Archives for category: Rides/Training

August 19/18: TDB 70 Kms; 2 Hrs, 10; 770 Metres; Four Riders

August 19/18: MEC 110 Kms; 3 Hrs, 31; One Rider + Beer!

August 19/18: Stinsons 64 Kms, Two Riders

Hello there –

Well, the TDB felt like a non-event this year. It just didn’t have the usual vibe. No early morning coffee service, a smaller than usual registration, and a shortened 100 km route because of road construction. There was food aplenty, and the weather and conditions were perfect. It’s hard to know what was missing but there was no magic. Now, that’s not taking anything away from the efforts of the organising committee but it was a bit of a dud. Expectations birth anticipation and sometimes deliver disappointment. But, all in all, this is a querulous comment. The road is not always straight, thank goodness.

We did have a good ride. It was rather intense right from the get-go. We jumped on Gear-Head’s Rapidio Train. It was full steam ahead. The firebox was overcharged with young-uns, ready and able to stoke the engine. We held our ground, which is to say we barely hung-on as they rode with force for thirty kilometres. Yet, I knew that once we reached the long gradients at Brudennell Rd, we’d have their measure; and, we did. They caught us on the downs but eventually the climbs came fast and furious and we pulled away. Thank goodness for that because GH gang were kings and queens on the flats and rollers. You know, you just should have been there.

Upcoming Events:

September 29: https://www.hastingshighlandshillyhundred.com/

From Jeff R Slovenia: https://notranjska.com/en/

What I’m listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZ5IUf4X4oM   Kris Kristofferson

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

Look forward to hearing from you at arnpriorcycling@bell.nethttps://arnpriorcycling.blog;   https://twitter.com/ArnpriorCycling;     https://www.instagram.com

“God is either of no importance, or of supreme importance.” Abraham J Hesche

“Following straight lines shortens distances, and also life.” A Porchia

Aug 18/18: Gatineau – One Rider; 94 Kms; 3 Hrs, 40; 1600 metres

Aug 18/18: Stinsons – Four Riders; 111 Kms; 3 Hrs, 40; 650 Metres

Hello there –

Well, a mixed bag this morning, with the two ride options splitting the group. No issues, however, since everyone has to find what works for them. In future though I’ll ask for a show of hands regarding the remote starts since I waited until 6:55 am before leaving P3 this morning, after having been there at 6:15. I get it that schedules are fluid and things change and that not everyone knows his plans until the last-minute.

Okay, I don’t really have a lot to say. I’m a bit like “her majesty (who) is a very nice girl.” But, I could go on, if pressed, about Mr Doug Ford and his social, christian conservative cycling friends, his cancellation of the opioid centres, his cancellation of the carbon tax, the potential ruination of the environment, his cancellation of sex education, and his buck a beer programme – but really does that man, given his girth, need cheaper beer. I question whether he could make class representative to the Student Council at high school. Class clown, maybe. But, there he is, Premier of the largest province in Canada. There is no accounting for taste. How many see Mr Ford as a nonpareil in policy and legislative matters? A paragon of virtue, no doubt, for the nation’s children to emulate.

Enough – unfortunately, we have four years of his ‘rule’ yet.

Okay, several of the regulars are away or not available this weekend. Also, tomorrow, there are two events to choose from. A couple of us are riding the TDB, while others have chosen the MEC ride from Carp. And, some will ride from Stinsons on Sunday. So, there are lots of options. I hope one of these suits you.

Upcoming Events:

August 19: http://tourdebonnechere.blogspot.com/

August 19: https://events.mec.ca/node/210536

September 29: https://www.hastingshighlandshillyhundred.com/

From Jeff R Slovenia: https://notranjska.com/en/

Okay, here’s the plan for Sunday, August 19:

  1. Stinsons at 7:30 am start for a route and distance to be determined by those present.
  2. Tour de Bonnechere Eganville 8 am start
  3. MEC 8:45 am start

Ask yourself, where else would you rather be when the alarm rings on Sunday morning than on your bicycle pedalling away the fatty bits? You know you’ll just want to be there.

What I’m listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmrVOuMVvGM     Ray Charles

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

Look forward to hearing from you at arnpriorcycling@bell.nethttps://arnpriorcycling.blog;   https://twitter.com/ArnpriorCycling;     https://www.instagram.com

“God is either of no importance, or of supreme importance.” Abraham J Hesche

“I don’t believe anything I write or say. I regard belief as a form of brain damage, the death of intelligence, the fracture of creativity, the atrophy of imagination. I have opinions but no Belief System (B.S.).” Robert Anton
Wilson

Galibier – 60 km Roller Coaster!

