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Stories

16 Feb

In just a couple days I’ve received over 100 stories (thanks for spreading the word Fatty!) from folks around the world who claim to be ordinary. Truth be told they are all far from ordinary. I’ve read every single one of them over the long weekend and have now responded to everyone that submitted something prior to today. I’ll get back to everyone, eventually.

I thought I’d share a couple of the stories to give you an idea of who our future team riders are, I’m keeping them anonymous for now.

As an eight year old I lost my right leg to cancer. In 2006, I rode 6580km across Canada to raise money for kids with cancer. I can ride forever, but slowly.This year that’s changing. I will no longer be the tortoise, but the hare (I do like to nap). I’m starting racing. Of course, I only have half the “engine” of a regular racer, but I have more desire and determination.I’ve raced once; I finished 1201 of 1204. No excuses; results must improve. I’m competing in the same race, and will ride ‘cross in the fall. I will be in the top 900 this year, and in the top 75% in ‘cross. I won’t ever win, I can guarantee that. But I’ll become a smart racer, who will fight like hell for every position and love every agonizing moment.

And this:

I weighed 325 pounds last January. I weigh 268 today. Not the biggest person in the world but big enough. In November, I will complete a 1/2 Ironman. After suffering through years of depression and struggling with suicidal tendencies, I have come along way. Far enough that I am now EXCITED to live and EXCITED to be as healthy as I can be. I am not pursuing these things for the sake of accomplishment. I am doing this for life. I am doing this to prove that mental illness doesn’t have to win. That being “morbidly obese” doesn’t meen death. I am doing this for my wife and son – so that I live to see them grow old and so that we can grow old together.I am 30 years old, morbidly obese and overcoming clinical depression but seeking the journey of a lifetime.A 1/2 Ironman is hard enough for a fit man. It is near impossible for someone of my size. Losing another 75-90 pounds will not only be crucial, it is vital to the accomplishment.

I need to go back and edit part of the “press release” for the team. The part where I say, “We will be there when you fall down, first to laugh at you and then give you a hand up, a dusting off and a gentle push onward.” I won’t be laughing, I’ll be cheering, jumping up and down and making a complete fool of myself.

What’s crazy is that all of the submissions are compelling. I have no idea how to get to just 10 team members.

Team CarboRocket

11 Feb
Team CarboRocket is looking for a few good, ordinary folks who are on the verge of doing something extraordinary. You may not even know what that extraordinary thing is yet, but you can feel it burning inside of you.  Hopefully, you already enjoy cycling, be it on the road or mountain.

Team membership is open to anyone who’s interested in doing something big. You may be a total novice or a seasoned veteran, we care not.  What we do care about is that — whatever your extraordinary goal may be — there is an enormous gap between where you are now and achieving that goal.  Maybe you are overweight. Maybe you have never ridden even a tenth the distance you’re hoping to ride. Maybe you’re missing a limb or two.  Whatever hurdle you have to reaching your goal should make you dig very deep.

If this isn’t clear here’s an example:  You are currently an expert level mountain biker with a resume stacked with impressive finishes and maybe even some sponsors and you want to finish the Leadville 100 mountain bike race because you’ve never done it.  Sorry, not digging deep enough, no need to apply.

If, however, you’re a sport-level mountain biker and you’ve been thinking that the Great Divide Race is a little bit too short and you think it’s about time somebody rides from Canada to Mexico and then back, well yeah. We’d like to hear more.

What’s in it for you?  You will be supported and sponsored by none other than Ibis Cycles in conjunction with Bingham Cyclery, CarboRocket sports drink, Ritchey components and the ever humble FatCyclist.com.  We can’t divulge exactly what awesome deals and swag you will be getting from each of these sponsors because we are still trying to figure out what Fatty is contributing. Maybe he’ll publish your stories. Maybe he’ll give you his super-secret recipe for quiche. It’s hard to say for sure. But we will say that you will like being sponsored by us.  A lot.

What’s in it for us?  We love a good story and we want to follow yours, from ordinary to extraordinary. We will be there when you fall down, first, to laugh at you and then give you a hand up, a dusting off and a gentle push onward.  You will keep us apprised of your progress and ultimately your attempt at completing your extraordinary goal by updating your story at regular intervals on the team blog.

We want at least half the team to be women and total team members to be 10.  We don’t want your entire story just yet, only 150 words or less.  You need to tell us a compelling snippet of your story including who you are, what extraordinary thing it is you want to accomplish and why it will be so challenging. Email your 150 words to Brad@carborocket.com. The sponsors will then pick 10 people with the most compelling stories to make up the Team.

