you had someone special to enjoy that trip with. I have heard that men who date/remarry quickly after their wife passed actually had a great and wonderful relationship with their former wife… so much so that they want to capture that again. My dad did the same thing ;~) Wishing you, the runner and both of your families much happiness and love.

  128. Comment by Will | 12.24.2009 | 11:14 am

    Ha! I knew it.

    You two sound like a great match. Merry Christmas to you and your (expanding) family.

  129. Comment by Stacey | 12.24.2009 | 11:22 am

    Yay for Fatty and Lisa!
    You realize, don’t you, that now (more than before) you are constantly going to be followed and hounded by the paparazzi, your pictures plastered all over the mags, people all up in your grill all the time? Don’t let the fame go to your head…we would miss the ever-so-humble you :)
    Merry Christmas!

  130. Comment by Michael | 12.24.2009 | 11:34 am

    Run better than 3:30 in your marathon & I’ll donate $100.00 to Livestrong.

  131. Comment by Heidi | 12.24.2009 | 11:53 am

    Okay, it’s clear that Stanley Tucci will play the role of Fatty when the story hits the big screen; now then, who to play Lisa…?

    Truly, wishing the two of you and your families every happiness.

  132. Comment by skippy | 12.24.2009 | 11:57 am

    Reading the blog tonight was the icing on the cake. I had written in my Christmas message about people with holes to fill in their lives. See the only thing that frustrated me was that I tried to run the “Santa over Sydney video” without success.

    There are now two stars on the “fatty team”, a worldly triathletic nurse with her feet on the ground and a male cyclist whose feathers she will clip if ego raises its head. Nurse always knows best mate, get used to it!

    Lisa I am old enough to be your father so I am not in the queue building up judging from the comments on the Blog. You sound like the answer to any cyclists dreams. The list of achievements is impressive and I wonder if Fatty swims as if he is going to run he may just as well tri ath as well.

    Seeing the photo of you and the bike makes me wonder what was inside the parcel wrapping from the earlier blog.

    Happiness is like a journey of exploration, surprises around every corner. The two of you will make an interesting Blog team these next years and I look forward to your continuing success.

    All the best to you both and your offspring for the festive season and the New York holiday. I guess I need to read the New York Snob Blog for sightings whilst you are inactive. I guess twitter will also be keeping their eyes open for you.

    TO THE “FATTY TEAM all the best for the festive season . Come visit if you miss fatty!

  133. Comment by Lissee (formerly known as Bitter) | 12.24.2009 | 12:53 pm

    I own three of those original pink jerseys. … Is it bad that they’re still in their packaging? …

  134. Comment by Haven (KT) | 12.24.2009 | 1:28 pm

    Fatty and the Runner– sounds like a band, or a movie. Maybe a movie about a band. :)

    Seriously, though, it’s great news.

    Merry Christmas/happy Hanukkah/happy Kwanzaa/good Yule/whatever winter solstice-light returning-birth of sacrificial king-god holiday is celebrated… to everyone on Team Fatty!!!

  135. Comment by michwea | 12.24.2009 | 3:29 pm

    Merry Christmas, Elden. I wish you the very best for your new relationship–you deserve to find happiness.

    Catch you in 2010!

  136. Comment by Sara | 12.24.2009 | 5:49 pm

    Stanley Tucci and Tea Leoni, of course! Happy holidays, everyone.

  137. Comment by 100poundsago | 12.24.2009 | 6:09 pm

    This would explain why the Runner is going to be the recipient of what is obviously a very large coffee maker….it all makes sense now. Nice wrap job by the way, 100 times better than one of my present wrap jobs.

  138. Comment by Lloyd | 12.24.2009 | 6:29 pm

    Awesome!! We’re very happy for you both. Now you just need to practice hikng the Y mountain so you can really keep up with her!! ;)

  139. Comment by coffee | 12.24.2009 | 6:50 pm

    Call her Lisa if you please. “The Runner” well too impersonal.

