Cheating in the Water

02.25.2010 | 8:36 am

201002250727.jpgNew Prize + Update on the “Help Fatty Help Kellene Help Dallas Get a Kidney” Fundraiser: In honor of a couple of comments posted by A Troll Who Wants to Know What Happened to This Blog, Philly Jen — fearless and awesome leader of Team Fatty Philly (join today!) — has added an additional prize to the fundraiser: The Troll House Cookies Bake Sale Prize. Yes, in addition to the three bikes I’ll be giving away, one additional lucky winner will be sent a large batch of “Troll House” chocolate chip cookies, made and shipped by Philly Jen herself.

Not everyone can ride a 54cm bike (or two, or three). But who doesn’t love a giant plateful of something homemade, sweet and delicious?

These special treats will even be walked under several bridges on their way to the post office for an extra dose of troll magic. The winner will also receive the ceremonial trophy pictured at right.

Also, as of this morning, we’ve raised $19,484.89 (the amount isn’t in a round $5.00 increment because Paypal takes a small cut of each donation). That is going to help a lot.

For more details on the prizes, click here. To donate and enter the contest, click the button below:

And remember, the contest ends Monday at midnight, so don’t delay entering!

And again, thank you.

Cheating in the Water

Last Friday, The Runner and I got something pretty awesome in the mail: Aqua Sphere Icon wetsuits, designed specifically for the swim portion of the Ironman (Full disclosure: I did not pay for these).

I had been wondering for a while whether a 2.4-mile swim was within my reach; trying out the wetsuits seemed like a good excuse to find out. So on Saturday we went to a local olympic-sized pool, grabbed a lane, and got swimming.

You know what these wetsuits are? They are swimming miracles. That’s what they are. Suddenly, my legs stay on top of the water, whether I’m kicking or not. Which means that suddenly, I’m cruising through the water faster, with less effort.

I swam 2.5 miles (that’s 40 laps — I did the last .1 mile to show the pool it hadn’t beaten me) without particular difficulty. Took about 85 minutes.

By putting on an outfit, I had gone from being a really bad, blunt-instrument-approach swimmer to being a pretty decent swimmer. With no change at all in my actual swimming ability.

In fact, thanks to this suit, I was able to slack off on my swimming technique even more. Just to see what would happen, I stopped kicking altogether for several laps, just letting my legs float there, having my arms do all the work. This would be a terrible idea without the suit. With the suit, I moved along just fine. In fact, I now plan to use my legs as little as possible during the swim part of the Ironman, seeing as how I’ll be using them quite a lot during the other two legs (ha!) of the race.

Meanwhile, The Runner, who has spent considerable time developing actual good swimming technique, did not get the same kind of benefit from the suit. Which is to say, these suits seem to really level the playing field. Which is great for people who are rotten swimmers — e.g., me — and not so great for people who have invested considerable time and effort in being good swimmers on their own merits.

The one thing both The Runner and I noticed about the wetsuits is how incredibly warm the insulation makes you. This, I’m expecting, will be my favorite thing about the suit when I begin swimming in the cold water of a reservoir on May 1.

In the heated indoor pool, however, the insulation left me feeling like I was swimming in a hot tub. Except larger. And with fewer bubble jets.

It was hot like riding in Arizona. But not a dry heat.

Here’s how I looked afterward:


No matter how often I look at this photo, I just can’t get over how darned sexy I look. Especially my wetsuit-compressed gut and my visible-through-the-wetsuit belly button indentation.

Fatty = Sassy.

The Problem with Wetsuits

Make no mistake: I am incredibly grateful for my wetsuit. Thanks to it, I have a prayer of finishing the swim portion of an Ironman alive and still able to turn over the cranks. Furthermore, this particular wetsuit is awesome. Wearing it, I can move my arms and legs as freely and comfortably as I do without anything at all on (no photo of that, for which you can be grateful).

But it feels kind of unfair to allow the use of these suits. While a wetsuit gives everyone who wears one an advantage over anyone who doesn’t, it seems to me that they give poor swimmers proportionally more help than they give excellent swimmers.

Now, since I’m a lousy swimmer, I’m OK with that. But then I consider: what if there were a set of bibshorts that somehow moderated gravity, making you weigh 145 pounds, no matter what your previous weight was. Further, those shorts force you into a nice aerodynamic riding position and assist your upstroke, so you have a better, smoother cadence.

