Hello –

In my last Post I had anticipated the start-up of group riding to begin as early as this weekend. Since then, Cycling Canada (March 30) has published recommendations against this:

“If cyclists do not practice proper social distancing, the government may feel it has no choice but to intervene and prevent all outdoor riding which has happened in some other countries,” (NB: Spain, France; Restricted cycling in the UK; Province of Quebec under consideration).

URL here: https://cyclingmagazine.ca/sections/ridesevents/if-you-have-the-equipment-consider-training-inside-says-cycling-canada/

Accordingly, I will not post group ride details until further notice. If individuals want to make their own arrangements to ride in ones/twos, that’s fine. I don’t see an issue with that; whereas, a group of five riders may cause undue concern among the COVID19 police. The last thing we want is to be banned from cycling altogether, except for up and down one’s driveway. If the messaging doesn’t change, we will all die in bed from a coronary. It’s dangerously lacking in matters relating to exercise, in particular 250 minutes of moderate to vigorous per week. I wish the Heart Institute would speak up.

The way things are going it won’t be long before corpulent politicians and public health officials will demand permits from us to get out of bed in the morning. Instead of Stay at Home, it will be Stay in Bed! That, and the blanket dictate that 70+ individuals should stay at home is an indictment of their shotgun approach and an indictment of a society that assumes 70+ individuals are feeble.

Right, that’s it. Always interested in contrary points of view, ideas, suggestion … .

Tour Dates (tentative in light of COVID19)

RLCT June 13/14 https://www.ottawabicycleclub.ca/rlct/regnow

Tour of Whitewater July 11  https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-d&q=tour+of+white+water

Tour de Bonnechere Mid August http://tourdebonnechere.blogspot.com/

Tour (Grandfondo PEI) Aug 28-30 http://granfondo-pei.ca/

Tour Prince Edward County Sept 12  https://www.countygranfondo.com/

Tour of Thousand Islands Sept 13 https://tigranfondo.com/the-ride/

Contact:
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ANIMALS
Have you forgotten what we were like then
when we were first rate
and the day came fat with an apple in its mouth
it’s no use worrying about Time
but we did have a few tricks up our sleeves
and turned some sharp corners
the whole pasture looked like our meal
we didn’t need speedometers
we could manage cocktails out of ice and water
I wouldn’t want to be faster
or greener than now if you were with me O you
were the best of all my days (Frank O’Hara)

Hello – good day to all.

On a day that began in cloud and cold air and remained so for many hours, I found it difficult to get started.  Yes, there are many impediments to starting out. Comfort is a powerful anesthesia, a warm blanket not easily thrown off in the early hours of morning. Who doesn’t want to stay in bed, shun the light, roll over, and hide? Life is an uphill grind, beginning with climbing out of bed. It was ever thus … .

“Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.” Gen 3-16

Sloth is a voluptuous siren. Entropy is omniscient. Determination, resolve, discipline are inadequate to the hour of need. Insatiable ‘Desire’ is a driving force – an Archimedes lever against lassitude and procrastination. Who has regretted the effort, hard as it sometimes is, to get out and ride. Carpe diem because COVID19 is a sneeze away. Exercise activates immunity. Were you ever more alive than gasping for breath on a long, hard climb? What’s holding you back? Go for it. Ride on!

Okay, the Premier has announced new regulations regarding group size – no more than five. And so, our group rides will remain on hold for now but there’s a possibility that we could start up soon, since many times we  have five or fewer riders at Stinsons. Stay tuned.

Right, that’s it. Always interested in contrary points of view, ideas, suggestion … .

