As of this morning’s weigh-in, I weigh 156.6 pounds. Check me out:
After you’re done wigging out over my hairy toes and awful toenails, you’ll see that I lost 2.8 pounds yesterday, blowing right by my goal of the 158.0 I needed to reach by this Friday. Honestly, though, that big one-day loss is mostly attributable to being at the back end of the weight spike I always get after doing big efforts (a fast-paced 6+ hour road ride on Saturday, a hard downhill 11-mile run on Sunday). I’ve been working hard on my weight loss.
That’s an important number, because it means I’m going to get to keep that Superfly 100.
Sorry, folks. (And also, thank you for giving me the motivation I needed in order to finally lose that weight.)
You must be wondering how I’ve done it. And tomorrow I’m going to tell you all about it, probably at much greater length than you’d care to know.
But today, I’ve got something else to tell you. Something that I think is going to take the sting out of the fact that I’m keeping (and, early next week, building up) the Superfly 100.
As of right this second, you can still win one.
Back in 2010, I got a chance to go to the Gary Fisher Ride Camp in Park City. There, I got a chance to ride the just-announced Superfly 100.
I fell in love with it.
In fact, I fell in love with this bike enough that eventually I bought one. And it was the threat of losing this bike that finally got me motivated to get down to the racing weight I wanted to be at.
But now I feel kinda bad. A lot of you donated money to my LiveStrong Challenge page, and of course you all realized that your chances of winning were slim.
But for none of you to get a prize? That just sucks, man. Sucks hard. That’s not the way I want my contests to end.
So, this morning I called the good folks at Trek. I just got off the phone with them, really. I told them my story, and I’ve bought another Superfly 100 (don’t worry, they gave me a screamin’ deal).
And this one, I’m giving away for sure.
Here’s how it’s gonna work.
Here’s how the rules to my Superfly 100 Contest work. It’s pretty easy (and for those of you who know the drill, you can skip straight over to my LiveStrong Challenge page to donate now).
- Donate at my LiveStrong Challenge page in multiples of $5.00.
- For every $5.00 you donate, you automatically get a number on my spreadsheet.
- The contest begins right now, and ends at Noon, Pacific Time, on Thursday, June 9.
- If you donated as part of the contest to win my first Superfly (the one I get to keep), those donations count in this contest, too. ‘Course, it’d be really cool if you donated some more.
- The bike will be delivered only within the U.S. Which means international Team Fatty folk aren’t eligible unless they’ve got a way to pick up the bike in the U.S. Sorry!
- I will mail a certificate to the winner, who can take it to their local Trek dealer to get their Superfly.
- The winner has until July 31 to redeem their prize at their Trek dealer.
- The winner must agree to ride, cherish, and keep this bike (or give it to a friend or relative who will). No ebaying it or trying to sell it or use it in another fundraiser or anything like that. I never thought I’d have to say this, but I guess I do: I want the bikes I give away in these contests to be ridden, not treated as fungibles. Got it?
If you have questions, ask them in the comments. I’ll answer as best as I can.
Why I’m Doing This Contest
I’m doing this contest for a lot of reasons, but it comes down to this:
I hate cancer, and I love the way LiveStrong helps people as they fight cancer. They do a fantastic job and they deserve my support and your support.
And this is a fun way to do it.
Also, I’m doing this particular contest because I thought it’s time I put a little skin in this game. I’ve given away a lot of bikes on this blog, but this is the first time I’m giving away one I bought.
Why this bike at this time? Well, because I’m really, really excited about my own Superfly 100, and I love the idea of someone else getting an awesome bike like this, too.
This isn’t just another bike I’m giving away. This is me giving away a bike I’ve been wanting for myself. This is the mountain bike I want. This is the bike I’m pretty sure will carry me across the finish line at the Leadville 100 in under 9 hours (after 14 unsuccessful prior attempts).
So yeah, I’m confident that you are going to love this bike.
And I didn’t like the idea of me having a contest, and then me being the (only) winner.
So do me — and LiveStrong, and the people LiveStrong helps — a favor: go donate now. And maybe later this Summer, we’ll swap stories about our cool new bikes.