Autumn: A Lament

10.19.2012 | 10:26 am

I have ridden a’plenty this year
And I have become fast
I have stood atop podia
(sometimes rightly, sometimes not)

And in short
This has been
A fast year

Explain to me then
I say to myself
Staring at my legs
What the hell has happened
In the past couple weeks?

How is it possible
I continue
Aghast and befuddled
To have gone from fit and fast
To fat and slow
And frankly unmotivated

I blame the weather!
I blame exhaustion!
I blame all and sundry
But I do not blame myself.

Thank you.


  1. Comment by Barton | 10.19.2012 | 10:34 am

    aww… I get not blaming self, but autumn is the BEST season to ride in. Maybe it’s time to focus on the ride and not the race? Get in the last few (hundred) miles before the snow flies?

    That said, I totally feel where you are coming from: my knee hurts, the snot is running freely w/ the change in weather, it gets dark so early, and the wind is killing me. Honestly, I love autumn.

  2. Comment by GenghisKhan | 10.19.2012 | 10:35 am

    The blaming is in the dark
    wherein life and
    are sucked rightly
    out of you;
    the solution is

    Thank you, thank you very much.

  3. Comment by davidh-marin, ca | 10.19.2012 | 10:56 am

    Autumn in Marin
    this week
    the best
    crisp cool mornings
    by mid day high 80
    I ride a little
    but mostly
    this week
    I stay inside
    making cupcakes.

    Thank you

    Fatty- never blame yourself. With just a little effort you can always find someone or somewhere else, to lay your lament.

  4. Comment by owen | 10.19.2012 | 10:56 am

    sounds like its time to get that cross bike out for a “fun” race.

  5. Comment by Bob Johnson | 10.19.2012 | 11:18 am

    Rode in the rain today. Cold. Just pounded 2 pieces of cake. not sure why. Maybe because your message depressed me so. Cake will make you feel better.

  6. Comment by babble on | 10.19.2012 | 11:27 am

    If of a morn
    you discover
    there is no power in your stroke
    don’t despair.
    There’s always Coke.
    If you’ve a penchant for other things
    don’t worry.
    Red Bull gives you wings.

    Thank you.

  7. Comment by Dave T | 10.19.2012 | 11:52 am

    Winter is near
    download to Strava
    achievements still appear
    but as light fades weight will creep up
    personal best will soon disappear

  8. Comment by berry | 10.19.2012 | 11:56 am

    I’m just fat
    I’ve been fat all summer
    and even back in the spring
    not enough riding (never enough riding)
    and way too much eating
    but I always have hope…

    Thank you.

  9. Comment by TominAlbany | 10.19.2012 | 12:07 pm

    The human side
    of my bicycle interface
    has kept me
    off my ride
    since labor day weekend.
    I wish I was
    burned out
    on riding.
    Oh how I wish.
    How I wish.
    How I wish you were here.
    We’re just two lost souls
    Swimming in a fish bowl
    Year after year.

    With apologies to Mr. Pink Floyd.

  10. Comment by Napleszen | 10.19.2012 | 12:59 pm

    Come on down to Florida, the riding is just getting good.

  11. Comment by rich | 10.19.2012 | 1:14 pm

    Autumn is upon me
    and so are extra punds
    dark comes early
    my weight rebounds
    my bike goes quiet
    where did I put my lights?

    thank you.

  12. Comment by Saso | 10.19.2012 | 1:27 pm

    Bikes dream silently in my garage
    Belly growing, fat accumulating

    But my legs feel itchy
    Yes, running season starts!

    Suddenly I feel better
    But still I gobble up cake with cream
    Because it is darker and colder every day

    I will be gasping for the air
    Tommorow while running up the hill
    But for now I am sitting still

    On a couch with chocolate nearby

    Thank you.

  13. Comment by Clydesteve | 10.19.2012 | 1:38 pm

    Rain come down
    I go out.

    Down and out.

  14. Comment by cyclingjimbo | 10.19.2012 | 2:14 pm

    Though you raced as with eagle’s wings,
    seemingly flying o’er the courses,
    Season’s end brings the let-down.
    The body and mind must rest
    and recuperate.
    You cannot maintain
    an edge
    without time for rest and reflection.

    We have seen your busy-ness,
    still waiting
    for posts on races long ago completed.
    You need a break.

    Thank you.

  15. Comment by Scoottay | 10.19.2012 | 2:36 pm

    Move to Arizona. You’ll get your stoke back quick.

  16. Comment by Anonymous | 10.19.2012 | 4:18 pm

    Autumn Fitness, Honest Fitness

    Hoping fitness reigns…
    Goodbye feet see you next spring
    Declined fitness: rains.

    Thank you.

  17. Comment by Kukui | 10.19.2012 | 4:19 pm

    And by Anonymous, I mean Kukui. =)

    Autumn Fitness, Honest Fitness

    Hoping fitness reigns…
    Goodbye feet see you next spring
    Declined fitness: rains.

    Thank you.

  18. Comment by Mark | 10.19.2012 | 5:07 pm

    Rainless in Seattle
    85 days!
    Forecast is rain so…
    I go for a “last” ride.
    Too bad. I crash. It hurt.
    Bikes hung up
    collecting dust.
    Indoor workouts for Autumn.

    Thank You.

  19. Comment by gogogo | 10.19.2012 | 10:22 pm

    rain is coming down
    i am cold
    i stay in my pajamas and
    eat snacks all day

    ride tomorrow?

    thank you

  20. Comment by Triflefat | 10.20.2012 | 3:49 am

    An Antipodean refrain:-

    Blue skies appearing
    Cold and wet are receding
    Spring is here with its attendant miracles

    Shoe covers are discarded
    and arm warmers dispensed
    How to revel in these simple joys when half the friends of Fatty are descending into sloth and despair?

    But to demonstrate exuberance and compassion in one brief missive
    Is a task
    Too hard for me.

    So I turn my mind to
    The main issue
    That Spring always poses
    “To shave or not to shave, THAT is the question?”

  21. Comment by Dee | 10.21.2012 | 10:46 am

    I hear you, the best thought is to not take it seriously and move on to bicycle repair and upgrades and new accessories, just a thought.

  22. Comment by Sunny | 10.21.2012 | 3:49 pm

    Sounds like a someone just needs to take a break. It’s been exciting for us to read about and live your adventures, but maybe your mind and body need a rest. Go on a cruise!!!!

  23. Comment by GJ Jackie | 10.21.2012 | 10:08 pm

    Maybe what you’ve been forgetting
    is how to go out
    and ride
    Just for fun.

  24. Comment by mims | 10.22.2012 | 5:51 pm

    Autumn’s extra weight:
    Padding for winter’s cold
    Cross country ski fuel

  25. Comment by Rich Baker | 10.25.2012 | 7:48 am

    I loved this! I’m a fellow fat cyclist who started riding a year and a half ago after a fifteen year break weighing in at 19st 8lbs. I’m taking part in my first MTB event for charity on November 4th and I’ve lost 2st in training for it over the last twelve weeks getting down to a slimline (for me!) 16st 12lbs. I’ve got lighter, faster and fitter. But… Autumn has arrived here in Nottingham with a vengeance this last week and it feels like hitting the wall! Loving riding in the colours of Autumn though :-D

    Wet leaves sucking at my tyres,
    crud grinding in my chain,
    darkness falls early now,
    I ride on.


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