Tour Dates (tentative in light of COVID19)

RLCT June 13/14 https://www.ottawabicycleclub.ca/rlct/regnow

Tour of Whitewater July 11  https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-d&q=tour+of+white+water

Tour de Bonnechere Mid August http://tourdebonnechere.blogspot.com/

Tour (Grandfondo PEI) Aug 28-30 http://granfondo-pei.ca/

Tour Prince Edward County Sept 12  https://www.countygranfondo.com/

Tour of Thousand Islands Sept 13 https://tigranfondo.com/the-ride/

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

“If men applied half as much common sense to their theological investigations, as they do to every other subject, they could not worship a god, who, having filled this world with millions of his children, would finally consign them all to eternal destruction except for a few” elect.    Lydia Child

Concrete

Hello –

Bizarre times.  Social distance and physical separation arising from an insidious viral threat lurking nearby – on the door handle, on the faucet tap, on bits of clothing, on tabletops, on stanchions, on columns, basically everywhere and on everything. Having to go about one’s life assuming one is an asymptomatic carrier; having to act in a responsible manner to save not just yourself but your neighbour, your family members, strangers, health care workers, cashiers, and service workers everywhere. Being admonished to stay indoors, stay at home, avoid all contact with humanity. Is this a Margaret Atwood novel?

Investment portfolios decimated three times – 30+% decline in the value of blue chip equities. Life was never so easy than it was four weeks ago. Now mayhem and chaos and irrational nut-bars running for the hills with their cars full of toilet paper. What have we come to? House arrest is next, most likely. Let’s petition for country wide testing to ferret out this viral insult to our way of life.

All to say, in light of the COVID19 pandemic and in light of a ban on recreational cycling in France and in light of measures in the UK to ‘shame’ group riders, I will not be posting any rides to the Blog until we emerge on the other side of COVID19. According to one UK doctor, the expired breath of your fellow cyclists in front of you/around you during group rides contains droplets, some of which may be COVID19.

The other reason to restrict group rides is to demonstrate compliance with the national wide edict ‘to not spread the virus’. We may yet be given a general prohibition on all outdoor activity. I hope not.

Check out this chilling (but effective video from Northern Ireland) of health professionals pleading for cooperation:

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/health/coronavirus/stay-at-home-respiratory-teams-plea-to-ni-public-as-belfast-health-trust-says-coronavirus-crisis-is-our-greatest-challenge-39066280.html

For now, as individuals, we can ride in ones/twos, I suppose, but we risk incurring the wrath of fellow citizens. MG sent me a report from Belgium where a pro rider was assaulted by a passing motorist in a fit of COVID19 rage.

So, how are you doing? Bearing up nicely, I hope. I’m so lucky to have discovered skate skiing three years ago. My winters have been transformed into delight and joy. It’s a terrific challenge for the uncoordinated but can be mastered, in time; and, it’s good for the brain, requiring neuro-muscular control, balance, coordination, muscle memory, and high cardio fitness. One could find a worse pastime, i.e. dipsomania.

https://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/places/ski-conditions

http://skitrails.xcottawa.ca/skitrails_gatineau_park.php

Right, that’s it. Always interested in points of view, ideas, suggestion … .

Tour Dates (tentative in light of COVID19)

RLCT June 13/14 https://www.ottawabicycleclub.ca/rlct/regnow

Tour of Whitewater July 11  https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-d&q=tour+of+white+water