Well, yeah, I’m pretty sure I’d want those shorts. But they wouldn’t help me as much as they’d help The Unholy Roleur. At least, not during the climbs.

As it turns out, an unearned advantage is most enjoyable when you’re the one who didn’t earn it.

But I’m still really glad I have this wetsuit.

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  1. Comment by Jeff | 02.25.2010 | 12:20 pm

    You’re making me want to take up triathlon again.

    Stop it!

    (Oh wait, I just checked the price on those wetsuits – suddenly the urge to tri, tri again has passed.)

  2. Comment by plum | 02.25.2010 | 12:33 pm

    Fatty, as I have no experience in these things…

    …how on earth do you peel that thing off in the context of competition?

  3. Comment by kingsbridgedr | 02.25.2010 | 12:43 pm

    Hey Fatty! When you start swimming in cold water, you should pre-warm the suit with hot/warm water before you jump in! Makes it all that much warmer! Oh yeah… Don’t arch your back while in the water as the cold water will rush in and make you want to warm your suit in a natural manner!!

    Happy swimming!

  4. Comment by Wes | 02.25.2010 | 12:48 pm

    Yes! You learned valuable lessons for sure. The wet suit will make you swim better and faster, and it does help people with poor technique more than those with good technique, but it really does make everybody faster. That’s why everybody uses them when its legal!

    Also, you should only kick with your legs enough to stay flat. A wet suit pretty much does that for you anyways, so kick as little as possible.

    BTW: swimming 2.4 miles in a pool with a wet suit on is just insane. I’m surprised you weren’t dried up and dissolved by the end of your 85 minutes.

  5. Comment by dug | 02.25.2010 | 12:56 pm

    i use my magic wetsuit for EVERYTHING. it even makes church go by faster.

  6. Comment by Jenni Laurita | 02.25.2010 | 1:01 pm

    That is quite possibly the scariest picture of a person I have ever ever seen. From the chin up. What emotion is that exactly?

  7. Comment by GenghisKhan | 02.25.2010 | 1:01 pm

    @Dug: for church, is that a two-piece or three-piece wet suit? Tie or collarless? Just curious…

  8. Comment by sam | 02.25.2010 | 1:05 pm

    If you get to wear a wetsuit during the swim, I should get to wear roller blades during the run! As you pointed out, it only seems fair…

    Really, that would solve the thing I’m most scared of in this Ironman. – FC

  9. Comment by Cyndy | 02.25.2010 | 1:09 pm

    Um, Fatty, hopefully this was just a typo in your post, but 40 laps in an Olympic-sized pool is only half the distance that you’ll need to go. One mile is 1600 meters and an Olympic-sized pool is 50m long, so 40 laps is only 2000 meters. 80 laps would be 2.5 miles.

  10. Comment by brian | 02.25.2010 | 1:20 pm

    A lap is 2 lengths so a lap would be 100 meters…

  11. Comment by Claire | 02.25.2010 | 1:23 pm

    Re: Laps

    As a former swimmer, we used the term “lap” as down and back (one lap). So if Fatty did 40 laps in a 50m pool, that is 40*100m = 4000m. Going only from one end to the other is not a lap, that is a length.

    Yep. I did 40 laps, not 40 lengths. – FC

  12. Comment by Ian | 02.25.2010 | 1:26 pm

    For $550 that wetsuit better move your arms and legs for you, then magically jump off of you in the transition, lift you up and put you on your bike and then give you a big push off. I’m pretty sure I could find someone to do all of those things for me for 500 bucks.

  13. Comment by bikemike | 02.25.2010 | 1:30 pm

    if i used the wetsuit, while riding a 25 mph jet ski, i’m sure i’d still drown.

  14. Comment by Jennifer | 02.25.2010 | 1:37 pm

    I agree with Wes. Swimming for 85 minutes in a pool (indoors, no less) with a wetsuit on is plumb crazy! You must have lost like 10 pounds in sweat. Now try working up to that without the suit, and you’ll be good to go. :)

    Yeah, I believe you’re correct on all counts. – FC

  15. Comment by Taylorstable | 02.25.2010 | 1:39 pm

    OK, now I’m upset. Not only do you get all the great mountain biking but you also have access to an indoor 50m pool. How do you think this makes us flatlanders feel who only have access to a 20 yard pool. At least tell me your taxes are high or traffic is unbearable or something to make me feel a little better.

