Hello –

I forgot to mention this yesterday. It’s just an idea I have to bridge the period between when we stop riding because of cold weather and when we take up winter activities such as skiing and riding on trainers. It makes sense to be outside as much as possible and not indoors on Zwift or on a spinner or rollers. What do you think?

Okay, so here’s the plan, assuming the weekend weather is inclement for cycling. What about getting together in our running gear on Saturday/Sunday mornings at Sweet and Sassy at 8 am. We’ll run 5-10 kilometres at an easy pace on the Centennial Trail to Robert Simpson Park then to the Grove and around (the long way) to the high school track where we’ll do some laps and some intervals; from there, we’ll reverse directions and run/jog back to S&S for coffee. This is a tentative route only and it will evolve as we get run-fit. I expect the run time to be an hour or so or longer. TBD.

In any event, something to think about. It definitely will be warmer than cycling. If you’re interested, email arnpriorcycling@bell.net. If not, then, no problem; it’s just an idea. Always searching for the next big thing.

Ask yourself, where else would you rather be when the alarm rings on a weekend morning than in your track suit and running shoes jogging away the fatty bits? You know you’ll just want to be there.

What I’m listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uF9YayOgjRg    Alessia Cara

Okay, Stay fit, fine, firm always! Bye-bye, ac.

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“Running is nothing more than a series of arguments between the part of your brain that wants to stop and the part that wants to keep going.”

November 10/18: 63 Kms; 2 Hrs, 23; 476 Metres; Four Riders

Well, hello there.

Did you rollover in bed this morning and pull the pillow over your head to drown the roar of the wind? Did you jump out of bed with a bounce in your step and a song in your heart at the prospect of a new day.

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference. RF

How many indistinguishable moments in a lifetime? How many in a year, each slipping away unnoticed, unmarked, and unfulfilled? A long life is a short life – even Methuselah is dead. What does one, anyone, remember of lying in bed. It’s getting up and confronting the day that creates memories. We had such a day. It’s rare for a bicycle ride to disappoint. Pedalling is elemental, a simple pleasure reaching back into childhood, and freedom – before books and consequences.

Still, some rides are difficult, arduous even; and, are enjoyed in remembrance more than in actuality. To-day’s answer to “How was the ride?” was that this Blog is BS when it extols the virtues of cycling and understates the effort, written as it is in the warmth and comfort of a den and far removed from the real cold and wind and climbs and treacherous roads encountered. The reality, we worked hard into a heavy cross-head wind for much of the ride and had to negotiate tricky patches of ice and snow especially on Goshen. Our fingers and toes were tingling from the cold; the mind tingling with anticipation and the heart warm with the coursing blood of life.

The effort paid dividends, however, when we turned at Burnstown for White Lake and then SW for Arnprior. It doesn’t get better than this. Okay, fair enough, it was fun, I think. But thinking is insufficient to the experience. It’s the feeling that I recall/remember. And, that was great. Nothing quite like the afterglow of a hard effort, cheeks ablaze, hands cupped around a hot mug of coffee, apres ride chatter and banter filling the air. Ah, delicious memories to feast on down through the years.

All said, you guessed it; there will be no ride on Sunday.

Group riding – Mandatory Reading
https://www.bikeradar.com/road/gear/article/how-to-ride-in-a-group-44624/

Ask yourself, where else would you rather be when the alarm rings on a weekend morning than on your bicycle pedalling away the fatty bits? You know you’ll just want to be there.

What I’m listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6zaCV4niKk Cat Stevens

Okay, Stay fit, fine, firm always! Bye-bye, ac.

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Great things are done when men and mountains meet;
This is not done by jostling in the street. WB

BS Blog

Update … .

Hello. I’m writing this from the comfort of the Mamie Clafoutis Wesboro Boulangerie – a very nice place. I’m sipping a hot americano and munching a pumpkin muffin. I’m thinking of the morrow. My bicycle is in the capable hands of Alistair at Cyclelogik. I await his welcoming text telling me all is well. Alas, all is not well. I just heard what I didn’t want to hear; and while I love Campagnolo, not today. So, no bike but no issues, as in N+1. As the Scout’s say, Be Prepared. Smile, breathe, and go slowly.

Snow is falling and the wind has kicked up. It’s definitely not cycling weather. But, we are nothing if not intrepid wanderers impatient for our next cycling fix. And, like a battery with only one terminal attached, we don’t spark until connected with two feet to our alfresco passion. These are now the days of dwindling light, gloominess, and cold. It’s not easy to saddle-up these mornings but it’s worth the effort. ‘Trust me’ just like Richard Nixon said. You won’t be disappointed.

