Fatty’s Fat Cyclist Fake News Service recently published a story about Lance Armstrong’s return to pro cycling. What I found particularly noteworthy about this blog post is one of the notes at the bottom citing Fatty’s interview in the September 2008 issue of Cycling Utah.
It wasn’t like I read the article and was in shock and awe and thinking, “Man, this guy is incredible!” or, “Man, this guy is a freak!” No, what I found interesting was the fact that I completely understood his [cycling related] answers not because of my superior reading ability, but the fact that I share that lifestyle.
I would like to comment that Fatty, also known as Elden Nelson, provided a picture that makes him look like he could play a pharaoh in a movie or play. It might be the hair, or lack of.
I read the whole article and really enjoyed it. As I stated, there is so much I understood because, as a cyclist in a tight-knit cycling community, I live it. Most importantly, I understand how cycling simply makes life bearable. After Monday’s frightening event, I found Tuesday’s commute and cyclocross workout to not only calm me, but bring me joy as well. I was happy.
The Fat Cyclist interview ended with some words by Elden that I especially find true this week:
Cycling is like a big reset button for me. It will take the pressures of the day, whether job or family, or concerns about medical stuff, and let me put them into prospective. Itâ€™s more than that, though. Itâ€™s a social thing, itâ€™s how I stay current with my good friends. Itâ€™s a thinking thing. I have had lots of job-related good ideas on the bike, maybe more good job-related ideas on the bike than I have anywhere else. It gives a chance to be clear. And more than anything else, itâ€™s just fun. Itâ€™s such a rare thing for me to come back at the end of a bike ride and think â€œThat wasnâ€™t very much fun.â€ There is always a highlight out there. Whether itâ€™s seeing some deer on the side of the road or seeing a fox or badger out on the trail. You see stuff, you do stuff and youâ€™re with people you like. Youâ€™re exercising and, really, there is just nothing that compares.