  16. Comment by melicious | 02.25.2010 | 1:40 pm

    The Troll House Cookies Bake Sale Prize. Brilliant! Love it! And kudos to your killer swim, wow! To go from not really swimming any time recently to 2.5 miles is incredible and quite a feat.

  17. Comment by MattC | 02.25.2010 | 1:48 pm

    Fatty, when you go back to the pool, ditch the wetsuit and use pullbuoys…(little buoys you hold with your thighs)…they allow your feet to stay afloat but not do any kicking…much like the wetsuit. You can then do the vast majority of your workout w/ just arms…which should be very similar to your actual IM swim w/ wetsuit. And you won’t be the incredible raisin-man when you remove your portable oven…I mean wetsuit. And work on technique anyway…diligently. Before you develop any horrid technique and have it ingrained into you as HOW to swim. It’s like having a really good bike can have crappy components on it, but those can all be upgraded in the future, and it can one day be a sweet sweet bike…the frame is the basis for a good bike….much like good swimming technique. One day you might be just find yourself flat-out out cruising thru the water w/ NO wetsuit required. Crappy technique is just fighting the water/wasting energy.

    oh..and one more thing (not to burst your bubble..well, maybe just a little poke w/ a pin): having an awesome wetsuit makes you a better swimmer like having an awesome bike makes you an awesome biker. However, when everybody has the same awesome bike, it still comes down to the engine. You just rode a TEAM ISSUE Madone w/ Team RS. The swim will be just like that. You will know which swimmers are ‘THE swimmers’ cuz you won’t see them for very long). But hey…you’re doing it, which is more than I I will shut my pie-hole…good for you! You are DA MAN. (Da Raisin man).

  18. Comment by Kathleen@ForgingAhead | 02.25.2010 | 2:03 pm

    Wetsuits are the bomb! Glad you’re liking yours. It’s tricky to get the fit just right but it looks like yours is a keeper!

    Yay Philly Jen! Is it wrong to wish for the both the Trek and the cookies? Yes, I think that’s greedy – but oh well.

    Go FC community! Way to fundraise for Dallas!

  19. Comment by Sean | 02.25.2010 | 2:03 pm

    This blog has become a great tool for getting free equipment to support Fatty’s hobbies- which is OK by me because in turn he gives us something good to read. However, let’s call a free product review just that and stop disguising them as the humorous anecdotal (or otherwise) content that this blog was built on.

    No flaming intended- just an observation from a long-time reader.

    I’m struggling with the whole “talking about free stuff” thing in my blog, so I appreciate your POV, Sean. In this case, I didn’t really see this as a review, because I didn’t really point out anything about this wetsuit that separates it from any triathlete wetsuit. And since I don’t know anything at all about wetsuits — this is the only one I’ve ever owned — I can’t really do comparisons. So that was my thinking on why I didn’t call it a review; I didn’t really review it. I just talked about the oddness of having equipment that can so fundamentally and instantly change one’s capability within a sport. That’s new to me.

    When I get stuff that I can actually offer a reasonable opinion on, I think I’ll probably start the post title with REVIEW or something like that.

    Thanks again for your well-considered opinion. I love getting comments like this — i.e., different POV, without being nasty about it. – FC

  20. Comment by Al | 02.25.2010 | 2:10 pm

    I don’t think wetsuits should be permitted unless the water temp is below a certain point. That’s the way it was in the early 80’s. The swim isn’t a significant portion of the race to start with, so widespread use of wetsuits have effectively neutralized it.

  21. Comment by Big Mike In Oz | 02.25.2010 | 2:22 pm

    I only completed one half ironman as a teenager, and I certainly wasn’t dropped on my head enough times to ever consider a full length event. One thing I do remember though was that since the event was about the same distance from the equator as Florida, there was an absolute ban on wetsuits. A piece of Frank and beans lycra the size of a postage stamp was the only approved swimming garment.

  22. Comment by Azriel Abramovich | 02.25.2010 | 2:29 pm

    On a slightly unrelated issue – your running:
    I’ve found the best way for a cyclist to run on the flats! It will revolutionize your running and make The Runner envy not just your great quads but also your ability to use them while overtaking her, singing a Lady-GaGa song.

