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Hello –

At the risk of proposing another ride that doesn’t suit anyone, I’m giving it another try to-day. I say this knowing that some of you may be riding with Joe and Perry in Lanark. That’s a beautiful county for cycling so if that’s your plan that’s great. You’ll enjoy it, I can vouch for that.

For those of you hanging around these parts, there is a threat of rain but the temperature and humidity will be high. That means road spray and wet legs and wet clothing but no cold weather to deal with. Also, the rain is likely to be scattered showers. Sunday’s weather as of now is not looking good.

I’ll check the forecast and look outside in the morning and I’ll do a Blog Post to confirm or to cancel the group ride. I’ll send the Post by 6 am.

Important Stuff – Tentative Plan:

When/Who: July  11/20: ArnpriorCycling
Start: 7:30 am Start from Stinsons
Where: Carp via W-L and Pakenham, Panmure, Stonecrest
Description: 91 kms of rolling countryside
Coffee Stops: None
Weather: Scattered rain; Temp 24-26C
Wind: NE 12-20

Okay, stay fit, firm, fine – always.

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

Let the rain kiss you/ Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops/Let the rain sing you a lullaby/The rain makes still pools on the sidewalk/The rain makes running pools in the gutter/The rain plays a little sleep song on our roof at night/And I love the rain.    Langston Hughes

Hello –

This may not suit everyone or anyone that’s why I’m sending it out early so you can plan accordingly. I hope you can join me on Wednesday for a great ride in the Gatineau, an absolute top of the line venue for road cycling. I think it a go-to place to ride at least once or twice a week, if that suits your schedule.

We could also make it an annual tradition to cycle the Gats every July 01, as a way to celebrate Canada Day. Next year (when  COVID19 is history), we might even be able to celebrate with a beer afterwards!

However, if the prospect doesn’t appeal or you have other plans or you would rather ride locally with others that’s fine. Everyone has to choose his own path and compatible companions. My choice may not suit you.

Important Stuff – Tentative Plan:

When/Who: July  01/20: ArnpriorCycling/MAFIA
Start: 5:45 am P3  Gatineau 5:45 am Start from P3
Where: Three Loops – Black’s x2; FLP x1, Lookout x3
Description: 83 kms of rolling countryside
Coffee Stops: None
Weather: >>>>>Sunny; Temp 08-17C
Wind: >>>>>>NE Light. Haha

The early start will allow us to avoid the crowds and get us back to Arnprior around 10 am(?). On the other hand if you’re not in favour of the 5:45 am start, what time would suit? The earlier the better, given it’s the National Holiday and the park will be busy. Also, the temperatures will be in the mid twenties. Still, I’d rather enjoy company than cycle alone.

Okay, stay fit, firm, fine – always.

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

Filed under Mind Blowing

“According to some Jewish traditions, Adam and Eve were created by God on Friday morning, September 26, 3760 B.C. They were given life (according to tradition) several hours before sunset.”

Hello –

I won’t be at Stinsons this weekend.

All is well. Just reevaluating my cycling goals in light of the potential negative effects of hard exercise on endurance athletes, especially when pushing the extreme limits of cardiac output. There is mounting evidence of atherosclerosis and atrial fibrous of the heart from overuse. This is not the most recent report but there are several others. I do enjoy the group riding but find that my heart rate to keep up is considerably higher (as a % of MHR) than my younger cycling companions and thus subjecting myself to greater physiological stress.

” …. any athlete can develop overuse injuries in their joints, there is concern that endurance athletes may also develop training related cardiac injury. Moderate exercise is well established as better for health than a sedentary lifestyle but vigorous exercise may prove to be harmful in some individuals.”

“Just like any other muscle, athletic activity modifies the heart in predictable ways. These changes are structural, functional and electrical.”

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2018-08-left-atrial-fibrosis-arrhythmias-athletes.html

The Mayo Clinic has published similar research.

Not wanting to be alarmist, of course. This study and others are mostly relevant to susceptible individuals. So, if you’re not susceptible, you’re probably okay.

Weather forecast looks good, however. For those of you riding have fun and safe cycling.

I’ll leave it to KO to send an email, or not.

Important Stuff  – Check back another time

Okay, stay fit, firm, fine – always.

