05.27.2014 | 7:45 am

Hey, I’m sitting here in the SLC airport, about to fly out to Austin for the next few days. I hope — hope — I’ll have time during my trip to write about some of the things that happened during the Memorial Day weekend.

Because some very awesome stuff happened. 

For example, on Saturday, The Hammer, The Swimmer, and I all raced the Timp Trail Half Marathon. Here we are — oh so happy — before the race.

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Yes, I want to be clear: that’s before the race. The “after” pictures are somewhat different. I’ll show those as I tell the story (hopefully) during the next day or two or three.

But that wasn’t the only big event of our weekend. The Hammer also took delivery of the bike she gets as one of the incredible perks of being a World Bicycle Relief Athlete Ambassador. Here she is with Taylor Felt, the manager of Bountiful Bicycles, where her awesome new Specialized S-Works Roubaix was built:

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She’s had that bike for two days, and has already put around 150 miles on it. So yeah, I’d say it’s going to be a well-loved, well-used bike.

More on that soon, too. 

So, how was your weekend?


  1. Comment by davidh-marin,ca | 05.27.2014 | 8:37 am

    Worked on the proper pronunciation of fragoline so as not to get fagiolini by mistake. Mustremain suave. May just stick with Gelatto.

    Love the Hammer’s new bike! But please share, does the woman never not smile?

    Travel safe.

  2. Comment by wharton_crew | 05.27.2014 | 8:52 am

    Fatty, will you kindly show us a picture of your bike barn? Surely, you need such a structure to house the stable of bikes that you and the Hammer have. Do you have a room dedicated to only storing bikes?

    Yes, this comment is driven by my jealousy of Lisa’s new bike….looks awesome!

  3. Comment by BostonCarlos (formerly NYC) | 05.27.2014 | 8:53 am

    This weekend, I rode 2 new MTB trail systems, got 3 Strava Top 10’s, and put 65 miles on the road bike. It was a good weekend.

  4. Comment by ScottR | 05.27.2014 | 8:57 am

    How was my weekend? Not even close to being as good as the Hammer’s :-)

  5. Comment by Bykjunkie | 05.27.2014 | 11:05 am

    Awesome bike! Congrats!
    The family and I went on a mini cruise of the Amalfi coast Saturday and climbed to the top of Mt Vesuvius on Sunday.

  6. Comment by davidh-marin,ca | 05.27.2014 | 11:08 am

    Given Fatty’s ‘conversion’ I think he and Lisa, ‘Nails’ and Brice (needs a ‘handle’) should consider a fall trip to California. Pretty sure we could field a NorCal Team Fatty group for this:

    Heck I’d even break out my old Dolphin shorts and run too!

    Moustache optional

  7. Comment by pbrmeasap | 05.27.2014 | 11:12 am

    Great, my 7 year old daughter and I rode 30 miles together on the WV Panhandle trail.

  8. Comment by PNP | 05.27.2014 | 12:15 pm

    You definitely had a better weekend that I did. I cleaned out my garage. Not the most fun I’ve ever had, but hey, I can walk around my car without having to squeeze past stuff, so it’s all good.

  9. Comment by Dave T | 05.27.2014 | 12:19 pm

    It was great, three days of biking, BBQ and beer.

  10. Comment by Kate | 05.27.2014 | 12:28 pm

    Two road rides that reminded me why I love mountain biking and gravel. On the plus side, I got rained on for 35 miles, which made the ride much more fun. For real. :)

  11. Comment by Brian in VA | 05.27.2014 | 12:49 pm

    I got in two really good road rides in preparation for the Tour de Cure of Northern VA that I’m riding next week. First century of the year and, of course, I’m worried about it. I also took the time to primp the bike so it’s as ready as I am.

    Weather in VA is absolutely gorgeous and will continue for another week so I’m pumped to enjoy it.

    Congrats to The Hammer on a beautiful bike!

  12. Comment by JohnBoy | 05.27.2014 | 1:34 pm

    I rode Wardsworth Trail in Hobble Creek Canyon. Brutal uphill followed by a fun decent. I managed to flip over my handle bars and walk away with a few scratches and a bruised ego.

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  14. Comment by UpTheGrade, SR, CA | 05.27.2014 | 5:12 pm

    Did a 133 mile, 15k ft of climbing ride called ‘Bad Little Brother’ on Saturday. Fabulous weather and some of the best scenery in Northern California, and I made it to the finish.
    This is prep for an even bigger ride next month called the Terrible Two, two hundred miles and even more climbing in the heat.
    After that I pigged out on BBQ and beer for the rest of the weekend :-)
    Can’t wait to hear your marathon missive.

  15. Comment by J | 05.27.2014 | 6:04 pm

    Austin? So it was You that brought all the rain….

  16. Comment by Tanner Lovelace | 05.27.2014 | 7:23 pm

    This weekend I took a couple of 7th graders to a model rocket launch and then spent a bunch of time working on the gutters at home. Didn’t get to ride my bike at all. :-( I got in a ride this morning, though. :-)

  17. Comment by Doug (way upstate NY) | 05.27.2014 | 7:58 pm

    My weekend capped off my second 200+ mile ridding week in a row. I got to ride some new to me fairly technical mtb trails in CT. Started to do a total renovation on the family lake cottage my wife and took over in the fall. AND I got to renew my wedding vows (with said wife) after celebrating our 20th anniversary.

    Yeah, it was definitely a good weekend.

  18. Comment by Carl | 05.27.2014 | 9:07 pm

    That is a beautiful bike and I know The Hammer will get a lot of use out of it. World Bicycle Relief is lucky to have her representing them.

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  22. Comment by Kevin | 06.2.2014 | 4:04 am

    Oh, that Specialized S-Works Roubaix is one good looking bike.

    Weekend included 270km cycling with nearly 4000m of climbing… thank God its Monday and I can rest :-)

  23. Comment by Libby | 06.2.2014 | 1:47 pm

    The Roubaix is one wonderful bike! I have one…it’s red so it’s fast!

    I note that it is a Roubaix and not a Ruby…was there a preference for the ‘male’ style over the ‘female’ frame? I chose mine because I felt at home on the Roubaix & not the Ruby.


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