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Hello –

Are you restless for the road? Are you impatient to ride with others? Are you free from coughs, fever, a running nose, and sore throat? Is anyone in your immediate circle of friends, acquaintances, and family suffering from COVID19 symptoms? If not, now’s the time.

No, the official word hasn’t changed: groups of individuals must be five or less.

We can abide by that protocol by dividing into separate groups, if necessary, and by riding two abreast when safe to do so. The research from Belgium on cycling and running is controversial and doesn’t actually address the potency and probability of infection from errant ‘spray’. Further, recent research concludes that “close and prolonged contact is required for #COVID19 transmission. The risk is highest in enclosed environments: households, public transport, ships, and certain institutional settings (like nursing homes).” Being outside is less hazardous as a rule than being inside. Ergo, Alfresco Rules!

So, if you’re in good health, full of energy, vital, alive, and jumping out of your boots and can answer ‘no’ to the above questionnaire then, maybe, you’re ready to ride with others in a group setting.

Things to Bear in Mind First

The group ‘works’ best when rider expectations are aligned, when riders are compatible and make reasonable accommodations for each other, and when the routes are varied to distance and pace, and when voices are heard and listened to within the group about likes and don’t likes. It helps, too, if there’s a common goal to bond around and to serve as an incentive for riders for weekend training. Unfortunately, there’s no RLCT this season; so, fitness, health, camaraderie, and coffee will have to suffice.

Okay, I’m almost at the important part but I’d now like to thank KO for his contribution to the group for acting as the anchor and filling in willingly when needed. Thank you, KO!

Important Stuff – The tentative plan:

  • When/Who: May 10/20: 8 am ArnpriorCycling/MAFIA
  • Start: Stinsons on White lake Rd.
  • Where: Hurds Lake Crn via Stewartville
  • Coffee: MFB Arnprior after the ride(?)
  • Description: 76 kms/361 metres of rolling countryside from the Stewartville Hill onward
  • Weather: Mix of sun and cloud, wind west 15-30 kms

Meantime: 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

IN PASSING
How swiftly the strained honey
of afternoon light
flows into darkness
and the closed bud shrugs off
its special mystery
in order to break into blossom:
as if what exists, exists
so that it can be lost.  Lisel Mueller

Hello –

How are you doing, eh? Are you bearing up under the strain of COVID19 and the COVID19 police.

For most of us, we’re lucky it’s only an inconvenience but for small business it’s a death knell. The authorities have put a gun to the head of the economy and pulled the trigger. The scale of bankruptcies and the destruction of Main St in towns will be enormous. If it’s not, then, our currency will be worthless because the printing presses will have been working overtime to print dollars to make restitution. Say goodbye to new roads, hospital, schools, and all public infrastructure. The country will be broken. The only good news here is that every other country will be in the same boat.

My take is that the official response to COVID19 has been an ill-thought-out strategy. The issue isn’t the number of potential dead; it’s really about saving the hospitals and the rate of fatalities. We could have dealt with COVID19 by a rifleman approach involving mass testing, proper segregation of the infected, and certificates of clean health for everyone else. But no, we quarantine everyone.

There’s a mouse in the shed (figuratively speaking) but instead of setting a trap selectively we set the traps in every house in the neighbourhood. Meantime, no one can walk around his/her house for fear of stepping on a trap. Crazy nut-bars in charge of the Pandemic. For my part, I don’t subscribe to the hero status of the Public Health Officials, Dr. Theresa Tam, et al. The medical professionals, the janitors, the essential workers, the shop assistants, etc., yes, for sure. The others are out to lunch. Thank God (sorry, don’t believe in God just an expression) we are not at war because if these guys were generals they’d have us all slaughtered for lack of foresight and planning.

Sorry, but, there’s way too much self-congratulations on how we’ve responded. I don’t buy that. The whole thing is a soap opera, like OJ’s trial on CNN.

Mind you, COVID19 has impacted my personal routines in the past few weeks.

I used to be abstemious about food and drink, had a reasonable diet, and had good habits but not now. Now, I’m eating, snacking really, all the time – chips, chocolate bars, candy, sesame snaps. My consumption of cheese and crackers is, well, over the top.

I used to drink one, maybe two, cups of coffee a day but not now. Now, I’m drinking coffee with the crackers and cheese, almonds, and other kitchen goodies throughout the day.

I used to be slim but not now. Now, I have a bulging waistline and my tapered, body fit cycling jerseys are a tad tight. I thought it was the bathroom scales. In fact, I was sure it was the bathroom scales but there’s no denying the fat rolls, as much as I try to.

I used to be a tee-teetotaler for most of my life but not now. Now, i enjoy a regular Bailey’s. It used to be a single drink once a week on a Saturday after a skate ski or long, hard cycle but not now. Now, I enjoy a drink anytime. Well, to be truthful, it’s one or two drinks at a time. Life just seems better afterwards.