Plug yourself into the moment. You’ll be alive and alert, and happy.

Here’s the tentative plan for Saturday:

Sweet & Sassy Sweet & Sassy 8:00 am 8:00 am(two minute rule in force) Ride to Burnstown via RR and L-W and Goshen; home via McLeod, McLaughlin, W-L for a total distance of 64 kms/476 metres. No coffee until back at S&S. Weather as of now, full sunshine from 7 am to 10 am; winds SW 30+; Temperature +1. Dress accordingly. Hope to see you there.

NB: Check for an updated blog post by 6:30 am in the event of cancellation of the ride.

Group riding – Mandatory Reading
https://www.bikeradar.com/road/gear/article/how-to-ride-in-a-group-44624/

Ask yourself, where else would you rather be when the alarm rings on Saturday morning than on your bicycle pedalling away the fatty bits? You know you’ll just want to be there.

What I’m listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIXh0JNvuHs Tracey  Chapman

Okay, Stay fit, fine, firm always! Bye-bye, ac.

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May 24/08 Pembroke Bound

November 04/18: 75 Kms; 2 Hrs, 29; 542 Metres; Four Riders

Yes, you read that correctly. The date says November 04. What’s with that? Awesome, really, once we saddled-up and got moving down Russet and felt the full rays of the sun on our backs. Every kilometre brought us closer to pleasure and before long we experienced the pure, simple joy of riding (again) with like-minded friends. Yes, it was cool but only marginally. By the time we reached the Crevier, we had to stop to shed outer layers. Faces aglow and spirits high we carried on, knowing the pace and climbs would keep us warm. It was perfect. Well, it would have been perfect if I were twenty years younger, had fresh legs, and a stout heart. Still, I had good companions looking after me and we made a merry (small) group of cohesive cyclists. It was great, especially given the time of year – a day stolen, you might say; a gift from November to remind us that even the bleakest month has its delicious fruits. You know, you just should have been there.

Kudos to Joe, who is all-go all the time – strong, fit, powerful; and thanks to Steve for driving down from Pembroke and whose steady wheel is always a delight to follow; and, to Cathy, too. Words don’t capture her tenacity, amazing drive, wattage, and radiance.

Okay, next weekend is looking favourable for riding. Stay tuned for  updates later in the week.

Group riding – Mandatory Reading
https://www.bikeradar.com/road/gear/article/how-to-ride-in-a-group-44624/

Ask yourself, where else would you rather be when the alarm rings on weekend mornings than on your bicycle pedalling away the fatty bits? Hey, X-mas is coming and food will be plentiful and resolve inadequate for the occasion.

What I’m listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTIu4UbkK94   Bonnie Rait

Okay, Stay fit, fine, firm always! Bye-bye, ac.

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“You can’t buy happiness but you can buy a bicycle and that’s pretty close.”

Burnstown Brethren

Hello. Where have you been? Or, is that your question. Does it matter? No. What matters is that we go forward and not backwards.

The RLCT is scheduled for June 08/09. If it’s not already on your calendar, pencil it in now. We’ll begin our official training programme on May 04/05. This gives us 10 weekend training days before the event itself. That’s not enough so we’ll hit the road running with 100+ kilometre rides right from the get-go. We’ll also include a couple of trips to the Gatineau to toughen the legs.

Let’s hope April is warm and dry. It’s likely to be wet and cool, making group rides a hit and miss affair. Regardless come May, it’s pedal to the metal.

You might say this advance notice is too early. Perhaps. But, I also invite you to consider skate skiing to maintain and improve your cardio fitness. That way you’ll arrive in April fitter than ever. Snow is around the corner and xcountry skiing, of whatever kind, is more fun and less arduous than cycling indoors – in my opinion.

Okay, that was a great season of cycling, thanks in part to the incredible weather. If you rode with us, many thanks for bringing your joie de vivre each weekend. The sun is within us; let it shine through. One candle lights many.

Here’s the tentative plan for Sunday (no kidding):

Stinsons 8:00 am 8:00 am(two minute rule in force) Ride to Neat Cafe or Carp to see Alice, depending upon the wind direction. Total kilometres expected to be on the 70-90 km range. Relaxed pace in comparison to the rides during peak season. Weather will be cool but sunny. Dress accordingly. Hope to see you there.

