Miss Me? And Also: Stuff That’s Coming Really Soon

09.29.2016 | 11:38 am

A Note from Fatty: If you came here hoping for The Monster’s LT100 Race Report, Part 2, well…you’re going to have to wait for a while. She’s a full-time college student and the soonest she’s going to be able to write part 2 will be during this weekend. I’m guessing part 3 (because I’m guessing this is at least a three-parter) might be yet another week away. 

I’m probably the only person in the world who gets outrageously busy, unexpectedly. Right? Oh, that happens to you too? Good. You understand why I’ve disappeared for the past several days. 

Let me assure you, though: the registration for the 100 Miles of Nowhere 2016 edition will be coming soon (I know, I thought it would be this week, but it’s going to have to open this Monday instead). 

Here, let me show you what the t-shirt will look like:


And since that GPS is a little bit tiny, here’s a close-up of the fields:

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Between the old-time horror movie title treatment and the GPS fields, I feel like this is the most accurate 100 MoN t-shirt, ever.

But I haven’t shown you everything about it. Further, I am coyly happy to announce that the part I haven’t revealed is probably something you won’t have expected. And it’s not the back of the t-shirt, either.

I will tell you that this will be the least-expensive 100MoN ever. And that there won’t be much (OK, any) swag beyond the t-shirt. This year, it’s going to simply be about raising money for Camp Kesem. It won’t cost you much, you’ll get your t-shirt soon, and more of your money will go to Camp Kesem, instead of overhead.

So, watch for the registration to go up this Monday, and mark November 11 (the Saturday during the Camp Kesem Leadership Summit) for doing your ride (of course, you can do it later or sooner…that’s the beauty of the event).

NEW! Paceline Podcast

Of course you know that I participate in the Red Kite Prayer Paceline Podcast. And I love every single episode. But I especially love this one, because at the very end, you get to hear Duke go completely nuts when the doorbell rings.

And also you get to hear me contemplate how weird it is to find that I am now blocked by Lance Armstrong on Twitter.

Listen to The Paceline below:

You can also get more details at Red Kite Prayer, or subscribe on iTunes. Or both. Yes, now that I think about it, I definitely recommend both.

New Pinnacle Podcast

I’m also working with Yuri Hauswald on the GU Pinnacle Podcast — inspiration and information from athletes and experts at GU. In this episode, we talk with Magda Boulet, who has done a lot of inspiring things. Like, an insane number of insipiring things.

She’s represented in the Olympics — where she endured tragedy and came back stronger. She’s won the Western States 100. She’s been the NA Ultra Runner of the Year. 

And most recently, she’s clobbered the Ultra Trail Mont Blanc (UTMB), the toughest, most prestigious 100-mile trail race of them all. 

When she’s not destroying the field on the trail, Magda leads Innovation & Product Development at GU Energy Labs. Magda is an incredibly smart and inspiring athlete. You’re gonna love this episode of the GU Energy Pinnacle Podcast:

You can listen to it above, download it directly, or subscribe on iTunes.

What About the FattyCast?

You’ve probably noticed that I haven’t released an episode of The FattyCast in a while. That’s because I just…don’t have time, what with a new job and working on three other podcasts.

Will there be a new episode of The FattyCast? Ever? Honestly, I don’t know. I really liked doing that podcast, but my life is pretty full right now.

What About Regular Posts?

I have stuff I want to write for this blog: a post about gloves I love (really!), a post about my new road bike (hint: it’s not new and it’s not a road bike), and a writeup about the Crusher in The Tushar (I’m guessing it’s about a five-episode story, and is hardly at all about me, and is therefore a lot more interesting).

And In Conclusion

Come back Monday morning, ready to register for the 100 Miles of Nowhere. It won’t cost an arm nor a leg. (In fact, it will cost $39.95 including shipping.) And it will do a lot of good — I’ve seen myself what an amazing charity Camp Kesem is — and you’ll get an awesome t-shirt. 



  1. Comment by Jon | 09.29.2016 | 11:52 am

    And here I was going to ask about the back of the shirt. Good to hear, FC, as many of us are eagerly awaiting MoN details. My interest is peaked more so at what else is going to come with the package…

  2. Comment by Don | 09.29.2016 | 12:10 pm

    Wow, a wealth of information. I’m excited to listen to the new podcasts. I predict Monday will be a great day.

  3. Comment by Matt | 09.29.2016 | 12:12 pm

    Man that’s a cool t-shirt! I have always loved the idea of 100MoN but have one small issue… I’ve never ridden anywhere close to 100 miles ever. Would it be totally insane to ride my first century in tiny circles just for a funky t-shirt? (And the slightly odd kudos, and the warm fuzziness of helping charity?)

