Well hello again – after rain, the rainbow; after effort, rest; after life, death – so let’s laugh and ride and wonder.

Here’s the tentative plan (rain or shine):

Venue: Stinsons on White Lake Road at 7.30 am 7.30 am

Route: Arnprior-Almonte-Middleville-Hopetown-Calabogie-Arnprior; Distance: 140 Kms approx

Description of Route: Long and hilly (600 metres); Pace: Steady Eddie

Coffee: At the Neat Cafe, after approx 115 kms; Weather: 8-14 C, with westerly winds

Okay, this is an excellent training run. If you can do this, you are almost ready for the RLCT. One thing is for sure, we will be ready for coffee by the time we reach the Neat Cafe. Bring bars, gels, and liquid (whatever works for you) so we can minimize stops. Don’t be deterred by the 7.30 am start. Conditions should be good. And, you know the ride will be good for you.

Or, at least, that is what I used to think. Now, I’m not so sure. It is a bit unnerving to think that one’s fitness regime might actually be a prescription for ill-health. Here is the latest from a Swedish study in the journal Heart:

”On the heels of research suggesting too much running could lead to an earlier death, two new studies say too much high-intensity exercise could lead to heart problems.

Researchers monitored the heart health of (4000) men for an average of 12 years, looking in particular for atrial fibrillation, a type of irregular heartbeat. The most active men — those who completed intense exercise for more than five hours a week — were 19 percent likelier to have developed an irregular heartbeat by age 60 than men who exercised for less than an hour a week. Among men who exercised more than five hours a week when they were younger but for less than an hour a week by the time they reached age 60, irregular heartbeat risk jumped to an increase of 49 percent. … the studies add to mounting evidence that more exercise isn’t always better.”

So, if you are looking for a moderate effort, Gregg (ever moderate and sensible) has recruited a few riders for a 9 am start from Stinsons. Join them if you are interested. Distance: 50 kms; Pace: low intensity, easy-going.

For the rest of us, see you at Stinsons for a 7.30 am sharp start!

Bye bye. ac. Comments always welcome at arnpriorcycling@bell.net; http://www.twitter.comArnpriorCycling

”We have had a succession of thunder-showers to-day and at sunset a rainbow” HDT