Hello to you.

It’s been a while since we were in touch. I hope you’re well and in fine fettle. Life is easier when you’re feeling good – with no aches or pains or physical complaints or pathologies. It’s a crap shoot, really; some have issues, others do not. We all succumb, some early, but, eventually everyone. How do you account for adverse change of circumstances? Genetics, good living, dumb luck – all three? I’m pretty sure it’s happenstance.

It’s just a matter of time, soon or late, for the curtain to rise on calamity of one kind or another. So, if you’re in good form now, enjoy it. Health is like water in the desert, a scarce and precious vessel not given much thought until its container leaks. Ultimately, there is no oasis or sanctuary; it’s all a mirage. Still, we walk in hope, if not desperation, towards renewal. Walk on with vigour.

Okay, several of the regulars are away or not available this weekend. Also, on Sunday, there are two events to choose from. A couple of us are riding the TDB, while others have chosen the MEC ride from Carp. And, some will ride from Stinsons on Sunday. So, there are lots of options. I hope one of these suits you.

Upcoming Events:

August 19: http://tourdebonnechere.blogspot.com/

August 19: https://events.mec.ca/node/210536

September 29: https://www.hastingshighlandshillyhundred.com/

From Jeff R Slovenia: https://notranjska.com/en/

Okay, here’s the plan for Saturday, August 18:

  1. Stinsons at 7:30 am start for a route and distance to be determined by those present.
  2. Gatineau at 7 am start from P3. Three loops, 95 kms, 1600 metres. This involves climbing King twice and FP once, and returning on the third circuit via Kingsmere, Swamp, Barnes, and Mackenzie King to the Champlain Parkway, including two visits to Belvedere on Lap 1 and 3.

Ask yourself, where else would you rather be when the alarm rings on Saturday morning than on your bicycle pedalling away the fatty bits? You know you’ll just want to be there.

What I’m listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDctl_P5pqo     Aretha Franklin

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

Look forward to hearing from you at arnpriorcycling@bell.nethttps://arnpriorcycling.blog;   https://twitter.com/ArnpriorCycling;     https://www.instagram.com

“God is either of no importance, or of supreme importance.” Abraham J Hesche

“I know what I have given you… /I do not know what you have received.” A Porchia

Sunflower Obsession

July 29/18: 102 Kms; 3 Hrs; 15; 675 Metres; Seven Riders (Stinsons)

July 28/18: 96 Kms; 3 Hrs, 32; 1600 Metres; Five Riders (Gatineau)

July 28/18 108 Kms Stinsons; Four Riders (Stinsons)

Hello –

Great riding this weekend with a number of our local cyclists making the effort to get out and ride from Stinsons and the Gatineau. Thanks to everyone for their flexibility and their participation. It’s always a treat for me when we have active participation in the group rides.

One person riding is a lone rider; two people are a pair of riders; three people are a group of riders. I like a group of riders. Preferably more than three. Six, seven, or more, if possible. The cycling dynamic is different and oftentimes better; the pace is higher; the work effort more easily shared; the conversation more varied and interesting; the coffee stops filled with raucous laughter and disputation; and the memories, when recounted over a brew or two, are like the colourful strands of a tapestry, with each strand woven by the yarn spinner.

I’m always delighted, as I sit in the For the Road Cafe, and see you arrive in turn, and wonder who will be next; how many will there be this morning? Will Mark and Jeff appear like ghosts from a past life? Will Kevin find the time to ride? If he’s not here on Saturday, will he make it on Sunday? Will Eric and Max escape, briefly, their yard and house obligations? Will Raymond be free from toing and froing his girls to-day? Will Blair break free from cottage life? Will reliable Joe be there again and again or is this the weekend he’s in Toronto? Will Alastair, on his new Giant Defy, arrive just as we’re pulling out of the parking lot? Will Neil be free to ride this Saturday or was it Sunday he said he’d be here? Will Keith’s late nights keep him out-of-town? Will Cathy juggle her hectic family affairs successful to make another weekend ride possible? So may questions.

Why do I fret because I’m happy to say that for the most part you arrive in your ones and twos. We always have a ‘group’ of riders. Can’t beat that. Thank you.

