Hello again. Well, that wasn’t a long absence from the Blog this time. I just felt that such a marvellous day could not go unremarked. We could have ridden. Maybe, some of you did. I know I thought of it but I failed to act on the impulse. These warm pre-winter days are not hard to take. Let’s hope we don’t pay for them with aberrant weather this coming summer.

Okay, here are a couple of links for you to consider about group riding (and the pulling through). The videos are excellent and show just how easily this can be done. I was going to entitle this blog “Ride like a Girl”. If only, we could. Take a few minutes to view these. It will be worth it.

Basic: http://www.bikeradar.com/road/gear/article/how-to-master-basic-group-riding-skills-video-44624/

Advanced: http://www.bikeradar.com/road/gear/article/advanced-group-riding-essentials-video-44820/

Also, I found this article which is relevant to me (or was) about excessive effort and heart damage. The jury is still out but there appears to be growing evidence about heart damage from exercise. The question remains, “What is too much?”

http://www.bikeradar.com/road/gear/article/heart-health-warning-signs-for-cyclists-45837/

There is also Dr James O’Keefe’s research: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3538475/

“First, the bad news for marathoners and other extreme athletes. Excessive exercise has been consistently associated with atrial fibrillation, a rhythm disturbance that increases the risk of stroke and leaves some people feeling weak and breathless. One study looked at the rates of atrial fibrillation in over fifty thousand Swedish men who had participated in the Vasaloppet, a ninety-kilometre cross-country ski event, over a ten-year period. Those who completed the most races or who had the fastest times seemed to have a higher risk of atrial fibrillation.” This  is an excerpt from The New Yorker: http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/extreme-exercise-and-the-heart

Right, that’s it for now. Stay tuned. Be active. Smile. Think on the morrow but enjoy all of to-day.

Bye bye, ac. Comments always welcome at arnpriorcycling@bell.net; https://twitter.com/ArnpriorCycling

PS: I don’t often comment on the title of the day’s blog-post but I thought I would this time. It’s an echo (for me) of the New York Daily News’ headline of Dec 03: https://twitter.com/NYDailyNews/status/672234341800521728. Republican candidates were offering prayers for the victims but offering no concrete action on new gun legislation restricting access to guns and assault rifles. I doubt there will be sufficient “road to Damascus’ conversions to right the world from darkness.

pity this busy monster, manunkind,
not. Progress is a comfortable disease:
your victim (death and life safely beyond)

plays with the bigness of his littleness
— electrons deify one razorblade
into a mountainrange; lenses extend
unwish through curving wherewhen till unwish
returns on its unself.
A world of made
is not a world of born — pity poor flesh

and trees, poor stars and stones, but never this
fine specimen of hypermagical

ultraomnipotence. We doctors know

a hopeless case if — listen: there’s a hell
of a good universe next door; let’s go

ee cummings