  140. Comment by Brian | 12.24.2009 | 7:15 pm


    Being married to a nurse for over 20 yrs, I can tell you that the ibuprofen statement is par for the course. Congrats for the happiness. Have a safe trip.

  141. Comment by Heidi | 12.24.2009 | 8:02 pm

    Sara, you’re so right–Tea Leoni it is!

  142. Comment by Kathleen@ForgingAhead | 12.24.2009 | 10:18 pm

    Wonderful news – thanks for sharing with us. Lisa, so nice to meet you and I’m personally thrilled to have triathlon represented. Merry Christmas Fatty and family!

  143. Comment by Mike | 12.24.2009 | 11:19 pm

    Congratulations Fatty, you deserve your happiness! Have a great time in NY and Merry Christmas to you, your family & The Runner.

  144. Comment by Patty | 12.25.2009 | 12:05 am

    This is terrific news! Merry Christmas to you — from a longtime reader/sometime commenter

  145. Comment by mojorider | 12.25.2009 | 1:59 am

    that’s awesome. Somehow, I feel like we’re all in highschool again…

    I’m missing the big city this christmas. I’m sure you’ll get tons of advice. Check out Orsay on the Upper East side for a great NYC-french bistro experience. And for something completely unique, try Chinese Mirch on Lex/28 or the Indian Bread Company on Bleeker. Both are much cheaper than Orsay, and fun for a gang.

  146. Comment by buckythedonkey | 12.25.2009 | 6:36 am


    Merry Christmas everybody!

  147. Comment by Mark M | 12.25.2009 | 11:14 am

    Merry Christmas to you and your family! I was excited to open a gift this morning and see my very own Fat Cyclist jersey! Here’s to a great 2010.

  148. Comment by Bryce | 12.25.2009 | 12:01 pm

    Merry Christmas everybody! Happy Holidays! So delighted to open a DVD copy of the Leadville 100 2009 DVD and to see a ‘Fat Cyclist’ jersey third in line behind David Wiens! How cool is that?

    Allez Fatty! Yea Lisa! Yea NYC Christmas for the Fatty entourage.

    Here’s to an amazing 2010 for all!

  149. Comment by Jamieson | 12.25.2009 | 1:33 pm

    Merry Christmas to you Elden, your family and to Lisa and her family.

    It is too bad that I am in FL for the holiday – I had every hope to be there in NYC, a couple blocks from your sisters, work however had other plans.

    I hope that you get a couple minutes to meet BSNYC while you are there.

  150. Comment by Jouni | 12.25.2009 | 3:21 pm

    Loved the post, as usual…all the best to you and yours. BTW, my wife (aka “The Chief”), got me a 2010 FC Jersey.

    How lucky am I?

    Pretty freakin’ lucky!

  151. Comment by Betsy | 12.25.2009 | 4:01 pm

    Hey Fatty, congrats. So happy for your happiness.

    Also wanted to say thanks for your mixed metaphor about nurses. As a nurse, sometimes thanks and apprication are few and far between.

    Blessings to you, Lisa and your family this Christmas and in 2010.

  152. Comment by bikesgonewild | 12.25.2009 | 4:27 pm

    …fatty…you deserve grace & goodness in your life…

    …the radio shack camp was good…lisa is the grace…

  153. Comment by Barbara | 12.25.2009 | 4:55 pm

    Merry Christmas and a blessed and happy 2010 (and beyond!).

    Hah! Trail running! Let me know when you’re ready for the Dipsea….

  154. Comment by wvcycling | 12.25.2009 | 6:45 pm

    I wish I could fall in love fatty… :(

    Give me some tips!

  155. Comment by Keep Fighting | 12.26.2009 | 5:08 am

    Don’t forget Susan…fight like Susan. Her impact will never die.

  156. Comment by Dobovedo | 12.26.2009 | 8:21 am

    Talk about wearing emotions on sleeves! Way to go Fatty, bring tears to my eyes in the middle of a crowded post-Christmas cafe when I was hoping to impress the pretty waitress. Now she probably thinks I’m a freak!

