Archives for category: Rides/Training

Good morning.

Well, on balance, it’s going to be a wet morning with rain off and on and with the threat of thundershowers. That being said, I’m calling off the group ride in the interests of rider safety.

My batting average on ‘rain events’ is not very good, however. So, if you were a betting person, you probably could ride and not get wet.

It’s hard to know what we’ll get and when but this morning might be a day for a short local ride for individuals rather than a group ride. There will be periods of scattered showers and it might be possible to get a ride in, after all.

Ciao for now.

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 –

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
– Twitter a@arnpriorcycling
– IG @arnpriorcycling
– WP arnpriorcycling.blog

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
– Twitter a@arnpriorcycling
– IG @arnpriorcycling
– WP arnpriorcycling.blog

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)

June 06/20: Seven Riders; 109.7 kms; 3 hours 18; 527 metres

Well, we modified the route in light of the heavy winds and cut it short by 10 kilometres. Good job, too, because the pace was a tad fast. We were all happy to turn for home on the Queensline at Kohlsmith, where we got the benefit of a super tailwind. It was full on from there to Stinsons. Along the way, we rode great pavement on Johnston Rd and Sandpoint; and, the Queensline itself, is something special with a following wind. In the end, I was happy to reach home base before collapsing. Need rest and nutrition (lots) for tomorrow’s ride. You’ll just want to be there! I hope you can make it.

Life slips away, like dripping water from a kitchen tap, inconsequential but lost forever, like Cinderella’s slipper but with no happy ending.

Important Stuff – Tentative Plan:

When/Who: June 07/20: ArnpriorCycling/MAFIA
Start: 7:30 am Stinsons on White lake Rd.
Where: Renfrew/S McNaughton/Butler
Description: 93.2 kms of rolling countryside
Coffee Stops: None
Weather: Mainly  sunny; Temp 12-19C
Wind: NW and North 17-24

Okay, stay fit, firm, fine – always.

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

“Man’s condition. Inconstancy, boredom, anxiety.” bp

LOVE AFTER LOVE
The time will come
when, with elation,
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror,
and each will smile at the other’s welcome,
and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you
all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,
the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.      Derek Walcott

Hello –

RLCT anyone. I think not. Year after year we ride to Kingston on the first weekend in June. Some things never change until they do change. The sun rises and sets every day but one day it too will be history, never to shine again. Where will we be then? Cosmic detritus, fragmented material, recombined matter – soulless born and soulless die. Philosophy and religion and science ultimately have no answer. The devout and atheists alike left wanting explanation.

Meantime, tomorrow, we ride, keeping alive the ordinary traditions of ordinary folks, a momentary diversion from the mundane. “The only thing that consoles us for our miseries is diversion. And yet it is the greatest of our miseries. For it is that above all which prevents us thinking about ourselves” bp

All to say, it’s good to stop and revel in the ‘now’ whatever the ‘now’ maybe. I just read about Mike Plummer, a bike mechanic familiar to many who rode the RLCT year after year. Mike died of cancer a few months ago. His presence is no longer. You may remember him as the long pony tailed mechanic, of slim build and quiet demeanor. He helped me in 2015 when I was stuck in Elgin with a broken derailleur. He cobbled together a fix and I was on my way courtesy of a tail wind for 120 kilometre solo ride back to Ottawa.

Incidentally, I met an attractive women while I waited for Mike Plummer at Elgin. She was alive, alert, and fresh of face, younger, and engaging. I often wonder where she is now – without name only the memory remains. Interesting how people come and go in one’s life –  family, friends, acquaintances, and strangers all just momentary interactions however brief or enduring.

https://www.ottawabicycleclub.ca/newsletter-2020-06-01#mike-plummer

Important Stuff – Tentative Plan:

When/Who: June 06/20: ArnpriorCycling/MAFIA
Start: 7:30 am Stinsons on White lake Rd.
Where: Kolhsmith/Queensline
Description:  120 Kms of a circuitous route because of road construction
Coffee Stops: None
Weather: Mix of sun and cloud; Temp 15-21C
Wind: NW 15-33

Okay, stay fit, firm, fine – always.

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

“For a moment man is a boy, for a moment a lovesick youth, for a moment bereft of wealth, for a moment in the height of prosperity; then at life’s end with limbs worn out by old age and wrinkles adorning his face, like an actor he retires behind the curtain of death.” bhartrhari

May 31/20: Four Riders; 86.6 kms; 2 hour 53; 510 metres

Only four horses this morning galloping along the roads of Renfrew County into a heavy northwest wind. Tough going, cool temperatures, and an overcast sky made progress slow. The swirling wind was like a dog suddenly released from the leash – unharnessed and running in circles, erratic, and unbounded by convention or discipline. Still, where else would you rather be on a gloomy Sunday morning that in the company of compatible buddies each taking a turn helping the other one, held together fast by an indissoluble concord.

Beauty is a broad and diverse canvas and is found in the grand and in the ordinariness of the everyday. Special moments abound in a life, numerous like stars in the sky, always there in light but revealing themselves only in darkness. Thankful and grateful and ever hopeful … .

Life slips away, like dripping water from a kitchen tap, inconsequential but lost forever, like Cinderella’s slipper but with no happy ending.

Important Stuff – Tentative Plan:

Under development

Okay, stay fit, firm, fine – always.

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

Another Reason Why I Don’t Keep A Gun In The House

The neighbors’ dog will not stop barking.
He is barking the same high, rhythmic bark
that he barks every time they leave the house.
They must switch him on on their way out.

The neighbors’ dog will not stop barking.
I close all the windows in the house
and put on a Beethoven symphony full blast
but I can still hear him muffled under the music,
barking, barking, barking,

and now I can see him sitting in the orchestra,
his head raised confidently as if Beethoven
had included a part for barking dog.

When the record finally ends he is still barking,
sitting there in the oboe section barking,
his eyes fixed on the conductor who is
entreating him with his baton

while the other musicians listen in respectful
silence to the famous barking dog solo,
that endless coda that first established
Beethoven as an innovative genius. bc