    Numerous people have done the 100MoN over several days. Others have interpreted miles as more of a guideline than a rule. Nobody has, so far as I know, simply exercised for the amount of time it takes the planet Earth to travel 100 miles in its orbit, or for a point on the earth to travel 100 miles as the earth spins on its axis. I believe both of these are legitimate interpretations of the race, and I look forward to declaring a winner of these divisions. I wish you the very best of luck, no matter how you interpret the rules to this race.

    Because I know folks are going to be interested, we’re orbiting the sun at 18.5 miles per second, so 5.4 seconds of exercise should take care of your hundred miles. Or if you’re wanting to be more conservative with your perspective and think of your motion in terms of around the axis of the planet, folks on the equator would be able to finish off their 100 miles in just about six minutes. If you’re north of the equator though, you probably ought to ride your bike for ten or even fifteen minutes, just to be safe. Then you can tell people you’re an overachiever.

    - FC

  4. Comment by Anonymous | 09.29.2016 | 12:15 pm


    Matt, your answer is yes, but the insanity is intentionally part of the event. :-)


  5. Comment by Jim B | 09.29.2016 | 12:24 pm

    Fatty, I like this approach to the 100MoN. Can’t wait to sign up (whether I do 100 miles or not is TBD)

  6. Comment by AKChick | 09.29.2016 | 12:27 pm

    Yay! I’m so glad the 100 MoN is less expensive this year cause I wasn’t going to be able to do it otherwise. :) I don’t really care about swag (nice to get but), I’d rather raise more for charity and I have 2 100 MoN kits (not that you’d see either this time of year – too cold – 50’s during the day is too cold to go with out a coat and long pants). Thank you for doing this even though you are busy!

  7. Comment by Corrine | 09.29.2016 | 12:51 pm

    @AKChick, at least you are 50 during the day – we have been only reaching the high 30’s! Winter is coming. I LOVE the 100MoN. Can’t wait to sign up and a T-shirt is bonus. I would do it even if there wasn’t any swag. I just love the idea of doing a really long, stupid bike ride and raising money for a wonderful charity. I have a great idea so any Fairbanks FoF’s that want to join me let me know and we can talk. I don’t want to give away anything yet. But it will be awesome and not too much elevation gain. But it will be cold and dark and most likely snowy. Can’t wait to hear more of the Monster’s story but no worries, Melisa, get your homework done!

    I too am 50 during the day. And the night time, too.

    Oh, you’re talking about temperature, not age.

    My bad.

    - FC

  8. Comment by Spandex King | 09.29.2016 | 1:42 pm

    Can’t wait! Looks great

  9. Comment by Scott D Gilbert | 09.29.2016 | 2:21 pm

    Looking forward to either 23 laps of “Shack to Shack” on Point Loma or if my back holds up 33 laps of the “Arnie Baker Climb” at Torrey Pines (5-6% avg)

    Wow, that’s enough climbing per lap that you might want to consider continuing on and Everesting while you’re at it. – FC

  10. Comment by rb | 09.29.2016 | 2:40 pm

    “…so far as I know, simply exercised for the amount of time it takes the planet Earth to travel 100 miles in its orbit, or for a point on the earth to travel 100 miles as the earth spins on its axis…”

    I have been going about this all wrong….now the mind is really turning

  11. Comment by David Harman | 09.29.2016 | 3:07 pm

    Going for my 2nd 100MON this year. Looking at doing it either at a texas motor speedway (banking!) or a .8 mile loop that will total almost 4k feet of climbing over 117 laps. Woot!

    Seriously, a motor speedway? I cannot WAIT for that race report! – FC

  12. Comment by Jimbo/Rumpled | 09.29.2016 | 5:26 pm

    I’m in and will again have some friends joining me; whether they officially register or not. I’ve even gotten donations before from someone finding me on my route and handing me $$.
    I post to my groups on Facebook and a few local bike forums.
    I’ll be doing my ride in Lake Forest, Laguna Hills, Aliso Viejo and Laguna Niguel. The Aliso Creek bike trail runs just over 16 miles. Three complete circuits gets us to our 100 miles. Three stops at the famous Cook’s Corner biker bar for a beer during the ride as well. Most likely starting 7am on 11-12.
    Anyone in OC want to join us, let me know.

    The only swag is the shirt, guess I’ll have to make up my own number plate.

    (PS Matt, My very first century was my first 100 MON. I had ridden 50 miles once before that. I did 435 laps of my condo complex at 0.23 miles each. Took me 11+ hours and I was totally toast – it was great!)

