I Am Not Racing RAGNAR (Plus Upcoming Stuff)

06.17.2011 | 11:47 am

Think of it as a blog collaboration of sorts: The Hammer is joining RabidRunner in running as 2/6 of an “Ultra” team in the Wasatch Back version of RAGNAR. Which means that this will be the second week in a row in which The Hammer is doing an endurance relay event.

That, partially, is why she is The Hammer.

I, on the other hand, am not fast enough to be on their team (seriously, that’s why I’m not on it), and am currently trying to decide whether to take my kids to see The Green Lantern or Thor tonight. I welcome your thoughts on this matter.

Anyway, wish The Hammer and her team — Named “Crack the C.O.D,” which sounds like they for some reason want to break open a package that was labeled “Cash On Delivery,” but actually is a direct challenge to another team (Crack o’ Dawners) — good luck. I’m looking forward to hearing the story.

Also, I’m looking forward to sleeping in a bed tonight.

Today, I have a few things to talk about. Or more to the point, I am not going to talk about them, but will instead reveal that I plan to talk about them next week.

Upcoming Stuff Item #1: LiveStrong Challenge

Next week, I’ll be talking about Davis LiveStrong Challenge plans. Also, I will be actually starting to make Davis LiveStrong Challenge plans.

Where did the time go?

Upcoming Stuff Item #2: Get Out Your Garmins

Next week I’m going to reveal a way Team Fatty can do something awesome for World Bicycle Relief, without spending any (or donating, even) money at all.

But you’re gonna need to start tracking your rides / runs / other exercise stuff.

If you’ve got a Garmin, get used to using it on every run / ride.

Upcoming Stuff Item #3: More 100 Miles of Nowhere Reports

I’ve still got a huge backlog of awesome 100 Miles of Nowhere stories that have been sent in. I plan to start publishing these next week. The timing’s good, because I’m in crunch mode at work right now and could use some help with writing this blog.

Upcoming Stuff Item #3: A Little Bit More About My Superfly 100

I’ve had a chance to ride my new Superfly 100 a few times now and have gotten the fit right. I want to spend some time rhapsodizing about this incredible frame, as well as the genius space technology that is the new Shimano XTR. Holy smokes, it’s good stuff.

PS: Tomorrow’s my birthday. I’m turning 45. If you’d like to buy me a present, I’d really like a donation at my LiveStrong Challenge Page. That would be a very nice present indeed.


  1. Comment by melicious | 06.17.2011 | 11:51 am

    Sounds like good things are ahead! Happy day-before-your-birthday, Elden! Hope the actual day is great, enjoy!

  2. Comment by Scott R | 06.17.2011 | 12:05 pm

    Hope you’ll forgive it being early, but – Happy Birthday, Fatty!

  3. Comment by NYCCarlos | 06.17.2011 | 12:07 pm

    Happy early Bday (bidet?) to you sir!

  4. Comment by Sramtaro | 06.17.2011 | 12:08 pm

    It’s Collect On Delivery, not cash. Happy birthday, Old Fatty! Looking forward to the Garmin geekery. Will it be like the MapMyRide Tour de France challenge?

  5. Comment by Dave T | 06.17.2011 | 12:22 pm

    Happy early birthday Elden:)

  6. Comment by Raph | 06.17.2011 | 12:23 pm

    Happy Birthday! My tiny contribution to your livestrong page is in. Really feels like sending a gift to a friend. Enjoy the rides and looking forward to your posts on your Alpine experience this summer.

  7. Comment by Marsi | 06.17.2011 | 12:30 pm

    Happy Birthday, Fatty. Last weekend I discovered the ultimate conversation starter while on a ride along the Mississippi (TOMRV). The Fat Cyclist jersey got more than a few comments as people (always guys) passed me. However, my ego was fed even more by passing guys while wearing the jersey. :)

  8. Comment by Haven-KT | 06.17.2011 | 12:36 pm

    Happy birthday tomorrow! I’m wondering– for those of us without Garmins, can we use something like mapmyride or mapmyrun or mapmywalk instead?

  9. Comment by Limey | 06.17.2011 | 12:42 pm

    WOW ur blog is soooo Gooood we get it twice, or has my computer got Diarrhea… i will ck on another, Appy Birthday. I will buy a Gramin.

  10. Comment by Turn The Damn Cranks | 06.17.2011 | 12:59 pm

    Happy Birthday!

    Thor was quite fun. I saw it with a small group, and we all enjoyed it. And Thor got generally good reviews. The Green Lantern reviews are a mixed bag. So go with Thor to be safe.

  11. Comment by Nick P | 06.17.2011 | 1:05 pm

    Happy Birthday old man (says the younger guy who probably couldn’t hold said older guy’s wheel)

    @Marsi – One of those comments probably came from me. I saw two ladies in FC jerseys and said something to both. Made me wish I had brought/wore mine. TOMRV was awesome!

  12. Comment by Yvann | 06.17.2011 | 1:33 pm

    Happy Birthday! And please watch Green Lantern and review it for us tomorrow?
    @Limey – I got it twice today too.

  13. Comment by Jefferson | 06.17.2011 | 1:52 pm

    Happy B-day. I’m going to celebrate by going for a nice long ride in the Vegas heat :)
    Thor was an entertaining flick with just the right mix of action/adventure/comic books…Word on the street is that Green Latern was “meh” at best!

