Hello –

Tomorrow’s ride is a change from our usual offerings for a Saturday. We’re going to check out some new roads on a scenic, undulating course with lots of hills and curves, just like your high school sweetheart or, at least, your fading memory of her. All to say, the topography is exciting, and ideal for cycling.

I look forward to seeing everyone again, including perhaps some riders who’ve been absent for a while. This is an interesting and adventurous route not to be missed. You know, you’ll just want to be there.

Important Stuff – Tentative Plan:

When/Who: August 08/20: ArnpriorCycling
Start: 7:00 am start Burnstown at the United Church parking lot (Approval received from Rev Kim)
Where: Burnstown to Eganville
Description: 107 (?) kms of rolling countryside
Coffee Stops: None
Weather: Sunny; Temp 15-24C
Wind: South, SE, E, W, NW ?? – all over the map 10-15 kms/hr

Okay, stay fit, firm, fine – always.

Take Note: Burnstown United Church  for a 7 am Start

Contact:
– arnpriorcycling@bell.net
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“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – hm

Hello –

At the risk of proposing another ride that doesn’t suit anyone, I’m giving it another try to-day. I say this knowing that some of you may be riding with Joe and Perry in Lanark. That’s a beautiful county for cycling so if that’s your plan that’s great. You’ll enjoy it, I can vouch for that.

For those of you hanging around these parts, there is a threat of rain but the temperature and humidity will be high. That means road spray and wet legs and wet clothing but no cold weather to deal with. Also, the rain is likely to be scattered showers. Sunday’s weather as of now is not looking good.

I’ll check the forecast and look outside in the morning and I’ll do a Blog Post to confirm or to cancel the group ride. I’ll send the Post by 6 am.

Important Stuff – Tentative Plan:

When/Who: July  11/20: ArnpriorCycling
Start: 7:30 am Start from Stinsons
Where: Carp via W-L and Pakenham, Panmure, Stonecrest
Description: 91 kms of rolling countryside
Coffee Stops: None
Weather: Scattered rain; Temp 24-26C
Wind: NE 12-20

Okay, stay fit, firm, fine – always.

Contact:
– arnpriorcycling@bell.net
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– WP arnpriorcycling.blog

Let the rain kiss you/ Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops/Let the rain sing you a lullaby/The rain makes still pools on the sidewalk/The rain makes running pools in the gutter/The rain plays a little sleep song on our roof at night/And I love the rain.    Langston Hughes

Hello –

Well, right off, let me apologise for being out of touch with reality. No sane person starts cycling at 5:45 am from P3 on Canada Day. Well, I did but I guess that’s the point. I’m missing a few marbles. This was a ludicrous idea (for everyone else) for which I apologise. I should have had more thought for my cycling companions and less for myself when I set the start time. I failed to consider the adverse effect an early start would have on those travelling from out of town. I hope this mea culpa will encourage you to join us again. I apologise for my self centered approach to organising the group rides. I will try harder in future to accommodate the many and varied interests of the group.

You can help me by providing feedback directly rather than just summarily making changes to the start time without prior consultation. I would appreciate that.

Regarding the group’s historical name, I won’t be using it. The BLM movement and Indigenous concerns around the historical use of incendiary language have brought to light the negative consequences and harmful effects of entrenching objectionable words into everyday parlance. I hope you agree. I’m not stating this as a moral high ground issue. If you choose to continue to use the name and to wear the jerseys that’s your prerogative and it’s not for me to say it’s right or wrong for you. I’ll respect your choice and not comment. This has been a topic in the past but recent events have brought it to the foreground again.

Important Stuff – Tentative Plan:

When/Who: July  04/20: ArnpriorCycling.
Start: 7:30 am P3  Gatineau; if this doesn’t suit, we could try 8 am. But, barring objection, it’s 7:30 for now.
Where: Three Loops – Black’s x2; FLP x1, Lookout x3
Description: 87 kms of rolling countryside/ 1250 Metres
Coffee Stops: None
Weather: A mix of sun and cloud; Temp mid twenties
Wind: Not a factor because we’ll be climbing

So, this is a great route up to the Lookout. It gives us maximum climbing and good distance for the time spent cycling. Basically, we ride from P3 up Pink and up Black’s to the Lookout; then, we cycle down the FLP all the way round to the junction with GP and CP to start our second ride up Black’s to the Lookout; from there we ride down the FLP all the way to P8 before turning around and climbing back up the FLP to the Lookout; from there we ride down Black’s to the junction with GP; at that point we turn left for about two kilometres to take in another climb before we we turn for home. Total time will be 3 hours+/- a few minutes. That’s a medium length ride to afford a good training effect. It’s hard effort but most of us have ridden the Gatineau a few times and it shouldn’t present any major difficulty. The biggest obstacle will be heat and humidity.