And then we’ll come up with a cool secret handshake or something.  We look forward to hearing your outrageously cool idea. Oh yeah, there is a one week deadline for consideration.  You have until February 19, Midnight to submit your snippet.
Love,
Team CarboRocket

Chuck-A-Rama

15 Jan

I had lunch with Chuck Ibis aka Scot Nicol of Ibis and Fatty, the only two people alive that know the true identity of BikeSnobNYC. They wouldn’t talk about that but couldn’t shut up about anything else. Seriously, non-stop chatter boxes those two.

Chuck/Scot wanted us to come to Ogden for lunch. “You been to Ogden before?” I asked Fatty. “No, you?” We have both driven past Ogden many times and maybe through Ogden, we’re not sure.

25th Street is the main drag in downtown Ogden and Scot has an old building that he has remodeled into a couple of really nice rental units. Turns out Scot has adopted Ogden as his 2nd home and has a vested interest in everything Ogden. As a matter of fact, if you need to know anything about Ogden just ask Scot.

After giving us the grand tour we ended up having lunch at the Sonora Grill. Fantastic place! The owner even made guacamole for us at our table. I’m definitely going back but will leave Fatty home next time as he was stealing guacamole from other tables.  Embarrassing.

Whenever there was a lull in conversation, and trust me theses dudes can talk, I tried to get some questions in. As best as I can remember here is how the questions went down:

Me: Scot were you at the Bayou on Monday?

Scot: Yeah, how’d you know? Some dude was staring me down and making me nervous, almost called the cops.

Me: That was Mark Kennedy, mostly harmless local celebrity stalker.

Me: What’s up with Ogden? Why Ogden?

Scot: It’s a long story but I have roots here, as a matter of fact, a great great great grandfather way down the line was part of Brigham Young’s inner circle right up until he disagreed with what was going down at Mountain Meadows and he then had a bounty on his head for 20 years.

Me: Whoa!

Scot then spent an hour taking me and Elden on a walking tour of Ogden telling us its history, the present state of affairs and the future, yep, he can see the future and it’s Ogden.

Me: What’s your favorite Ibis model ever?

Scot and Elden at the same time and before the question was out of my mouth: Ti Mojo hardtail.

There were other questions and answers but I took a blood oath not to share.  Suffice it to say Scot has something in the works that will “blow your mind”.  That’s what he said.

I’ll share some more of my plans and how they involve Scot and Fatty just as soon as I figure out exactly what the plan is.  Stay tuned and if you want to visit the coolest little city in Northern Utah check out Ogden.  Really.

Have you seen my hair lately? Damn!

We Have A Winner

18 Aug

According to Random.org (very cool little site if you haven’t seen it before, check it out) Rick Maddox is the winner of the year supply of CarboRocket. Congratulations Mr. Maddox. Thanks to everyone who participated in the drawing to raise money for Livestrong.

I have another drawing coming up that you will definitely want to be a part of so keep your browsers pointed here.

Mr. Maddox check your email and let me know what flavors you want and I’ll ship the years supply all at once or you can come by the house to pick it up, give you an excuse to stop by and say hi.

Living Strong

7 Aug

The last 24 hours have been really hard for a lot of people.  I personally have never had anyone that close to me pass away.  Its been cause for a lot of reflection and mourning.

If there is one thing that I’ve learned from Susan and Elden during their battle with cancer it’s what does it mean to Live Strong.

Since it all began I’ve told Elden over and over again, “I don’t know how you do it.”  He just keeps on keeping on.  the dude is amazingly strong and brings that strength to everything he does.

Susan lived strong and Elden continues to live strong.  I hope to live a little bit stronger having known them both.

Philly Tibbble

24 Jul

Those words sound really good together and Tibbble is so cool it should have 3 b’s.  While the locations couldn’t be further apart they are closely related.

I signed up as a fundraiser for Livestrong Philly team like a decade ago as a member of Team Fatty of course.   After riding Tibbble with Elden today I remembered that the Philly ride is only 30 days away.

Elden in wonderland:

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I work well under pressure and get a lot of shit done when the heat is on.  It’s on.  Good thing I am a high functioning procrastinator I only have 30 days until the big ride to raise at least $250.

Here’s the deal:  Every $5 donation gets you a chance to win a years supply of CarboRocket in whatever flavors you want (a $250 value value)  Just click here or the pink Fatcyclist jersey in the side bar and you are on your way.  It’s only $5 and it goes towards a great cause, you should donate anyway, and as an added bonus you will have the most exceptional odds of winning a years supply of CarboRocket shipped right to your door.