Tour de Bonnechere Mid August http://tourdebonnechere.blogspot.com/

Tour (Grandfondo PEI) Aug 28-30 http://granfondo-pei.ca/

Tour Prince Edward County Sept 12  https://www.countygranfondo.com/

Tour of Thousand Islands Sept 13 https://tigranfondo.com/the-ride/

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

“Meanwhile, someplace in the world, somebody is making love and another a poem. Elsewhere in the universe, a star manyfold the mass of our third-rate sun is living out its final moments in a wild spin before collapsing into a black hole, its exhale bending spacetime itself into a well of nothingness that can swallow every atom that ever touched us and every datum we ever produced, every poem and statue and symphony we’ve ever known — an entropic spectacle insentient to questions of blame and mercy, devoid of why.
In four billion years, our own star will follow its fate, collapsing into a white dwarf. We exist only by chance, after all. The Voyager will still be sailing into the interstellar shorelessness on the wings of the “heavenly breezes” Kepler had once imagined, carrying Beethoven on a golden disc crafted by a symphonic civilization that long ago made love and war and mathematics on a distant blue dot.
But until that day comes, nothing once created ever fully leaves us. Seeds are planted and come abloom generations, centuries, civilizations later, migrating across coteries and countries and continents. Meanwhile, people live and people die — in peace as war rages on, in poverty and disrepute as latent fame awaits, with much that never meets its more, in shipwrecked love.
I will die.
You will die.
The atoms that huddled for a cosmic blink around the shadow of a self will return to the seas that made us.
What will survive of us are shoreless seeds and stardust.” MP

Hello – a strange time, is it not?

Avoid alcohol – it doesn’t work; eat well, get exercise; maintain social connections, albeit keep physical distance.

It’s no fun. We’re gregarious by nature. Getting together is essential but most be managed in light of COVID19.

My plans for Mallorca have been kiboshed. So, I plan to ride locally and to post blog rides soon. For the time being, I’m skate skiing with a few others in the Gatineau. This should be good for another couple of weeks, depending upon the how much the rain erodes the snow base. If you haven’t been to the Gatineau for skate skiing or classic, it’s well worth the drive – absolutely spectacular and provides an awesome workout.

https://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/places/ski-conditions

http://skitrails.xcottawa.ca/skitrails_gatineau_park.php

As for group riding, we’ll manage this by keeping the group small and by staying apart at Stinsons and by following good hygiene on and off the bicycle. Specifically, with respect to nose blowing and expectoration, this must be curtailed in the proximity of others. KO has a good practice (note to self) of going to the back of the ride or crossing to the other side of the road. Worth following his example and doing the same.

Tour Dates (tentative in light of COVID19)

RLCT June 13/14 https://www.ottawabicycleclub.ca/rlct/regnow

Tour of Whitewater July 11  https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-d&q=tour+of+white+water

Tour de Bonnechere Mid August http://tourdebonnechere.blogspot.com/

Tour (Grandfondo PEI) Aug 28-30 http://granfondo-pei.ca/

Tour Prince Edward County Sept 12  https://www.countygranfondo.com/

Tour of Thousand Islands Sept 13 https://tigranfondo.com/the-ride/

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

Guidelines

– Move your body every day.
– Avoid processed foods.
– Go outside.
– Don’t smoke.
– Don’t get drunk.
– Sleep 7-9 hours.
– Drive From Within
– Focus On The Process
– Don’t Worry About Being Best; Worry About Being Best At Getting Better
– Be Patient
– Be Here Now
– Spend time with good people

“You can’t always control what happens but you can sometimes control what happens next. B Stulberg

Hello –

It’s been an up and down winter, with temperatures fluctuating wildly like emotions in a torrid romance, one day steamy followed by a day of cold indifference, before exploding again with new energy, like a solar flare in the night’s sky. Delightful, maddening, enlivening – always on edge waiting for the morrow.

Here is an update on the Tour de Whitewater, courtesy of Alastair:

https://tourdewhitewater.blogspot.com

Registration is now open, with a sign up early bonus for a free entry draw for those that register by Feb 29.

Other Tour Dates

RLCT June 13/14 https://www.ottawabicycleclub.ca/rlct/regnow

Tour of Whitewater July 11  https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-d&q=tour+of+white+water

Tour de Bonnechere Mid August http://tourdebonnechere.blogspot.com/

Tour (Grandfondo PEI) Aug 28-30 http://granfondo-pei.ca/

Tour Prince Edward County Sept 12  https://www.countygranfondo.com/

Tour of Thousand Islands Sept 13 https://tigranfondo.com/the-ride/

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

What if Father Quinn had said, “Of course you’ll recognize
your parents in heaven,” instead of saying “Being one with God will make your mother and father pointless.”   b ras

Hello ….