  13. Comment by Lon MIller | 09.29.2016 | 8:37 pm

    Time again for my favorite ride of the year. And with the California drought the Sierras are not likely to have any snow. Time to do some laps of Hogback!

  14. Comment by Dylan | 09.30.2016 | 6:58 am

    I really hope you have time to get back to the FattyCast at some point in the future. I love your other podcasts as well, but the FattyCast offered something a little different.

  15. Comment by Christina | 09.30.2016 | 7:32 am

    I know I said I would NEVER do 100 MoN on rollers again, but this shirt makes it tempting.

    I like what you’re doing this year. I wear the shirts a lot, the jerseys a little, the stuff I use sometimes. I’m happy to talk about the cause a lot and it makes people overlook the craziness of riding 100 miles on rollers.

    I love this event. I just do.

    If you could choose the color for the shirt, what would it be? I’m just asking out of curiosity, of course, not because this year you can choose from a lot of different colors for the t-shirt or anything. Because that would be CRAZY. – FC

  16. Comment by Jeff Dieffenbach | 09.30.2016 | 7:47 am

    Speaking of Everesting, I suspect that there’s an optimal course. Any thoughts on what that course might be?

    Not too steep, but not too flat–what’s the right grade? For me, I think 5%-6% or so. Any steeper, and I’m just too slow. And, I’m not a strong enough road descender for anything much steeper.

    Not too short, but not too long–what’s the right distance? Too short, and the turnarounds start to factor in. Plus, boredom. Too long, and you tighten up too much on the descent. 2 miles, maybe?

    I’ll have to do the math on how many repeats that is …

  17. Comment by ClydeinKS | 09.30.2016 | 8:36 am

    @DavidHarman best of luck to you on the Speedway. I’ve tried gaining access to the Kansas Motor Speedway and creating an event and expanded fundraising for Camp Kesem previously but never got word back. If you have an inside access point seriously look at spreading word and inviting others, imagine that paceline on the Speedway track! YAY 100 MON!!!

  18. Comment by Fred | 09.30.2016 | 9:24 am

    It’s time for the insanity to begin. What will I do for 100 MoN v.4.0??? Hmmmmm…

  19. Comment by Fredbob711 | 09.30.2016 | 1:26 pm

    Wanted to do the 100 MoN but was still trying to decide where to do it. The talk about motor speedways reminded me that St. Louis has an outdoor Velodrome. Not sure if I can take a road bike on it (I don’t own, nor have I ever ridden a fixed gear), but that could be… I don’t want to say fun lol. But memorable? Think I’m going to go e-mail the track people now and see what they think.

  20. Comment by Grego | 09.30.2016 | 2:38 pm

    To all Fat Cyclist subscribers and readers, please remember that Lance Armstrong is the arbiter of all that is righteous and good in sport. Consider carefully whether you should be paying any attention to Fatty if Lance doesn’t think it worthy. Do the right thing!

  21. Comment by onemoremile | 09.30.2016 | 2:48 pm

    Love the idea of a less expensive 100 MoN. Both my husband and I will be participating (because we can both afford the “entry fee”). This will be our first 100 MoN. What better way to christen our new Salsa Vayas. I think I know where we’re going to ride….some gravel road to somewhere.

    Can’t wait!

  22. Comment by onemoremile | 09.30.2016 | 2:50 pm

    WAIT! I’m riding a gravel road to NOWHERE!

  23. Comment by Don | 09.30.2016 | 2:52 pm

    Only because I know you want to get as many 100 MoN participants as possible, I would point out the Kamp Kesem hyperlink goes to the Pinnacle Podcast site, and November 11th is a Friday. I’m assuming you meant Nov. 12th.


  24. Comment by Eric Burgeson | 10.2.2016 | 5:24 am

    My addiction to this ride has been enabled, thank you.

  25. Comment by Tom in Albany | 10.3.2016 | 5:39 am

    Fatty? Does your t-shirt for 100MoN ‘G-i-t-D’?

  26. Comment by Eric Burgeson | 10.3.2016 | 9:34 am

    I opened the blog to register, and wait what did I see?
    The exact same post as yesterday, oh oh woe is me.
    I reloaded the page, holding out hope, maybe it’s a glitch
    but alas that same old post was there, staring right at me
    I read the post, word for word, to see if I’d mis-seen
    but alack, alas, and other stuff, oh oh woe is me
    oh oh woe is me

    (to the tune of Gilligan’s island)

  27. Comment by Tes | 10.3.2016 | 10:32 am

    5th year registered! Any chance of ordering a larger size women’s jersey?


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