You may ask why Black’s twice. For my money, it provides the best bang for the drive to the Gatineau. We go for the climbs, after all.

If a remote start doesn’t appeal, let me know. I can devise an alternative option.

As noted a few weeks ago, I won’t be posting details of Sunday rides. FYI.

Okay, stay fit, firm, fine – always.

Contact:
– arnpriorcycling@bell.net
– Twitter a@arnpriorcycling
– IG @arnpriorcycling
– WP arnpriorcycling.blog

“If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month.” tr

Hello –

This may not suit everyone or anyone that’s why I’m sending it out early so you can plan accordingly. I hope you can join me on Wednesday for a great ride in the Gatineau, an absolute top of the line venue for road cycling. I think it a go-to place to ride at least once or twice a week, if that suits your schedule.

We could also make it an annual tradition to cycle the Gats every July 01, as a way to celebrate Canada Day. Next year (when  COVID19 is history), we might even be able to celebrate with a beer afterwards!

However, if the prospect doesn’t appeal or you have other plans or you would rather ride locally with others that’s fine. Everyone has to choose his own path and compatible companions. My choice may not suit you.

Important Stuff – Tentative Plan:

When/Who: July  01/20: ArnpriorCycling/MAFIA
Start: 5:45 am P3  Gatineau 5:45 am Start from P3
Where: Three Loops – Black’s x2; FLP x1, Lookout x3
Description: 83 kms of rolling countryside
Coffee Stops: None
Weather: >>>>>Sunny; Temp 08-17C
Wind: >>>>>>NE Light. Haha

The early start will allow us to avoid the crowds and get us back to Arnprior around 10 am(?). On the other hand if you’re not in favour of the 5:45 am start, what time would suit? The earlier the better, given it’s the National Holiday and the park will be busy. Also, the temperatures will be in the mid twenties. Still, I’d rather enjoy company than cycle alone.

Okay, stay fit, firm, fine – always.

Contact:
– arnpriorcycling@bell.net
– Twitter a@arnpriorcycling
– IG @arnpriorcycling
– WP arnpriorcycling.blog

Filed under Mind Blowing

“According to some Jewish traditions, Adam and Eve were created by God on Friday morning, September 26, 3760 B.C. They were given life (according to tradition) several hours before sunset.”

Hello –

I won’t be at Stinsons this weekend.

All is well. Just reevaluating my cycling goals in light of the potential negative effects of hard exercise on endurance athletes, especially when pushing the extreme limits of cardiac output. There is mounting evidence of atherosclerosis and atrial fibrous of the heart from overuse. This is not the most recent report but there are several others. I do enjoy the group riding but find that my heart rate to keep up is considerably higher (as a % of MHR) than my younger cycling companions and thus subjecting myself to greater physiological stress.

” …. any athlete can develop overuse injuries in their joints, there is concern that endurance athletes may also develop training related cardiac injury. Moderate exercise is well established as better for health than a sedentary lifestyle but vigorous exercise may prove to be harmful in some individuals.”

“Just like any other muscle, athletic activity modifies the heart in predictable ways. These changes are structural, functional and electrical.”

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2018-08-left-atrial-fibrosis-arrhythmias-athletes.html

The Mayo Clinic has published similar research.

Not wanting to be alarmist, of course. This study and others are mostly relevant to susceptible individuals. So, if you’re not susceptible, you’re probably okay.

Weather forecast looks good, however. For those of you riding have fun and safe cycling.

I’ll leave it to KO to send an email, or not.

Important Stuff  – Check back another time

Okay, stay fit, firm, fine – always.

Contact:
– arnpriorcycling@bell.net
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“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.” jrt

Hello –

I regret that I’m not available to ride this weekend – errands in Ottawa.

KO may send an email later this afternoon, possibly.

Important Stuff  – Check back on June 26

Okay, stay fit, firm, fine – always.