The sun rises and sets; the seasons come and go; life marches ever forward and then it ends – thump. Over. Done. Gone!  No more the cursing of the early morning light and the rising from bed in the semi-dark to get ready to cycle/ski. Enjoy now the bitter and the sweet; savour all, especially the hard effort that makes you feel alive; and think kindly on your fellow sojourner.

Here’s the latest on Rules of the Road. Still confusing re double paceline riding. The OBC recommends this. Hard to know. Read this courtesy of Alastair – Bike Laws of Ontario Explained:

https://www.northernontario.travel/cycling/bike-laws-in-ontario-canada-explained

Tour Dates

RLCT June 13/14 https://www.ottawabicycleclub.ca/rlct/regnow

Tour of Whitewater July 11  https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-d&q=tour+of+white+water

Tour de Bonnechere Mid August http://tourdebonnechere.blogspot.com/

Tour (Grandfondo PEI) Aug 28-30 http://granfondo-pei.ca/

Tour Prince Edward County Sept 12  https://www.countygranfondo.com/

Tour of Thousand Islands Sept 13 https://tigranfondo.com/the-ride/

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

“I have been into the lumber-yard, and the carpenter’s shop, and the tannery, and the lampblack factory, and the turpentine clearing; but when at length I saw the tops of the pines waving and reflecting the light at a distance high over all the rest of the forest, I realized that the former were not the highest use of the pine. It is not their bones or hide or tallow that I love most. It is the living spirit of the tree, not its spirit of turpentine, with which I sympathize, and which heals my cuts. It is as immortal as I am, and perchance will go to as high a heaven, there to tower above me still.” hdt

Hello, and happy new year.

May 2020 be a year of good cheer for you and yours.

May 2020 bring you health, companionship, supportive friends, and the exceptional love of family.

May 2020 be a glorious and safe cycling season for us all.

Speaking of which, it’s never too soon to think about key cycling dates. Here are a few, you might want to consider. It’s always worthwhile having goals and objectives. The big one, of course, is the RLCT. All the others, with the exception of the PEI Granfondo will be adequately taken care of through our regular weekend riding regime. So no panic there.

The RLCT, however, requires proper training, meaning sufficient volume and intensity of effort, with lots of hill climbing in preparation for the worst conditions. It also requires a bicycle in excellent working order, with good cables, brakes, gearing, chain, tyres, etc. If you haven’t already done so, now is a great time to have your bike serviced. There’s no rush at the bike shops and you’re in no hurry either. So, why not get your bike tuned up now and be ready for the road come spring.

And, don’t forget about your fitness either – cardio, strength, and flexibility. You should (might want to) consider being as active as possible this winter. Sloth never sleeps, so be vigilant against complacency and idleness. The protocol advocated by the Ottawa Heart Institute is 200 to 400 minutes of moderate/intense aerobic exercise per week. That won’t be enough for us but it’s a start. If you’re getting less than this, you’ll lack stroke volume and the cardiac output necessary to deliver adequate oxygen to working muscles. That’s fine if your goal is riding around the block but not for 100-180 kilometre endurance rides. There are ten to twelve weeks (maybe) of training time (April 01 – June 12) in preparation for the RLCT. Don’t back-end all of your fitness to these weeks. Front-end and cruise to Kingston instead.

RLCT June 13/14 https://www.ottawabicycleclub.ca/rlct/regnow

Tour of Whitewater July 11  https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-d&q=tour+of+white+water

Tour de Bonnechere Mid August http://tourdebonnechere.blogspot.com/

Tour (Grandfondo PEI) Aug 28-30 http://granfondo-pei.ca/

Tour Prince Edward County Sept 12  https://www.countygranfondo.com/

Tour of Thousand Islands Sept 13 https://tigranfondo.com/the-ride/

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

Homer that’s not God. That’s just a waffle that Bart tossed up there.