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04.13.2012 | 11:08 am

Hey, just a short little post right now, to let you know how much time I have, where I am, where I’m going, what’s going on, t’d what’s coming up in the near future.

Where I Am and Where I’m Going

I’m on a plane, somewhere between SLC and NYC. From there, we’ll transfer to a plane to Boston. Once we’re in Boston, we’re going to meet up with some Team Fatty friends and go see historical stuff for a couple days.

Then, on Monday, we’re going to “run” the Boston Marathon.

To be honest, that’s the only part of this trip I’m not looking forward to. Because as someone who has never been a good runner, I think I can nevertheless claim that my running has become worse and worse lately. My right knee hurts when I run. So does my left hip. So does my right Achilles tendon. So does my back.

I feel very bad for The Hammer, who is in incredible shape — the best shape she’s ever been in — for this race. She could lap me. She really could. But she’s not going to. She’s going to do this thing with me.

And then in a couple weeks she’ll do a different marathon for speed.

How Much Time I Have

I don’t have much time to write this post. My computer battery was at 36% when I started writing; now it’s at 29%. I will update with current amounts of available current as events warrant.

What’s Going On

I spent the first 65% of my computer battery sending email to people. Admittedly, the battery in my computer is old, so 65% doesn’t actually represent that much time.

Still, I’ve been nailing down sponsors for the 100 Miles of Nowhere. And talking with Twin Six about the T-shirt design. And I can say this: it’s a great set of sponsors, donating a nice array of swag, for an excellent cause.

And the t-shirt design is wonderful. The best 100MoN design yet. I love it. You will love it too.

I will announce the sponsors and open registration next Wednesday. You’ll definitely want to register that day, because I’m pretty sure it will sell out before the day ends. And there will be no second wave. When it sells out, it’s gone.

Oh, by the way, my battery is now at 18%.

What About the Weight Challenge?

I will set up the area for final weigh-in posts tomorrow and post a link to it here. Be sure to post your final weigh-in by Monday morning, OK?

What’s Coming Up in the Near Future?

Well, if you’re a fan of BikeSnobNYC, you’ll want to check back here this Thursday; I’ll be posting a review of his new book that day.

Then, at 1PM ET that same day (i.e., Thursday, for those of you with very short attention spans), BSNYC’s going to join us for a live Q&A session. It’ll be fun, or immensely awkward, depending on what he thinks of my review.

I’m now at 11%, battery-wise.

While In Boston

There’s a good chance I’ll be posting little mini-updates here during my Boston trip. There’s an even better chance that I’ll post stuff on Twitter. So, if you haven’t yet, maybe you should follow me.

7% battery. Posting now, while I still can.


  1. Comment by Bykjunkie | 04.13.2012 | 11:25 am

    Wish you and the Hammer the best!! 26.2 on your brain?
    Not going to lie….. It’s going to be hard to register from here in Afganistan. The Internet is SLOW, of course that is when it is working, like now.

  2. Comment by ClydeinKS | 04.13.2012 | 11:52 am

    Posted in the Challenge forum earlier, but just wanted to say, Have a GREAT run! The end to a marathon comes much sooner (depending on your speed of course)than the end to a century! The aches will be worth it…

    Jeff D

  3. Comment by rich | 04.13.2012 | 12:12 pm

    Good luck in Boston Fatty!

  4. Comment by Sean | 04.13.2012 | 12:49 pm

    What are you wearing Monday? I live about a mile from Comm Ave and BC, and will likely be down there around lunchtime.

    Also, had you brought a bike, you could do the midnight ride of the course like a few crazy folks, myself included…

  5. Comment by Jim | 04.13.2012 | 12:53 pm

    Weather report calls for sunny & 84 degrees. Add 5 degrees to the blacktop…I don’t think they’ll be calling you Fatty after that.

    Good luck and stay cool!

  6. Comment by GenghisKhan | 04.13.2012 | 12:59 pm

    I want to join the troll bandwagon and rant and rave about silly stuff like them thar trolls did in the previous post, but I just ran out of steam talking about wanting to rant and rave about being a troll–man, being a troll must be exhausting!

    Have a good time in Bean Town–you and all the spectators make a lot of my co-workers in Boston stay home (Hey, that was almost a troll-esque comment, right? Think I’ll go die my hair orange, spike it up and walk aorund with a crazy grin… Look at me, I’m a troll, a troll, a troll! Whoa, exhausted again!).

  7. Comment by Edie | 04.13.2012 | 1:00 pm

    Hope you have a great time while you’re here and thanks for bringing us this great weather!

  8. Comment by centurion | 04.13.2012 | 1:38 pm

    Fatty, let the Hammer run. It’s the Boston Marathon fer cryin out loud.

  9. Comment by Jeff | 04.13.2012 | 2:43 pm

    Have a fun time at the marathon. I might be out on the course watching so I’ll be keeping my eye out for you as you suffer.

  10. Comment by Justin L | 04.13.2012 | 3:12 pm

    Good luck fatty, looking forward to wed!
    PS think of a happy place, 6 months of academy running all i ever thought about was the pain, hated it. Lol

  11. Comment by ScottR | 04.13.2012 | 3:54 pm

    Have an awesome time in Boston, Fatty!

  12. Comment by Mark | 04.13.2012 | 5:13 pm

    What are your numbers? I have a couple other friends headed that way and I’ll track you all.

  13. Comment by Gabi | 04.13.2012 | 6:00 pm

    Good luck at the marathon! Sadly I crashed out of the weight loss contest.

    If any friends of Fatty are in SLC next Saturday the 21st come by SLC Bicycle Co in the afternoon…I will be telling people about my upcoming cross country ride and trying to get some donations for affordable housing!

  14. Comment by Nurse Betsy | 04.13.2012 | 8:35 pm

    Go Fatty and Hammer! Have fun and drink some good beer.

  15. Comment by davidh-marin, ca | 04.13.2012 | 11:48 pm


    First and foremost. Thank you for your service!

    If Fatty doesn’t give you a secret pass to registration you can email me at and I will register you(I think I can do that??), just send the info.

    Lastly, cookies?? Daughter#1 sold 2600 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies on behalf of US Troops overseas. If you didn’t get yours, send me your APO Address, we still have a case or three left here at the house.

    GO FATTY! GO HAMMER…..just faster!

  16. Comment by MattC | 04.14.2012 | 1:37 am

    Gosh Fatty…my knees and feet hurt just THINKING about suffering thru a marathon…hat’s off to the Runner (and everybody else) who LIKES to suffer that special kind of pain (running pain). Good luck tomorrow to you both!

    @Bykjunkie…it’s pretty cool that you can follow Fatty from Afghanistan…and to echo davidh…thanks! You and all the other VOLUNTEERS in our armed forces are quite special people! Keep your head down n come home safe!

    @davidh…2600 boxes of cookies? That’s AWESOME (GO Daughter#1!) I picked up ‘a few’ boxes here at the base I’ve been working at in the UK…think it’s great that the girls were allowed to set up shop INSIDE the main bldg AND at the commissary too. LOVE the support the military gives stuff like that! Each year I look forward to my annual fix of those tasty shortbreads, which are CUSTOM MADE for coffee dunkin’!

    Mmmm…and speaking of coffee…my cup is low (it’s 8:30am Sat morning as I type). My LAST weekend in the UK…hope to ride tomorrow, then pack the bike ‘back in box’. Coming home on FRIDAY..woo-HOO!!

  17. Comment by cece | 04.14.2012 | 6:18 am

    Go, Fatty! Go! Good luck in Boston!


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