    It is simply called – cyclerun. I’ll explain:
    Being a rubbish cyclist, and even worse runner I kept struggling to keep up with my younger, fitter, not cyclist friends while running. Any distance from 4 to 13.1 miles.

    One day it happened – I was tired and couldn’t lift my legs. I knew that One-Pace-Bruce would again be running his 8 min/mile even though I said I want to go slow. I knew it because that is why we call him One-Pace-Bruce. So I’ve decided to increase cadence! YES!!!! I just did small (ridicouloouousouoly small) steps, but I think I was doing 90PMP. That is 90 paces per minute. I realized I was using the same ’stride’ that cycling does. I was using just my cycling muscles and not any bit of those uneeded running muscles.

    I smoked One Pace Bruce by going 7:20 min/mile for 5.5 miles. And:

    1. I was very tired when I started. And hungry
    2. I finished the run surprisingly refreshed. Heart still in my chest. As opposed to throat.
    3. I found I can unleash the cyclerun any time I want. Even at the end of a 7 mile run.
    4. One month from now I have a 1/2 marathon. I plan on PBing it!

    So when you go to do your Iron-Man (silly man!!!) you can smoke all those so-called professionals. Probably even The Runner.

    Ever your admirer,
    a.k.a The Snail (by his friends!!!)
    a.ka. The Bloody Foreigner (by his friends again!!!)

  23. Comment by GJ Jackie | 02.25.2010 | 2:34 pm

    Hey Fatty,
    As the owner of your blog, you don’t need to provide impartial consumer-reports product testing. I think your POV on all the free swag is funny and usually enlightening since I rarely own any of it. Like, I’ll never own a wetsuit for swimming, but your description makes for some funny reading. And the photo — priceless!

  24. Comment by NYCCarlos | 02.25.2010 | 2:43 pm

    So, this is a time sensitive comment:

    For you true clydes out there, the Cutter Tech Knickerbockers are on sale @ bonktown for $15. Only gonna last a few more minutes. check it out (

    Fatty’s Review:

  25. Comment by NYCCarlos | 02.25.2010 | 2:50 pm

    Forgot to mention why I said only for true clydes… they only have XL’s.

  26. Comment by UpNorth | 02.25.2010 | 2:51 pm

    Stop it. No seriously – stop wearing your wetsuit in the pool. It wasn’t designed for the chemicals. I know it was free, but maybe you’ll have to pay for the next one.

  27. Comment by TimRides | 02.25.2010 | 3:06 pm

    Troll House Cookies – Philly Jen, you are a genius! (or is that a Jenius?)

  28. Comment by Sasha | 02.25.2010 | 3:35 pm

    If I actually win something in the contest I want the cookies! Keep the bikes! Who cares about bikes! I want Philly Jen’s cookies! :) Chocolate chip = heaven

  29. Comment by Joel P. | 02.25.2010 | 3:37 pm

    Philly Jen, you’re the best. Looking forward to riding with you in Philly this summer. Fatty, Stop scaring me with your photos. I couldn’t sleep for days after the subway pic in NYC. Then the crop top bib photo, I had to seek counseling for the night mares. Now the wet suit pic. Are you trying to break me?
    Joel P.
    P.S. Thoughts and prayers and donation still forthcoming for Dallas and family.

  30. Comment by Jayson | 02.25.2010 | 3:58 pm

    Using your logic on the wetsuits, it has also been proven that an aero bike/helmet/wheels etc improves a non-pro more than they improve the pros. Should those also be banned?

    Wetsuits, for me, make the sport. I like the swim, but I’m horrible at it. And I don’t have the time or desire to improve drastically. The wetsuit lets me enjoy swimming — as much as that can be done :)

  31. Comment by Dr. Lammler | 02.25.2010 | 4:16 pm

    Troll House Cookies and anti-gravity bib shorts.


  32. Comment by Alyson | 02.25.2010 | 4:45 pm

    Philly Jen ~ You ROCK!!!! lol:-)
    I want the troll doll so I can write “troll surgeon” on its forehead and throw darts at it!!!:-):-)

    Fatty ~ am upset your wetsuit says “Iron man” instead of “Iron Fatty”??? I mean if they are going to send you free stuff, at least they can get your name right, right?!

    Kellene, Dallas & family ~ Hang in there. We are rooting for you!!

  33. Comment by Demonic1 | 02.25.2010 | 4:58 pm

    holy cow- I’m glad I have decent technique- those wetsuits cost a fortune.