Contact:
– arnpriorcycling@bell.net
– Twitter a@arnpriorcycling
– IG @arnpriorcycling
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“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.” jrt

May 23/20: Ten Riders; 109.9 kms; 3 hour 35; 552 metres

Hello – That was a great group ride that tested my limits of endurance and pace. I’m spent but expect to recover. The conditions were great, too, albeit with a surly east wind. Perfect temperatures, though. Does it sound good? It was.You just s/h been there “to tighten up the slack, toughen the body, and polish the spirit.” MUeshiba

I don’t know about you but it will take several more rides to toughen my body and to tighten the slack around my middle; my spirit though is in high order – irrepressible and still reverberating and crackling from the big bang, devoid of meaning as it was but marvellous in the extreme – a motley perfection of happenstance. In the end, entropy will win but for now I’m still vibrating with the original impetus of the life-force fire. And you?

If you missed this morning’s ride, you’ll have a second chance tomorrow when we ride to Almonte, 7:30 am start. We’ll have a head wind for the outward leg and then a tailwind home. You’ll just want to be there.

For now, I say, a big thank you. There’s no group ride without riders showing up to ride. I appreciate your  commitment to the endeavour.

Important Stuff – Tentative Plan:

  • When/Who: May 24/20: ArnpriorCycling/MAFIA
  • Start: 7:30 am Stinsons on White lake Rd.
  • Where: Almonte via Tatlock
  • Description: 90 kms
  • Coffee Stops: None
  • Weather: Mainly sunny; Temp 13-23C
  • Wind: South East 15-22 kms

Okay, stay fit, firm, fine – always.

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

“It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich.”      Sarah Bernhardt

May 18/20: Six Riders; 50.9 kms; 1 hour 49; 256 metres

Hello. Well, we  had three fantastic days of cycling last weekend, capped off with a delightfully easy 50 kms on Victoria Day, under the warmest conditions we’ve had this cycling season. If you haven’t been out, you’ve missed some great riding but it’s going to get even better based on the latest forecast for tomorrow and Sunday. You won’t want to miss this great weather now that it’s finally here. There s/b lots of bare arms and legs visible, as we shed our winter cycling garb for seasonal vestments. About time!

By that I mean, as of now, it’s looking very nice; so, shorts and short sleeve jerseys will be the order of the day at 7:00 am. When was the last time you rode like that? Like nine months ago? Crazy climate we live in?

Okay, thanks to all those who ride because there is no group ride without riders showing up. It’s that simple. If you’re looking to “tighten up the slack, toughen the body, and polish the spirit”* and you’re looking for a really good workout, great company, and questionable conversation, join us. Your company would be welcome, given the wind force expected. You know, you’ll just want to be there at 7:00 am for an early start.

Any questions, just get in touch.

Important Stuff – Tentative Plan:

  • When/Who: May 23/20: 7:00 am 7.00 am ArnpriorCycling/MAFIA
  • Start: Stinsons on White lake Rd.
  • Where: Quyon Ferry; Fees $3.00
  • Schedule: Every 20 mins PQ side. Longest Ferry on the Ottawa.
  • Description: 109 kms with lots of climbing. 7:00 am Start
  • Coffee Stops: None
  • Weather: Mainly cloudy; Temp 14-23C
  • Wind: East 20-40 kms

Okay, stay fit, firm, fine – always.

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

“What is easy is seldom excellent ….. Exercise is labour without weariness” SJ

*MUeshiba

Hello to the COVID19 free –

That was another hard week of cycling with cold, windy weather but conditions are looking up for the weekend. That means leaving from Stinsons at 7:30 am (sharp) on Saturday morning.

The route will take us across the hills to Renfrew and beyond, meaning after a leisurely warmup of 7 kms, we’ll be climbing into White Lake and it will continue on from there with lots of ups and downs to test the legs and lungs. For those short of time, there are good options to swing off and loop home via a shorter route. The road surfaces should be fair to good, with sections of hardened shoulders for additional safety. I hope you find the route of interest and that you’re free to ride for an enjoyable few hours, pedalling and conversing with like minded individuals. You know, you’ll just want to be there.

The poem, Things (below), has an imaginative take on the common objects of life, naming them after parts of the body – face, legs, back, tongue, lips, neck, heart, eye, and mouth. I particularly like the “emotional language” of the bells. I reminded of my Camino walks and the ringing of cathedral bells in the villages and towns and how the sound of the bells was, as if, from centuries past.

Important Stuff – Tentative Plan:

  • When/Who: May 16/20: 7:30 am ArnpriorCycling/MAFIA
  • Start: Stinsons on White lake Rd.
  • Where: Pinnacle via Burnstown, Renfrew, S McNaughton
  • Coffee: MFB Arnprior after the ride(?)
  • Description: 95 kms of rolling countryside
  • Weather: Mix of sun and cloud, wind west 15-25 kms; Temperature 9-15C

Meantime: stay fit, firm, fine – always.