    Lisa – good luck in your Ironman!!!! Fight like Susan and you’ll do great.

    Best wishes to you both. Wow… that’s just really cool.

  157. Comment by jobob | 12.26.2009 | 11:17 am

    Awesomeness abounds. Cheers, – jobob

  158. Comment by Rob | 12.26.2009 | 1:16 pm

    I’m happy for you. Belated Marry Christmas.

  159. Comment by Nic Grillo | 12.26.2009 | 2:44 pm

    Way to go Fatty! Congratulations. Enjoy your vacation! I’m looking forward to Fat Cyclist 2010!

  160. Comment by ~Kristi | 12.27.2009 | 3:05 am

    Your post brought tears to my eyes. You very much deserve to be happy. I know Susan is looking down and smiling also…… Enjoy.

  161. Comment by Chris Deacon | 12.27.2009 | 3:55 am

    All the best to you and yours
    From The Deacons (UK)

  162. Comment by bikecopVT | 12.27.2009 | 10:06 am

    Congrats and Happy Holidays. May your travels be safe and adventurous. See you next year.


  163. Comment by Dr Codfish | 12.27.2009 | 11:29 am

    More Famous Than You Think!

    I was sitting here in the office this morning listening to a story on NPR about charity and scams. The speaker mentioned this bicycle blog that raised over half a million dollars for cancer with an all volunteer effort while another charity raised money of which on only a penny on the dollar went to veterans.

    BTW; when is your story on “The Story” scheduled to air?

    Yr Pal, Dr C

  164. Comment by The Lone Roller | 12.27.2009 | 3:34 pm

    You retouched the photo since its original post.

  165. Comment by Stomper | 12.27.2009 | 4:47 pm

    Nice one Fatty…. best Christmas message yet!

    Karl aka Stomper

  166. Comment by gail | 12.28.2009 | 6:58 am

    Happy for your happiness, wishing you a peaceful and love-filled new year.

  167. Comment by Kristina | 12.28.2009 | 6:02 pm

    I’m happy for you Fatty! I hope she keeps you running 24/7! :) :)

  168. Comment by Louise | 12.29.2009 | 4:52 am

    First of Merry Christmas
    I’ve been following this blog for a few years now, mostly i laughed but there’s been some crying too.

    This was just a ‘lovely’ entry, I went awww inside and was so happy that you’ve got some more happiness in your life. Very deserved. Hope next year is all the highs with less of the lows, for every one reading.


  169. Comment by Chris | 12.29.2009 | 9:59 am

    I am a new follower of your blog, a cycling buddy told me I need to check it out.

    I must say I am impressed and inspired by your lifes story.

    Have a Happy New Year, enjoy yourself in NYC and you’re a lucky guy to have “the runner” in your life. Sounds like she’s the grounding rod for you and that’s great!

  170. Comment by pedalgeek | 12.29.2009 | 11:44 am

    Fatty, what can I say other than I’m very happy for you. I hope that you, your family, and Lisa have a great holidays. Looking forward to a positive 2010 for you.

  171. Comment by Chris | 12.29.2009 | 2:05 pm

    Rock on Lisa — good luck at the inaugrual Iroman race in St George! After previous digs at triathletes — I think it’s so poetic that Fatty is seeing a triathlete — not just any trithlete … but one that could probably kick his butt! :)

  172. Comment by Ian P | 12.29.2009 | 3:55 pm

    Have a great holiday…no-one deserves a break, and some happiness, more than you. Look forward to following you in the New Year.

  173. Comment by rangerdavid | 12.29.2009 | 8:17 pm

    Hope you have a great holiday! New York is a great place to be a tourist! I just found your blog and am enjoying it thoroughly. Thanks, and enjoy your vacation!