Contact:
– arnpriorcycling@bell.net
– Twitter a@arnpriorcycling
– IG @arnpriorcycling
– WP arnpriorcycling.blog

Strawberry Picking
She picked strawberries with her teeth,
Red stains on lips blushed by the sweet taste
Of ripe fruit; her fingers clean
Brushed over me with delicate anticipation
Lifting the loose fabric of a summer dress
And I heard her confess her love
Through saying everything
Yet nothing at all. OliviaAutumn

June 14/20: Three Riders; 92 kms; 2 hours 58; 479 metres

Hello –

‘Better offers’ tempted many of the regulars to seek fun and good cheer elsewhere, this morning. Understandable that priorities change and change is good as a rest, as they say. Communication is good too. Expectations grow like weeds in an untended garden. Prune the vines of presumption.

Important Stuff – Check back on Friday

Okay, stay fit, firm, fine – always.

Contact:
– arnpriorcycling@bell.net
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The sole purpose of human existence “is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.”cj   In a universe devoid of purpose, the darkness of mere being can easily overwhelm us — and yet we go on striking the match of meaning. “However vast the darkness,”  “we must supply our own light.” sk

June 13/20: Four Riders; 95 kms; 3 hours 03; 422 metres

Hello – I’m finally thawed out after this morning’s cruel wind and unseasonable temperatures. Spring is like a girlfriend with reservations, cool to advances and heavy with the cold shoulder – no fun, aloof and unresponsive but always offering the prospects of good times soon. So, one looks longingly for the morrow to shed disappointment for whatever brightness it may bring.

Let our hearts be ever cheerful”, however, for what blessings we have. Never abandon the light of hope and good cheer. May I see you on Sunday when the air temperature and wind force should be to our liking. You know, you’ll just want to be there!

Important Stuff – Tentative Plan:

When/Who: June 14/20: ArnpriorCycling/MAFIA
Start: 7:30 am Stinsons on White lake Rd.
Where: Panmure/Stonecrest
Description: 93 kms of rolling countryside
Coffee Stops: None
Weather: Sunny; Temp 08-17C
Wind: NE Light. Haha

Okay, stay fit, firm, fine – always.

Contact:
– arnpriorcycling@bell.net
– Twitter a@arnpriorcycling
– IG @arnpriorcycling
– WP arnpriorcycling.blog

“Men marry because they are tired, women, because they are curious: both are disappointed.” ow

Hello —

I just bought a sailboat. No kidding. I’m done with cycling in the heavy winds. No fun anymore. The new boat is a catamaran and it goes like the devil chasing after atheists, knowing they’re easy targets and must be caught before any christian intervention. Really, sailing is a hoot and has biblical overtones; sure, there’s spray from the water but leaning deep over the gunnel and kissing the river is luscious. You’ll just want to be there!.

Okay, no boat yet, on back order; so, cycling is on the menu.

Important Stuff – Tentative Plan:

When/Who: June 13/20: ArnpriorCycling/MAFIA
Start: 7:30 am Stinsons on White lake Rd.
Where: Renfrew, Haley’s
Description: 94.2 kms of rolling countryside
Coffee Stops: None
Weather: A mix of sun and cloud; Temp 05-13C
Wind: NNW 13-35

Okay, stay fit, firm, fine – always.

Contact:
– arnpriorcycling@bell.net
– Twitter a@arnpriorcycling
– IG @arnpriorcycling
– WP arnpriorcycling.blog

“Why are you kissing me in the middle of the sentence?!”
“Because this moment won’t always be here,” I say.
“Mommy — just read… please.”
Jacqueline Woodson,

June 07/20: Four Riders; 86.9 kms; 2 hours 55; 620 metres

Hello –

Tough weekend of riding. But, perspective is everything:

“… there’s no such thing as a bad ride so long as everyone ended it in one piece. Sure, there are tough rides and long rides and cold rides and rides when the legs just won’t respond…. but with friends and sun and bikes there’s always something good to savour….” EC

Well said and a good reminder that there is more to the weekend rides than the bicycle. It’s a key element, no denying that, but good friends and compatible riders are the spice that give it flavour and leave us wanting more. Where will you be next weekend? You’ll just want to be at Stinsons for the 7:30 group rides before life slips away, like dripping water from a kitchen tap, inconsequential at first but lost forever, like Cinderella’s slipper but with no happy ending.

Important Stuff – Check back on Friday

Okay, stay fit, firm, fine – always.

Contact:
– arnpriorcycling@bell.net
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Nobody feels any pain
Tonight as I stand inside the rain
Ev’rybody knows
That Baby’s got new clothes
But lately I see her ribbons and her bows
Have fallen from her curls
She takes just like a woman, yes, she does
She makes love just like a woman, yes, she does
And she aches just like a woman
But she breaks just like a little girl
Queen Mary
She’s my friend
Yes, I believe I’ll go see her again (bd)