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

Things
What happened is, we grew lonely
living among the things,
so we gave the clock a face,
the chair a back,
the table four stout legs
which will never suffer fatigue.
We fitted our shoes with tongues
as smooth as our own
and hung tongues inside bells
so we could listen
to their emotional language,
and because we loved graceful profiles
the pitcher received a lip,
the bottle a long, slender neck.
Even what was beyond us
was recast in our image;
we gave the country a heart,
the storm an eye,
the cave a mouth
so we could pass into safety. Lisel Mueller

May 10/20: Six Riders; 76.4 kms; 2 hours 36; 598 metres

No sign of the COVID19 bear this morning but there was wind aplenty from the west – gusting hard and causing speed wobbles. It was a day to fly a kite or sail to New Zealand or some far away clime where the sky is blue and the air warm and the beach inviting. No such luck. So, we rode from Stinsons into the gale and zigged and zagged to thwart the wind to little avail. Eventually, we made a final turn north-east and were rewarded handsomely by twenty plus kilometres of freewheeling. Well, not exactly freewheeling but we were free from the wind, at last. It was a joyous blast of emotion all the way back to Stinsons. You really just should have been there.

Perhaps, next week?

Now, for a Baileys!

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

“Into the forest I go to lose my mind and find my soul.” John Muir

Hello –

There’s a hint of spring in the air. It’s been a difficult start to the cycling season, what with the COVID19 Queen and the harsh, cold, wet weather. Did I forget to add windy. Yes, definitely windy.

But, like a new air mass appearing on the horizon, there’s a hint of a change in the current climate on social distancing. It’s too soon to get too excited but there’s a glimmer of hope in the recent news that the tide may have turned. We’re in ‘slack’ water as we await confirmation of COVID19’s direction.

So, I’m just reaching out and confirming that the group rides will resume as soon as we get a green light from the province. Meantime, ride as much as you can to be ready when the green light comes. It’s hard, I know, to stay motivated when the RLCT has been cancelled. But, hey, we ride for fitness and health and not just for the Grandfondos.

For my part, I’ve been riding solo, mostly; and, it’s not a satisfying experience, especially on the long haul rides. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at Stinsons to reacquaint myself with the group riders. I wonder who has fared well, who has winter burn, who has emerged from their chrysalis of winter with a new body, a new attitude, and a new zest for life. Who is riding a new machine? Time is the measure of everything.

Speaking of which, I’ve come up with a new measurement: it’s the stomach fat-roll index – just another measure of COVID19’s insidious presence. I seem to have gained a fat-roll for every week under social distancing. First, there was one roll, then two, then three, then the three became a single larger roll upon which another single roll sprouted, then another roll until the two of them joined the bigger roll to make a tummy roll or bulge – not quite a beer gut but a handful now. But, don’t you just love the way the extra clothes we wear to stay warm this time of year disguise the inner body?

That’s what multiple Baileys do; but, one has to find light in the darkness where one can. That’s what I thought but no more. I’ve turned a new leaf. No more Baileys. She was never my friend, really … . Blindsided, I guess. A negative outcome is weight gain and a lower wattage output. Two w/kg is doable, just.

Regarding safety and group riding, accidents happen but some things are within our control. One thing we can do to minimize the likelihood of accidents is by riding a safe bicycle. If you haven’t already, now is a good time to get your bicycle fit for the season. That means a complete overhaul, especially if you rode big kilometres last year.  If  you’re in doubt about what needs done just google bike maintenance.

Meantime, from me: stay fit, firm, fine – always.

Tour Dates (tentative in light of COVID19)

RLCT June 13/14  Cancelled

Tour of Whitewater July 11  Cancelled

Tour de Bonnechere Mid August http://tourdebonnechere.blogspot.com/

Tour (Grandfondo PEI) Aug 28-30 http://granfondo-pei.ca/

Tour Prince Edward County Sept 12  https://www.countygranfondo.com/

Tour of Thousand Islands Sept 13 https://tigranfondo.com/the-ride/

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

“Hurrying and delaying are alike ways of trying to resist the present.” Alan Watts

Hello –

Here’s hoping you’re all well in these difficult times, more difficult for some than for others. If you’re like me, you’re lucky if you have only a few deprivations – inconveniences at most. Sure, we’ve all lost a portion of ‘paper’ net worth in the equity markets. Sure, I’d like to go for my morning coffee to the local shop the way I used to do; and, I’d like to take shelter and warm up with a hot coffee at the halfway point of my ride. Most of all, I’d really like to see all of you again, the way we used to get together like old times on the weekends for a 100+ km ride. Can’t do that now. Sure would be nice, though.

