That is a story worth telling, and I plan to, tomorrow.
Today, however, I want to talk about something that was waiting for us in St. George when we arrived (yes, I had the Twin Six guys overnight a couple of them to my hotel): our new Fat Cyclist Wool Trainers. Check it out:
Don’t think of this as a jersey. It’s a warm, soft, fairly thick, and incredibly comfortable sweater.
Here are a couple of detail images:
The logo is like an embroidered patch, chain-stitched on.
The “Win” text is stitched directly onto the trainer.
I love mine, and have basically been wearing it everywhere and all the time since I got it Friday night. Sure, that’s only two days, but I think the pattern will hold.
Also, I’m pretty sure it’s casual enough to wear when you ride to a coffee shop, though I’m not much of one for hanging out at coffee shops. If you get one and find yourself wearing it at a coffee shop, please let me know how that worked out.
It’s also formal enough to wear to the next showing of the Phantom of the Opera. Which I highly recommend (I highly recommend wearing the sweater I mean, not going to Phantom of the Opera).
Here’s The Runner and me, in a very full parking lot across the street from the Ironman marathon staging area, shortly after pre-running the course:
Check us out. I look just like Buddy Holly (and she’s Mary Tyler Moore).
By the way, I took a couple of photos of us, and found — to my amazement — that when combined they make an awesome animation of us dancing (presumably to “Buddy Holly”).
I call it “The Dance of the Disappearing and Reolocating Sunglasses.”
You know why we’re so happy in these photos? Well, I’d say we have different reasons. Such as:
- She now has a good understanding of both the riding and running course for the Ironman, and has very high confidence that she’ll be able to complete the race.
- She has been on a nice, relaxing, easy-distance (13 miles or so) run, which is an excellent warmup for the weight-lifting routine she’ll do later that afternoon, followed by 90 minutes of yoga.
- She is wearing an attractive and comfortable sweater.
- I am still alive, even though I’ve just run yet another half-marathon that has left me so exhausted that I must hang on to The Runner to remain upright.
- I am wearing a comfortable and attractive sweater.
- I am about to eat my weight in hamburger and french fries.
Not so different, really.
How to Get a Fat Cyclist Trainer
The Fat Cyclist Trainers are in stock and ready to ship now. They are sized so you should order them in the same size you’d order a Twin Six jersey. In the photo above, I’m wearing a Medium one; The Runner is wearing a Small.
You should know, however, that Twin Six ordered a very small number of these — around 100 or so (and I’ve already got two of them). And when they’re gone, they’re gone. So if you’d like one, you should probably order it now.
PS: For those of you who have last year’s Fat Cyclist Woolie pullover jersey (and for those of you who don’t, too), some comparisons might be helpful:
- The old Woolie was a pullover, the new Trainer is a full-zip.
- The old Woolie had 3 pockets in the back, the new trainer has no pockets at all.
- The old Woolie is a much thinner knit than the new Trainer. The Woolie felt like a nice long-sleeved jersey; the Trainer feels like a warm, comfortable lightweight sweater.
- You really should order the Trainer in the same size you order Twin Six jerseys. A Medium Twin Six jersey fits me snugly; a Medium Trainer fits me comfortably and loosely over a shirt.