A “Well, That’s a Nice Surprise” Note from Fatty: As a beloved, Lifetime Achievement-winning, cycling comedy blogging celebrity mega-super-duperstar and social media guru, you’d think that I would get tired of nice things being said about me. Well, you would be wrong, and I’d appreciate your not being so presumptuous, thanks.
The fact is, I’m a sucker for praise. And praise from an unexpected corner is unexpectedly nice.
So it was an especially nice surprise to get listed in Outside Magazine’s Top 10 Biking Blogs article yesterday. Check me out, I’m at number 5. Comfortably in the middle. Here’s what they had to say about me:
It’s worth checking out the whole article; I was happy to see my friends BSNYC, Boulder Report and Red Kite Prayer (at number 1, congrats Padraig!) in there, too, and found it was a great list for introducing me to some good blogs I hadn’t previously heard of. So: nice job and thanks to Aaron Gulley at Outside!
The Big Events I’d Plan to Attend in 2012 If The World Weren’t Going to End
It’s a shame that 2012 is when the world is going to end, because I’ve already loaded it up with a bunch of fun and interesting biking events I really want to do.
And the thing is, I haven’t even really been looking for good events, yet. A bunch have just fallen into my lap. Once I start spending time looking around, I expect this calendar is going to be loaded up even more.
I figure it’s worth putting this list up now, though, so just in case you’re looking for events to fill your calendar up. Then we could hang out and stuff. That would be awesome.
Note: This list includes running events, in addition to cycling events. This was unavoidable, seeing as how The Hammer is also The Runner.
I apologize in advance.
Moab Canyonlands Half Marathon (March 17)
The first event of the year is a run. This will be, I believe, The Hammer’s eleventh annual running of this race. As a guy who knows a little something about not liking to break a streak, I definitely want her to do this run. I will join her at the start line, and she will wait for me at the finish line.
Boston Marathon (April 16)
The Hammer qualified for the Boston Marathon at Ogden last year. I’ll be coming along in a LiveStrong Charity slot. And the cool thing is, I’ve been given permission for four other Team Fatty members to sign up and run the Boston with us, too! Stay tuned for details on how you can be part of Team Fatty for this event.
Ogden Marathon (May 19)
I have a special place in my heart for this marathon for two reasons. First, because it’s where The Hammer qualified for the Boston Marathon, and that was important to her (which makes it important to me). Second, it’s the first time I’ve ever been proud of how I ran a race. Hey, I finished under four hours. For me, that’s a big deal.
100 Miles of Nowhere
Note that I don’t have a date for the 2012 100 Miles of Nowhere yet, but also note that I definitely want to do it. Further, note that I plan to do it sometime during the year when people can do it outside, since that’s increasingly the more popular way to do this event.
And finally, note that I think it might be fun to have anyone who wants to come on over to my neck of the woods do this event with me. Note that it will be the hardest 100 Miles of Nowhere I’ve ever done: I’m thinking this year I might make it be the 100 Miles of Nowhere: Alpine Loop Summit Edition.
If you’ve got an opinion on when this event ought to be, now’s the time to make it known.
Rockwell Relay: Moab to St. George: June 8-9
The 2011 Rockwell Relay may well have been the most fun I have ever had during a race (I believe it also holds the record for longest race report: five parts!). The Hammer concurs; she made it clear this is a must-do event this year.
520 miles, as a non-stop relay, through some of the most incredibly beautiful land you will ever see (or during the night legs, will not see).
Kenny, Heather, The Hammer, and I will all be there to defend our title as the fastest Co-Ed team. Anyone wanna take us on?
Davis LiveStrong Challenge (July ??)
In 2011, Team Fatty completely owned the LiveStrong Challenge Davis. Also, it was my favorite LiveStrong Challenge ever. So — at least for now — I’d like to make Davis the annual Team Fatty LiveStrong Challenge event.
I don’t have a date yet (it’s supposed to be announced today), but I’ll definitely be creating a team, and raising money for this event. I hope you’ll want to join Team Fatty. We’ll be accomplishing a lot of good, and we’ll be having a lot of fun.
And I would not be at all surprised if there were pie involved.
Tour de Donut: July 14
Will Team Fatty once again be the title sponsor of the Utah Tour de Donut?
One thing’s for sure, though. I’ll be there. Another thing is probable: Paul Guyot and his son Bucky will be there.
And one final thing is for sure: everyone will feel ill afterward.
This will be my 16th Leadville 100. It will be The Hammer’s 8th. And if all goes well, it will be the IT Guy’s first.
The Hammer and I have a plan for this edition of this race, and it is to ride alongside The IT Guy, pacing him and making sure he does everything right. Keeping his spirits up. Giving him the benefit of our combined twenty-one finishes in this race.
The IT Guy, it should be noted, hates this plan. He wants nothing to do with it and wants to ride by himself.
To which I reply, “You’re welcome to, if you think you can drop us.”
Breck Epic (August 12-17)
The real reason The Hammer and I aren’t planning to race The Leadville 100 at an all-out pace this year, though, is that the very next day we’re going to be doing our first six-day mountain biking stage race: The Breck Epic.
That’s right. We’re going to do The Leadville 100, and then do six more days of mountain bike racing, starting the next day.
Because we want to, that’s why.
We plan to race in the Open Mixed Duo category, which means a gal and a guy, racing together, always staying within eyesight of each other, for six days.
Honestly, this is the event I am most excited about for the year.
Part II Coming Soon
I’ll let you in on a little secret. Right now I’m in Boston, for work. It’s been an intense week, without a lot of time for writing or anything else (including exercise). And I’ve got to get to a meeting (which cannot start without me, since I’m l leading it) right now.
So the rest of the year’s gonna have to wait. I’ll post it tomorrow.
Meanwhile, let me know what events you’re doing…and if there are events you think I’m missing that I absolutely positively ought to be doing too.