    I bet it beats drowning though.

    I like to keep my swimming triathlon legs to 1/2 mile for just that reason.

  34. Comment by spiritualspokes | 02.25.2010 | 5:37 pm

    I’d like to point out that Superman really wasn’t super without the special suit and cape, and that Batman was usually just Bruce Wayne in a tux on Saturday night. Looks like the superhero styled logo on the front of your suit says I M, but for sure, you are inspiring the yet to be realized triathlete in many of us to start thinking I Can!

  35. Comment by Brewinman | 02.25.2010 | 5:58 pm

    Hey Fatty- I found the bike you need for your tri. If nothing else, it costs a little more than your wetsuit…

  36. Comment by kellene | 02.25.2010 | 6:10 pm

    Philly Jen….I love it! You are brilliant. Your creative super powers match my brothers! Thank you. Thank you to you all. Your kind comments have made such an impact on Dallas the last couple of days. So often he has felt alone in this struggle. He can’t believe the support and generosity of so many that he has never met.
    Things are moving…fast. 3 of us will undergo the first rounds of Kidney donation testing on March 9th in NYC. It will be 2 of Fatty’s sisters and an Uncle. We will keep you posted!
    Thanks again for the support.

  37. Comment by kellene | 02.25.2010 | 6:12 pm

    You are by far the sexiest one in the family!

  38. Comment by slowerthensnot | 02.25.2010 | 6:27 pm

    I think I threw up a bit in my mouth! Troll house cookies awesome!

  39. Comment by Philly Jen | 02.25.2010 | 8:41 pm

    Kellene, it was so great to meet you down in Austin, it’s the least I can do. Because you are awesomesauce.

    FYI, people of the Interwebs, a few notes on the ceremonial trophy:

    * I know it’s hard to see, but he’s wearing a bike helmet. And a teeny-weeny shirt that says “I ♥ Biking” (not “Bikini,” sorry).

    * Observe his little troll hands. Now contemplate what happens when he tries to wave his middle finger at you.

    * Scalpel not included.

    All this — and many, many calories — could be yours! Good luck, everyone.

    And good luck Dallas, most of all.

  40. Comment by Joel | 02.25.2010 | 9:02 pm

    Love the wetsuit, the wetsuit is your friend…

    And don’t even ask what it was like to do a sprint tri (with a wee little swim) in 58F water without one. Mainly because, even though that race was just a few days after Thanksgiving, I still can’t feel important parts of my body.

  41. Comment by MrDaveyGie | 02.25.2010 | 10:36 pm

    Does one have to go into a decompression chamber to safely remove a suit like that?

  42. Comment by leroy | 02.25.2010 | 11:39 pm

    Cookies? You can win cookies too?

    I know what happened to this blog. It just keeps getting better.

    Best wishes to Kellene and her family.

  43. Comment by Bee | 02.26.2010 | 12:20 am

    Cookies? You said cookies? Anything for cookies! (I have my priorities straight, you see.)

    Kellene, I hope things work out! I admire your openness.

    Fatty, thanks for the Tri Chronicles. (I’m planning to sign up for one in the fall and have been questioning my sanity, so it’s always good to know that I have indeed lost my marbles.) That face for the post-swim almost perfectly describes my feelings post-run, except that I’m usually in a fetal position and begging for mercy. Just give me my bike and we’ll all be happier.

    BTW, the Team Philly link goes to their team fundraising page, but I’m confused. What event are they actually riding? If they are doing a ride, I’d love to see if there are still spots as they are within a few hundred miles of my neighborhood, but I can’t seem to find that page.

  44. Comment by Saso | 02.26.2010 | 1:55 am

    Is this type of wetsuit allowed in the official triathlon? Because race swimmers have a lot of restrictions on the swimsuits from 2010.

  45. Comment by Cardiac Kid | 02.26.2010 | 6:54 am

    My deep love for Philly Jen continues to get deeper.

    I appreciate the helpfulness of the wetsuit but how does a tri-athelete rationalise a wet suit that covers them from Neck to ankles and down to their wrists when they spend the other two events in a half shirt?

    Or is the half shirt compensating for the wet suit?

  46. Comment by Cyclin' Missy | 02.26.2010 | 7:40 am

    I’m trying to decide whether to wear a wetsuit for a 0.5 mile triathlon swim. For an Ironman, that’s a no-brainer. But for just half a mile? Is it worth it?