Group riding – Mandatory Reading
https://www.bikeradar.com/road/gear/article/how-to-ride-in-a-group-44624/

Ask yourself, where else would you rather be when the alarm rings on Sunday morning than on your bicycle pedalling away the fatty bits? You know you’ll just want to be there.

What I’m listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcJbzuyp6VY  C King

Okay, Stay fit, fine, firm always! Bye-bye, ac.

Look forward to hearing from you at arnpriorcycling@bell.nethttps://arnpriorcycling.blog;  

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AC Jersey WIP

Hello –

Just informing my readers that I’m suspending updates to the Blog until further notice.

I will not be providing route, venue, time or other information about weekend rides, effective immediately.

FYI, I started the Blog in August 2012. I’ve posted 435 times. The Blog has had 6376 visitors and 27135 views.

The Blog has had some success in bringing new cyclists to the weekend group-rides at Stinsons. I say some success but not a big success, given the effort involved to create the Blog two to three times a week from April to October. I now leave it to others to continue to promote the group rides as they see fit.

To those that have commented on the ‘posts’ from time to time, I say thank you. I always appreciated hearing from you, even the criticism. Indifference is the worst criticism, really. To those that actually read what I wrote with all the grammatical errors and typos, I say thank you. I even thank those that merely skipped to ‘the tentative ride’ section.

My Blog posts have ended.

So, we’ll go no more a roving
   So late into the night,
Though the heart be still as loving,
   And the moon be still as bright.
For the sword outwears its sheath,
   And the soul wears out the breast,
And the heart must pause to breathe,
   And love itself have rest.
Though the night was made for loving,
   And the day returns too soon,
Yet we’ll go no more a roving
   By the light of the moon.  LB
You can reach me at arnpriorcycling@bell.net. I’d be happy to pass your name and email to the new coordinator in due course.
Okay, Stay fit, fine, firm always! Bye-bye, ac.

September 03/18: 94 Kms; 3 hrs, 04; 608 Metres Four Riders (M, E, B, H); 94 Kms;  2 Hrs, 54; 608 Metres; Three Riders (C, J, N)

September 02/18: 92 Kms; 2 Hrs, 59; 517 Metres; Three Riders (C, J, N): 84 Kms; 2 Hrs, 57; 500 Metres; One Rider (H)

September 01/18: 94 Kms; 3 Hrs, 38; 1671 Metres; Three Riders (M, B, H): 51 Kms; 1 Hrs, 37; 308 Metres; Two Riders (K, J)

Okay, I’m back in the loop. Buy hey, that’s way too much information but it gives you an idea of the variety of rides on offer and the different priorities and personal circumstances of the riders in choosing one ride over another. It also reflects the time commitment of the riders. Not everyone has a long leash or the wants to escape domestic confines. And, some riders like to hit the snooze button while others like to get up and at it. We each have differing expectations, too; for example, some of us favour the Saturday Gatineau rides and others do not.

In the past, we’ve tried to be flexible, by finding the middle ground. This is now becoming difficult as riders voice their opinion on what suits them best. Hey, that’s democracy.

Perspective is a matter of the lens and the frame from which we view the world. For example, both the early (6:30 am) and the late (7:30 am) riders stated they made the right call this morning; and, they wondered why the others chose differently. Both groups were satisfied on all accounts. This got us thinking that there’s merit in being more accommodating by way of offering a greater choice of ride times – one at 6:30/7 am, the other at 7:30/8 to attract a larger number of potential participants. This may also result in bringing new cyclists to the weekend rides. By my count, there is an even split among the regulars between a desire to ride early – M,R,Kev,T,B,E,H; or, late – K,J,N,C,A,S. To simplify, we could have a designated ‘leader’ for each group to coordinate and to set routes, coffee stops, etc. Something to consider.

Group riding – Mandatory Reading
https://www.bikeradar.com/road/gear/article/how-to-ride-in-a-group-44624/

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Ask yourself, where else would you rather be when the alarm rings on weekend mornings than on your bicycle pedalling away the fatty bits? You know you’ll just want to be there.

What I’m listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rd8VktT8xY   Eva Cassidy

Okay, Stay fit, fine, firm always! Bye-bye, ac.

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“God is either of no importance, or of supreme importance.” Abraham J Hesche

“Men have called me mad, but the question is not settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest of intelligence.” Edgar Alan Poe