  14. Comment by Layne | 06.17.2011 | 1:55 pm

    Happy Birthday Fatty! I’d go see Thor! I’ve seen it twice (once with my 9 and 7 year old boys) and we’d all go see it again! GREAT SHOW!

  15. Comment by Dan O | 06.17.2011 | 2:04 pm

    Have a great birthday and father’s day this weekend.


  16. Comment by Superstantial | 06.17.2011 | 2:21 pm

    Hope you have a happy birthday!

    Go see “Thor” (that’s about Hushovd, right?).

    Only see “The Green Lantern” if you plan to use your own super power of hilarity to write up a review for us like another commenter had said.

    But I’m leaning toward the cycling movie, “Thor”.

  17. Comment by Steve | 06.17.2011 | 3:29 pm

    Happy Birthday.

    The movie choice has to be Thor.

    1. Because his weapon of choice is The Hammer.
    2. Because of Thor Hushovd.

  18. Comment by AngieG | 06.17.2011 | 6:22 pm

    Fatty don’t forget to mention our Friday Livestrong Team Fatty event at the Cycling Hall of Fame. I need head count for the CHOF folks and the caterer for the lovely Hor d Vors (I always spell that wrong to apologies to those who feel the need to always correct poor spelling).
    We have reserved the hall exclusively for Team Fatty. Cost to cover the hall donation and food should be $20 per person. Email me at angie@bikemonkey.net with questions.

  19. Comment by Jamieson | 06.17.2011 | 9:45 pm

    Happy Birthday Elden! You have inspired so much fun and suffering in so many of us, and we come back for more. You say you aren’t in shape yet you run a marathon.

    Can we really believe the birth age?

  20. Comment by LIz | 06.18.2011 | 4:43 am

    Happy Birthday! Hope the Hammer is finishing strongly as I type.

  21. Comment by Charlie | 06.18.2011 | 10:26 am

    45?!?!? That’s not old. You still have many more miles in you. Happy Birthday!

  22. Comment by Joachim | 06.18.2011 | 12:42 pm

    Happy Birthday, Fatty!

    All the best from across the pond

  23. Comment by BamaJim | 06.18.2011 | 1:52 pm

    Happy birthday young fella. You show some good potential, despite being just a kid.

  24. Comment by andy | 06.18.2011 | 2:11 pm

    Happy birthday Fatty, not old yet!

  25. Comment by lynn e | 06.18.2011 | 6:15 pm

    Ahh, 45. One of my most memorable birthdates. You will officially be “a cute angle”….

  26. Comment by Heber Chad | 06.18.2011 | 10:32 pm

    Feliz cumpleanos. I thought I saw the runner hammer on my way to Kamas this AM around 11:00 recognized the Fat Cyclist tech shirt from a long way off…thought to myself, is that the runner hammer? (it was clearly not you). Your ride today sounded amazing.

  27. Comment by Clydesteve | 06.19.2011 | 12:09 am

    um, Dood, you doubled us. Have a nice B’Day & Happy Fathers day.

  28. Comment by roan | 06.19.2011 | 11:14 am

    Fatty sent a donation, Happy B’Day (39th again & again, etc.) Elden.

    Hope Thor with the kids was fun, I’m sure it was.
    Hope they pamper you TODAY TOO as always, heh.

  29. Comment by Kathleen@ForginAhead | 06.19.2011 | 6:27 pm

    Happy Birthday!!

  30. Comment by Saso | 06.19.2011 | 11:20 pm

    All the best!

  31. Comment by davidh-marin,ca | 06.19.2011 | 11:58 pm

    I missed the Birthday announcement from the other post, so please accept my belated greeting. Did you have cake and how much? (pounds or kilos) It’s rather frightening how easily we’ll give money for anything you ask. On to the donation page.

  32. Comment by Rudi | 06.20.2011 | 8:45 am

    What if we use a GPS tracking device other than a Garmin? I use a GPS app on my iPhone – will that suffice?

  33. Comment by KM | 06.20.2011 | 9:00 am

    Hmm, apparently turning 45 means your memory problems start early AEB: the twice posted post….that or you’re really, really excited about the upcoming events and wanted to make sure everybody read them twice. Riiiiggght. Happy B-Day anyway.

    Actually, in this case it had to do with moving my site over to a dedicated server, adding caching plugins and otherwise trying to speed performance up. But my memory is in fact . . . wait, what were we talking about? – FC

  34. Comment by Nurse Betsy | 06.20.2011 | 5:10 pm

    signed up! Love WBR. More then 100 have signed up. Woo Hoo. I’ll get riding.

  35. Comment by davidh-marin,ca | 06.21.2011 | 11:48 am

    @Comment by AngieG | 06.17.2011 | 6:22 pm

    Use extreme caution on the “Hor d Vors” (sic). Can-o-peas might be problemaic as well. Remember Fatty’s Gran Fondo experience:
    I am a yokel.
    10.7.2010 | 11:10 pm

    Originally uploaded by Fat Cyclist.
    The Runner says this is delicious, but I don’t know what it is and nobody will let me put fry sauce on it.



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