Upcoming Events:

August 19: http://tourdebonnechere.blogspot.com/

September 29: https://www.hastingshighlandshillyhundred.com/

What I’m listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJ85Hep0kD0   Gov’t Mule

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

Look forward to hearing from you at arnpriorcycling@bell.nethttps://arnpriorcycling.blog;   https://twitter.com/ArnpriorCycling;     https://www.instagram.com

“God is either of no importance, or of supreme importance.” Abraham J Hesche

“There is an anaesthetic of familiarity, a sedative of ordinariness which dulls the senses and hides the wonder of existence. R. Dawkins

Okay, here’s the plan for Sunday:

Meet at Stinsons on White Lake Rd for a 7:30 am 7:30 am start. Route 102 kms, 675 Metres. Coffee after 64 kms or 82 Kms. Your choice.

Hello –

These are the days to ride a bicycle – it’s “Summertime, and the livin’ is easy/Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high.” Max and his sons can relate to that, as they sit at the dock on the bay and cast for meaning in the deep, dark current.

For the rest of us, it’s time for the bicycle; and, for those of us lucky enough to have free time during the week or flexible work hours, we get to luxuriate in rides of wonder and awe. Wonder at the bounteous beauty of the natural world, the rural rolling landscape, and the peace and stillness of early morning; awe at life’s magic and mystery and our solitary existence. All this presents itself to the mind, before the intoxication arising from injecting or imbibing artificial stimulants enable us to understand and “see into the life of things.”

Okay, so, I’ve had a coffee or two after my ride – nothing stronger. I shed my cycling duds now to wear sweet delight, joy, and then pleasure, with happiness next up, hanging loosely over the chair arm. It’s quite a sight! You know, you just should have been there.

Okay, here’s the plan for Saturday:

1) Meet at Stinsons on White Lake Rd for a 7:30 am 7:30 am start, with the route and distance to be determined by those present.

2) Gatineau P3 at 7:30 7:30 am start for a 95 km route and 1600 metres. This involves climbing King twice and FP once, and returning on the third circuit via Kingsmere, Swamp, Barnes, and Mackenzie King to the Champlain Parkway. Similar to last week, including two visits to Belvedere on Lap 1 and 3.

Ask yourself, where else would you rather be when the alarm rings on Saturday morning than on your bicycle pedalling away the fatty bits? You know you’ll just want to be there.

What I’m listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJ85Hep0kD0   John Prine

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

Look forward to hearing from you at arnpriorcycling@bell.nethttps://arnpriorcycling.blog;   https://twitter.com/ArnpriorCycling;     https://www.instagram.com

“God is either of no importance, or of supreme importance.” Abraham J Hesche

“Each time you happen to me all over again.”

The Bees Knees

July 22/18: 76.6 Kms; 2 Hrs, 22; 469 Metres; Five Riders

Hello –

Rain, what rain. Wind, yes – a heavy easterly that would have been perfect for us to ride to Carp to have coffee with Alice. Regrettably, we rode within an 18 km ‘spoke’ radius of Arnprior to allow for a hasty retreat in the event of rain. But, as I wrote above, there was no rain. There was the hint of rain, like the serendipitous encounter between two strangers whose eyes meet with casual meaning but ultimately falls short of expectations.

Still, it was a great ride. Aren’t they all great? Thanks to everyone for making the effort to get out of bed for a 7 am start. It was worth it, I think. The wind certainly made for a hard slog at times but once we turned the corner at Kinburn it was easy pedalling. You know, you just should have been there as we booted it along Logger’s Way, the Galetta Side Rd, and Old Hwy 17. What a blast as we each took turns at the throttle, with Joe and CAM making the most of their opportunity to exceed the speed limit. Hang on because it doesn’t get better than this!

Thanks to MG for this reference to Sky. Check out Sky’s 8000 daily calorie diet: https://www.bikeradar.com/road/gear/article/the-chef-fuelling-team-sky-to-their-fourth-tour-de-france-win-47646/

Upcoming Events:

August 19: http://tourdebonnechere.blogspot.com/

September 29: https://www.hastingshighlandshillyhundred.com/

What I’m listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocReUIHoI4s  Nora Jones

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

Look forward to hearing from you at arnpriorcycling@bell.nethttps://arnpriorcycling.blog;   https://twitter.com/ArnpriorCycling;     https://www.instagram.com

“God is either of no importance, or of supreme importance.” Abraham J Heschel

“all ye that labour and are heavy laden” kjv