racing weekend

chlonette things
  • mari: so i was thinking…
    • chloe: no i am not sneaking you into christian louboutin’s hotel suite so you can interrogate him
  • between the two of them, marinette is the impulse control and chloe is the “stop overthinking for two seconds you’re giving me a fucking headache” control 
  • chloe isn’t touchy feely so much as she’ll just straight up drape her entire body over marinette’s lap without even asking and demand attention
    • marinette is so unfazed at this point. she just lifts up whatever she’s doing, rests it on top of chloe, and strokes her hair so she’ll stop complaining
  • chloe stopped throwing out her old clothes and started giving them to marinette since she likes ripping them up and repurposing the fabric to make something else 
    • she made a really cute blouse out of chloe’s old dress pants and she’s still not 100% sure how marinette even managed that
  • marinette is one of three people who knows about chloe’s ridiculous sweet tooth so marinette learns to hide unmarked bags of chocolate croissants in chloe’s locker so no one finds out about her snacking in between classes
  • chloe took marinette as a free guest to one of her spinning classes and no one is sure what happened during this class but now the two of them have intense bike races on the weekends that adrien has been forced to referee
    • alya comes sometimes to commentate because she finds them hilarious
  • chloe won’t ever admit to this, but marinette says that chloe promised her she’d be one of her first investors if she ever decided to open up a boutique because “even a colorblind halfwit can see how talented you are”
  • marinette somehow figured out a way to bribe chloe into doing her own homework, but whenever sabrina asks how she did it, marinette just shrugs and tells her to ask chloe
    • chloe of course blushes immediately, turns away, and says that it’s none of anyone’s business
  • chloe: you’re the only person i would ever allow to punch me in the face because i respect you as a rival 
    • mari, tearing up: that’s literally the nicest thing you’ve ever said to me

The Iditarod National Historic Trail in Alaska encompasses a 1,500-mile system of winter trails that first connected ancient Alaska Native villages, opened up Alaska for the gold rush and now plays a vital role for travel and recreation. Maintained by the Bureau of Land Management, the trail is now mostly closely identified with the famous annual sled dog race. The race, which started this weekend, challenges the racer and the 21 dog team with harsh conditions across rugged, but beautiful terrain. Photo by Kevin Keeler, Bureau of Land Management (@mypubliclands).

So last night I watched a really interesting interview with Mark Arnall (Kimi’s Personal Trainer) and he had some interesting things to say....

-At the start of his career when he worked for Mika, he lived in his spare bedroom with Mika’s pet tortoise, Carolina.

-Kimi is very specific about his driving stuff. He has a favourite pair of boots and gloves that, on a race weekend, Mark must carry with him at all times. 

-He also mentioned in another interview that if there is a scratch or finger smudge on his [race] car windscreen, Kimi cannot drive the car until they replace it completely.

-Mark treats his drivers like princes. Mark believes it’s his priority to keep track of flight details, know hotel bookings, the  PR schedule, rental cars, dietary arrangements etc. And all Kimi has to do is text him, “When do we have to leave?”

-Mika once got fed up of saying “Yes” to stupid questions and asked Mark for advice on what to say. Mark told him to say “Does a bear shit in the woods?” “Is the pope a catholic?” The next time Mika was asked a stupid question he said, “Does the pope shit in the woods?” and everyone was laughing so he gave Mark a thumbs up!

-Kimi is very motivated and dedicated to his training. When he started to play badminton with Mark he watched Mark play his friends first to gauge what kind of player Mark was. Mark beat Kimi easy, so in between their sessions Kimi practiced until he was able to beat Mark.

- Kimi is so confident in his badminton game, that once when he was playing Seb, he bet him that he could have his Ferrari Enzo if Seb won. (He didn’t)

-Kimi can no longer do as much weights training as he used to because Mark says Kimi bulks up very quickly and the new F1 regs on lower driver weight means Kimi can’t afford to put on the muscule. (Which explains alot b/c Kimi isn’t as muscly as he used to be.)

-Kimi trains very hard and will row on the rowing machine until he’s nearly sick. (And in fact, once he did vomit.)

-Kimi is nothing like the cold & unfeeling person we see on the track and away from the track he does get angry at his bad results but is also a completely different nice guy. (But then, we already knew that didn’t we?)

-Most importantly, Mark loves his job and the travelling. When Kimi was out of F1 for 2 years, Mark said he missed the people in the paddock lots.


Modern au Sprace headcanon that Race works weekends in a supermarket and Spot plays the game where you try to freak out the cashier by buying a really weird selection of things, like duct tape, cable ties and High School Musical on Blu Ray and nothing else. At first Race is vaguely terrified but he catches on after a couple of weeks and usually just laughs at whatever Spot comes up with.
But then one week Spot’s had enough of borderline flirting with Race so he puts nothing but a box of extra-large condoms and a bottle of lube on the till and says ‘sorry but I can’t seem to find where you keep your number’
There’s a beat of silence before Race laughs so hard someone has to take over his till whilst he has a break
He gives Spot his number, though