May 13/18: 104 Kms; 3 Hrs 25; 513 Metres; Eight Riders.

Well that was another great cycling morning, if somewhat cold to start at 7 am when we saddled up from Stinsons. No matter, we pedalled on, and said little to each other, tried to conserve energy, and looked to the sky for signs of warmth, rode the shady sections of road with vigour, and generally hunkered down to the task at hand. We greeted the little inclines on the road to Fitzroy with pace in the hope of staving off the windchill, until at Stonecrest we stopped in sunlight by the side of the road. Spirits were high and rising by the minute with the temperature. The lads were in top form and vying for turns at the front as we cycled mostly downhill towards Kinburn Side Rd. And so it went for several kilometres until the fateful climb up Thomas Dolan to the Sixth Line. That double crest caught us unawares, and some of us were spent before the top, having given too much on the initial slope. Blair and Keith, of course, cruised on as if it were a molehill.  You know, you just should have been there.

Remarks

– Kudos to Blair for leaving home on his bicycle from Kanata at 5 am. Now, that’s commitment to the group rides and much appreciated; also, a shout out to Steve from Pembroke for an early morning drive to join us. No flies on Steve as he rode with grace and strength for the entire trip.

– Also, thanks to all for cooperating with the 7 am start and for accepting the change without complaint in the planned route from Quyon to Kanata. That’s why I write, “The tentative plan … .”

– Next Saturday’s ride is the Middleville-Hopetown-Calabogie circuit for 130 kilometres; elevation gain 816 Metres. Stops at Hopetown (57 kms), Neat Cafe (108 kms) for coffee.

– Riding to Kingston is one thing; riding back is another. Also, bad weather creates extra physical strain and sapping mental fatigue. Think of your training as building fitness and reserves for day two and inclement weather, possibly on both days. What a thought! Aren’t you really happy you signed up now. But, really, it’s so much fun, especially the beer garden on the common. You know, you’ll just want to be there.

– Supplies/inventory at MEC/Bushtukah, etc dry up leading up to the RLCT. If you need to replace your cycling shoes, for example, or maybe you need tyres, tubes, a new  helmet, Gels, Chews, energy bars, etc, it would be best to get them now. Don’t procrastinate or you’ll have little or no choice. Not meaning to sound paternalistic but I do count on everyone to be at his best to get me to Kingston and back. Vested interest, I have in this.

– Cross-training is a great thing. Just don’t begin new exercise regimes just before the RLCT. You still have time to add running into your weekly schedule but keep it light and short.

– Finally, if you know any mother cyclists out there, wish them a happy Mother’s Day.

What I’m listening to: Jann Arden Mother https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SOrmtqTVHc

Pointless – ultimately all human endeavour is, given that entropy will result in the universe collapsing inwardly on itself. “because the work that is wrought under the sun is grievous: for all is vanity and vexation of spirit” Ecclesiastes

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

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“And people get all fouled up because they want the world to have meaning as if it were words… As if you had a meaning, as if you were a mere word, as if you were something that could be looked up in a dictionary. You are meaning.” Alan Watts