So over the weekend, I used my REI dividend toward a new bike helmet. The one that I was wearing is about 10 years old. It’s been crashed twice, and it’s done many thousands of miles. It was time for a new one.
The helmet I came away with is awesome. It’s all swoopy and angled – it looks like a bike helmet Batman would wear (although his would be a custom carbon fiber job with lots of built in sensors and other cool stuff).
I was discussing the Batman-like qualities of my new helmet with a friend of mine with whom I am riding and he said I should get a laser-cut Bat Symbol and mount it to the front of the helmet.
“If I do that,” I said, “I’d want to ride as Fat Batman. And I don’t want to ride as Fat Batman. I don’t want to be Fat Batman in everyone’s Tour de Cure pictures. I don’t want to be ‘Fat Batman’ at all.”
He looked at me and just said “Why?”
And on the one hand, the answer is obvious. Among the many reasons I don’t walk around in spandex all the time, the highest ranked reason is “I have no desire to go around looking like a pint of sausage in a half-pint bag.”
But on the other hand… Fat Batman.
So I was talking about this on the show last night and I put it to the listening audience. I said if someone emailed me and said that yes, they thought I should be Fat Batman, then I would make them put their money where their mouth is.
I got an email.
Me and my big mouth. But I said it, and I’m going to stick to it.
I found a source for a spandex Adam West era Batman costume.
I upped my fundraising goal for the ride, from $500 to $1,000.
If I reach my fundraising goal of $1,000 (I’m already at $400), then yes, I will ride 100 miles on the Tour de Cure as Fat Batman.
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If you can’t donate, spread the word. Write your own posts, link to the donation page, write a song about it, whatever you have in mind. It’s probably the easiest way you’ll ever find of seriously embarrassing me in front of a large group of people.