You only have until August 15th so get donating and if you want to ride Tibbble remember to bring gears, even Rick and Sam had to walk.

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Win Susan!

Jersey Review

27 Oct

I haven’t been attending my church meetings on a regular basis lately but I’ve made it to the church of the Blue Dome several days in a row.

Yesterday my Church attire consisted of my brand new FatCyclist jersey. I have to say it is the most comfortable jersey I have ever worn. It’s silky soft, breathes great, fits perfectly and most importantly it looks great on me. Get one.

As much as I like the looks of the original orange Fatcyclist jersey that I wear all the time it happens to be the most uncomfortable jersey I have ever worn. I think it’s made of canvas tent fabric from a Springbar tent which is great for UV and wind protection but it sure is hot and stuffy. It can even stand up on its own.

Props to Twinsix and Fatty for getting the latest jersey perfect. I think I’ll order a couple more.

I’m In Debt

23 Jul

Debt will make you do desperate things, like respond to being being tagged. Under normal circumstances I would never respond to a game of tag but when you are in the red as much as I am with Elden (he does my laundry and takes me to lunch once a week) you are left with no choice. And besides, who wants to be a leper?

I violated one of my own self-imposed blogging rules for this post. I can barely write more than 4 paragraphs in a single post let alone read that many paragraphs. I barely made it through Elden’s entry. So, I’ll try to keep my answers to a minimum just in case I decide to ever re-read this post.

If you could have any one — and only one — bike in the world, what would it be?

Got it. Vassago Jabberwocky.

Do you already have that coveted dream bike? If so, is it everything you hoped it would be? If not, are you working toward getting it? If you’re not working toward getting it, why not?

What? I just told you.

If you had to choose one — and only one — bike route to do every day for the rest of your life, what would it be, and why?

Gooseberry Mesa.

What kind of sick person would force another person to ride one and only one bike ride to to do for the rest of her / his life?

A creditor.

Do you ride both road and mountain bikes? If both, which do you prefer and why? If only one or the other, why are you so narrowminded?

Ride both, prefer mountain. Being narrow minded makes life so much easier.

Have you ever ridden a recumbent? If so, why? If not, describe the circumstances under which you would ride a recumbent.

No. I’d love to try one out if given the chance.

Have you ever raced a triathlon? If so, have you also ever tried strangling yourself with dental floss?

Yes. No. I was once the very last person out of the water. Forgetting your goggles will do that.

Suppose you were forced to either give up ice cream or bicycles for the rest of your life. Which would you give up, and why?

Ice cream. I never eat it anyway, how do you think I maintain my girlish figure?

What is a question you think this questionnaire should have asked, but has not? Also, answer it.

Why are roadies more uptight and serious than mountain bikers? They don’t get to ride in the mud as often as mountain bikers.

You’re riding your bike in the wilderness (if you’re a roadie, you’re on a road, but otherwise the surroundings are quite wilderness-like) and you see a bear. The bear sees you. What do you do?

Make sure Elden is between me and the bear.

Now, tag three biking bloggers. List them below.

I Need To Work On My Transitions

23 Jun

In spite of the fact that I haven’t done a triathalon for several years, Saturday morning found me feeling pretty good about placing well at Fatty’s inaugural tri. I had the usual butterflies and stomach issues that I get before any race.

At the start I was eying the competition and checking out the quads of my fellow racers for any potential carrots to chase.

I marked a few and then worked on my race strategy for the remaining minutes before the start. my usual plan is take it out hard and try to demoralize the competition but Saturday was an especially hot day and I knew the race was going to be long so I practiced restraint and started out towards the back of the pack.

My strategy was working great untill I hit the first transition, sliding rock. I’m pretty sure I can blame my poor overall placing on my transition time at the slide. I must have lost half an hour or more there.

I pretty much gave up after that and limped it to the finish line.

A huge thanks to Fish and Fatty for throwing such a good a party complete with killer food, a live DJ and a raffle. The biggest thanks goes to Susan for sharing her Saturday with us. I have a feeling this will be an annual festival.

Win Susan

8 May

A lot of people have asked me how they can help Elden and Susan with the battle they are fighting. Thanks to Kenny Jones it’s pretty easy.

Kenny has set up a trust account at his bank that is linked to a PayPal donation account at WinSusanNelson@gmail.com

Elden and Susan can use the funds at their discretion and nobody needs to guess at what they might need.

You don’t even need a PayPal account to help out, just click on the donate button at Kenny’s Photo and use a credit card.

Elden and Susan and family, we love you! You and your family are in our thoughts and hearts. Keep fighting!