Now, I ride solo, like you, in the rain, in the cold, and in the heavy wind, always the front runner – breaking wind, so to speak. No encouragement, no hand-off to the next in-line; no good job there, no well done – bereft of comments and company, I pedal on and take what pleasure I can from the countryside and try to reflect on it all. I’m getting a glimpse of what it’s like for the aged, alone in nursing homes.

Solitary confinement doesn’t suit me. I’m not that gregarious, really; but, I do like select company, especially on long rides. Conversation is good but just the physical presence of another like-minded individual is much. Closeness doesn’t require words.

Now, new patterns supplant the old ways. It takes getting used to. Looking back serves no purpose other than to sow discontent. Moving forward is all, as is drinking. New reality. I’ve set parameters though – no Bailey’s except after 75 kms; and unlimited after 100 kms. I do enjoy one or two – one too many at times on a Saturday afternoon after a long hard ride on the bicycle, like to-day.

Life is short and in the end nothing matters. We are just a random collection of atoms after all. Nothing more. Detritus of the big bang; or, if you prefer the children of the big bang. Soon or late we expire, leaving not even a contrail of our existence. Here and then gone, as if not having existed in the first place; just a re-assemblage of cosmic matter. So, from my cosmic matter to yours, I miss out atomic interactions!

I can say this for certain. That 6 ounces of Bailey’s costs me 60 minutes of cycling time to earn.

Meantime, from me: stay fit, firm, fine – always.

Sam Stone in memory of John Prine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLVWEYUqGew

Tour Dates (tentative in light of COVID19)

RLCT June 13/14  Cancelled

Tour of Whitewater July 11  https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-d&q=tour+of+white+water

Tour de Bonnechere Mid August http://tourdebonnechere.blogspot.com/

Tour (Grandfondo PEI) Aug 28-30 http://granfondo-pei.ca/

Tour Prince Edward County Sept 12  https://www.countygranfondo.com/

Tour of Thousand Islands Sept 13 https://tigranfondo.com/the-ride/

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

I am convinced that most people do not grow up. We find parking spaces and honor our credit cards. We marry and dare to have children and call that growing up. I think what we do is mostly grow old. We carry accumulation of years in our bodies and on our faces, but generally our real selves, the children inside, are still innocent and shy as magnolias. Maya Angelou

Hello – good day to all.

On a day that began in cloud and cold air and remained so for many hours, I found it difficult to get started.  Yes, there are many impediments to starting out. Comfort is a powerful anesthesia, a warm blanket not easily thrown off in the early hours of morning. Who doesn’t want to stay in bed, shun the light, roll over, and hide? Life is an uphill grind, beginning with climbing out of bed. It was ever thus … .

“Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.” Gen 3-16

Sloth is a voluptuous siren. Entropy is omniscient. Determination, resolve, discipline are inadequate to the hour of need. Insatiable ‘Desire’ is a driving force – an Archimedes lever against lassitude and procrastination. Who has regretted the effort, hard as it sometimes is, to get out and ride. Carpe diem because COVID19 is a sneeze away. Exercise activates immunity. Were you ever more alive than gasping for breath on a long, hard climb? What’s holding you back? Go for it. Ride on!

Okay, the Premier has announced new regulations regarding group size – no more than five. And so, our group rides will remain on hold for now but there’s a possibility that we could start up soon, since many times we  have five or fewer riders at Stinsons. Stay tuned.

Right, that’s it. Always interested in contrary points of view, ideas, suggestion … .

Tour Dates (tentative in light of COVID19)

RLCT June 13/14 https://www.ottawabicycleclub.ca/rlct/regnow

Tour of Whitewater July 11  https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-d&q=tour+of+white+water

Tour de Bonnechere Mid August http://tourdebonnechere.blogspot.com/

Tour (Grandfondo PEI) Aug 28-30 http://granfondo-pei.ca/

Tour Prince Edward County Sept 12  https://www.countygranfondo.com/

Tour of Thousand Islands Sept 13 https://tigranfondo.com/the-ride/

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

“If men applied half as much common sense to their theological investigations, as they do to every other subject, they could not worship a god, who, having filled this world with millions of his children, would finally consign them all to eternal destruction except for a few” elect.    Lydia Child

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