    Advice is welcome at my blog! (Click on my name for the link). Thanks!

  47. Comment by Tina Z | 02.26.2010 | 8:00 am

    I second Cyclin’ Missy’s question about wetsuit for a 1/2 mile sprint swim, wondering same thing myself…

  48. Comment by Richard | 02.26.2010 | 8:20 am

    Fatty – people say things about blokes in lycra . . .

  49. Comment by Flat Foot Sam | 02.26.2010 | 8:47 am

    Now if there was only something akin to hover-shoes for running (think hover boards from Back to the Future) you’d be set.

  50. Comment by UpNorth | 02.26.2010 | 9:37 am

    Missy & Tina – It’s not worth it. If you get cold, just swim faster… :P

    Some people do wear them for sprints. If you can get one cheap (ie borrow from a friend) go for it – but you’ll also be fine without it.

  51. Comment by linteater | 02.26.2010 | 9:53 am

    I’m with upnorth. Stop swimming in the pool with it!

    And Missy and Tina, I’d also say it depends on the water temperature. I wouldn’t get into some of our mountain lakes without a wetsuit for even 10 minutes…

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  53. Comment by Frank | 02.26.2010 | 11:45 am

    The idea that wetsuits make a big difference is somewhat of an urban myth. In real life wetsuits save you about 5 minutes in an ironman distance swim. That is what I heard as a consensus among pro interviews at the Hawaii ironman.

    I am a poor swimmer like you, I swim about 80 minutes. That is very slow. Every year a local tri company puts on a 2.4 miles swim in a reservoir nearby (the catfish swim in Stevens Creek Reservoir near SF). I have done that swim several times and at least once with and once without a wetsuit. The difference? 4 minutes to be exact.

    Did I feel better with the wetsuit? Yes. But hey there is such a thing as placebo.

  54. Comment by Weaky6 | 02.26.2010 | 11:48 am

    I can’t believe you missed an opportunity to have another matching items picture with The Runner. That would bring you up to 4 or 5 I believe. Maybe you have one hiding and did not share? And your “wetsuit-compressed gut”. I want one.

  55. Comment by judi | 02.26.2010 | 12:54 pm

    the picture, uh, yea. TMI fatty. :)

  56. Comment by MattC | 02.26.2010 | 2:08 pm

    Bee…I’m not a Philly member but I see that Philly Jen hasn’t jumped on this yet…so…here is a link w/ info on the Philly ride/s:

    Unless I misunderstand your query (“I’d love to see if there are still spots as they are within a few hundred miles of my neighborhood, but I can’t seem to find that page”)…are you a Team Fatty Philly member yet? There are ALWAYS more spots…no limit as far as I know.

    Hope this helps, and I apologize if I misunderstand your comment and not getting you the info you want.

    And finally…Fatty n Lisa, that is great news! Though I think a trip to Utah is a bit out of my budget right now…but in all seriousness, CONGRATS! And besides, I don’t think I could bear to see Kenny in his D.D. shorts in person…the pictures you have posted in the past are more than enough to keep me away! I’m just sayin.

  57. Comment by Bee | 02.26.2010 | 2:20 pm

    Thanks, MattC. That does answer the question! Not a member of Team Fatty, but doesn’t it look like so much fun? Esp if it’s captained by a like Philly Jen who gives away trolls. :-)

    I’ll add my congrats to the upcoming nuptials, though I am sure that Lance might be pouting since he didn’t get an invite to the actual wedding itself…!

  58. Comment by MattC | 02.26.2010 | 3:00 pm

    No prob Bee…it IS so much fun! I’m a San Jose Fatty guy…never been to Philly (yet)…tho I did get to meet Jen last year at LIVESTRONG Austin (I went there also) and Fatty was spot-on when he said she was a “supernova of energetic happiness” (from his 8/22/09 post). As Fatty’s Co-Capt of SJ, I live in constant Co-Capt envy at how she so easily handles the GINORMOUS Philly team. I’m such a poser. Join up w/the team and she will surely whip-you into tip-top fundraising shape quick like a bunny!

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    Fatty– Fun to read… I have a question on how the Aqua Sphere Icon actually fit you? Where did you fall on the sizing chart? What size did you get and how big are you? Do you think it ran a little big or a little small? Thanks.

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