  174. Comment by Tusune | 12.29.2009 | 11:20 pm

    Hope you and your family have a blessed 1st holiday season. I am sure it will be bitter sweet without your lovely wife and their mother.
    Have fun in New York, you deserve a change of scenery and a little diversion.
    I am sure Lisa is a wonderful woman and was a good friend to you and Susan…..mourning is a tricky process to work thru…for all…you, your kids and Susan’s friends and family……tread lightly……..and carefully.
    Happy New Year

  175. Comment by Rica | 12.30.2009 | 9:36 am

    That’s all well and good, Fatty, but I don’t think you ever answered my question… Did she or didn’t she ever get to lick Lance’s calf?! ;)

  176. Comment by TonyS | 12.30.2009 | 10:54 am

    My trainer and SPD shoes come in today!!! Starting in a few hours, the Spinervals will flow freely. lol

    Couldn’t think of anywhere better to post it, so I’ll post it here… my goal for 2010 is a 6 hour century, and to lose my gut.

    The century will be the easy part… *sigh*

  177. Comment by Amy | 12.30.2009 | 11:51 am

    Thanks Fatty
    Gives those of us hope for the future – Just when we were getting settled into the marriage and buying a house that sore back of his – wasn’t just a sore back it was stage 4 prostate cancer at age 50 – I lost him last month. Too soon to even think about another relationship just need to focus on getting my life back on track after caregiving pretty much took all I had. There is no way that this next year can be worse then the last unless I loose more people that I love.

  178. Comment by K | 12.30.2009 | 12:34 pm

    Good for you Elden!

  179. Comment by Keenedge | 12.30.2009 | 12:38 pm

    I’m apparently computer challenged. Happy for you and the “Runner”.To a better 2010! Happy New Year!

  180. Comment by Windspirit | 12.30.2009 | 3:30 pm

    Good on ya dude!
    Have a safe and happy new year!!!

  181. Comment by Patte | 12.30.2009 | 4:14 pm

    Here’s to the happiest of all new years!

  182. Comment by Craig Clark | 12.30.2009 | 5:32 pm

    Congrats on the Chamois award from Bicycle Radio.

  183. Comment by Surlyrider | 12.30.2009 | 10:01 pm

    Yah you are easy to read, but so are the best of us. This is great news, although not a surprise. I hope you enjoy the East Coast and all of the happy times that are ahead.

  184. Comment by BikeLemming | 12.31.2009 | 9:41 am

    Congrats Fatty! I’m so happy for you!

  185. Comment by Sasha | 12.31.2009 | 12:03 pm

    It’s official. I’m going through FatCyclist blog withdrawals…I miss you Fatty! :) Happy New Year to you, your family, The Runner & her family!

  186. Comment by Karrie | 12.31.2009 | 9:42 pm

    I just found out about your blog and am amazed how many people love you- you are a very special and lucky person.
    I am a runner. turned triathlete dating a cyclist. He put up with me last year while I trained and competed in IMFL- be patient with her, its going to be tough for both of your!

  187. Comment by Born 4 Lycra | 01.1.2010 | 2:43 am

    Amy best of luck and best wishes for 2010. It will only get better from here. Love to you from OZ.

  188. Comment by Matthew | 01.1.2010 | 4:49 am

    Am very happy for both of you. I am an avid cyclist and runner and I wish that my SO would take an interest in either or both of these. Perhaps this will be the year that she will discover the thrill of endurance sports.

    Happy New Year, Fatty and Runner.

  189. Comment by JC | 01.1.2010 | 8:39 am

    1. Happy New Year
    2. You outpunted your coverage with The Runner.
    3. I have gotten told the same thing re: wearing my emotions on my sleeve. Never have fixed that. Never will. It is who I am. It is who you are. Good on you for not changing.

  190. Comment by Lord Adamantine Sedgepig | 01.1.2010 | 12:27 pm

    My dear fellow it really is none of my business.

  191. Comment by Virginia | 01.2.2010 | 7:54 pm

    Happy New Year! Hope you are having a great time in NYC!

  192. Comment by Bill | 01.4.2010 | 1:11 pm

    Careful. Trail running + Love of Leadville = 30 hours of pain instead of the usual 12.

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