I used to be a reasonable person, looking to the future, planning adventure and good time but not now. Now, my retirement $$ have diminished and I’m left enjoying the moment because instead of one more day it’s ‘one day less’. But, really, is there any point of cycling when there’s no coffee stop? It’s a hard grind.

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

“There are more things … likely to frighten us than there are to crush us; we suffer more often in imagination than in reality.” Seneca

Hello –

In my last Post I had anticipated the start-up of group riding to begin as early as this weekend. Since then, Cycling Canada (March 30) has published recommendations against this:

“If cyclists do not practice proper social distancing, the government may feel it has no choice but to intervene and prevent all outdoor riding which has happened in some other countries,” (NB: Spain, France; Restricted cycling in the UK; Province of Quebec under consideration).

URL here: https://cyclingmagazine.ca/sections/ridesevents/if-you-have-the-equipment-consider-training-inside-says-cycling-canada/

Accordingly, I will not post group ride details until further notice. If individuals want to make their own arrangements to ride in ones/twos, that’s fine. I don’t see an issue with that; whereas, a group of five riders may cause undue concern among the COVID19 police. The last thing we want is to be banned from cycling altogether, except for up and down one’s driveway. If the messaging doesn’t change, we will all die in bed from a coronary. It’s dangerously lacking in matters relating to exercise, in particular 250 minutes of moderate to vigorous per week. I wish the Heart Institute would speak up.

The way things are going it won’t be long before corpulent politicians and public health officials will demand permits from us to get out of bed in the morning. Instead of Stay at Home, it will be Stay in Bed! That, and the blanket dictate that 70+ individuals should stay at home is an indictment of their shotgun approach and an indictment of a society that assumes 70+ individuals are feeble.

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

ANIMALS
Have you forgotten what we were like then
when we were first rate
and the day came fat with an apple in its mouth
it’s no use worrying about Time
but we did have a few tricks up our sleeves
and turned some sharp corners
the whole pasture looked like our meal
we didn’t need speedometers
we could manage cocktails out of ice and water
I wouldn’t want to be faster
or greener than now if you were with me O you
were the best of all my days (Frank O’Hara)

Hello –

Bizarre times.  Social distance and physical separation arising from an insidious viral threat lurking nearby – on the door handle, on the faucet tap, on bits of clothing, on tabletops, on stanchions, on columns, basically everywhere and on everything. Having to go about one’s life assuming one is an asymptomatic carrier; having to act in a responsible manner to save not just yourself but your neighbour, your family members, strangers, health care workers, cashiers, and service workers everywhere. Being admonished to stay indoors, stay at home, avoid all contact with humanity. Is this a Margaret Atwood novel?

Investment portfolios decimated three times – 30+% decline in the value of blue chip equities. Life was never so easy than it was four weeks ago. Now mayhem and chaos and irrational nut-bars running for the hills with their cars full of toilet paper. What have we come to? House arrest is next, most likely. Let’s petition for country wide testing to ferret out this viral insult to our way of life.

All to say, in light of the COVID19 pandemic and in light of a ban on recreational cycling in France and in light of measures in the UK to ‘shame’ group riders, I will not be posting any rides to the Blog until we emerge on the other side of COVID19. According to one UK doctor, the expired breath of your fellow cyclists in front of you/around you during group rides contains droplets, some of which may be COVID19.

The other reason to restrict group rides is to demonstrate compliance with the national wide edict ‘to not spread the virus’. We may yet be given a general prohibition on all outdoor activity. I hope not.

Check out this chilling (but effective video from Northern Ireland) of health professionals pleading for cooperation:

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/health/coronavirus/stay-at-home-respiratory-teams-plea-to-ni-public-as-belfast-health-trust-says-coronavirus-crisis-is-our-greatest-challenge-39066280.html

For now, as individuals, we can ride in ones/twos, I suppose, but we risk incurring the wrath of fellow citizens. MG sent me a report from Belgium where a pro rider was assaulted by a passing motorist in a fit of COVID19 rage.

So, how are you doing? Bearing up nicely, I hope. I’m so lucky to have discovered skate skiing three years ago. My winters have been transformed into delight and joy. It’s a terrific challenge for the uncoordinated but can be mastered, in time; and, it’s good for the brain, requiring neuro-muscular control, balance, coordination, muscle memory, and high cardio fitness. One could find a worse pastime, i.e. dipsomania.

https://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/places/ski-conditions

http://skitrails.xcottawa.ca/skitrails_gatineau_park.php

Right, that’s it. Always interested in 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

“Meanwhile, someplace in the world, somebody is making love and another a poem. Elsewhere in the universe, a star manyfold the mass of our third-rate sun is living out its final moments in a wild spin before collapsing into a black hole, its exhale bending spacetime itself into a well of nothingness that can swallow every atom that ever touched us and every datum we ever produced, every poem and statue and symphony we’ve ever known — an entropic spectacle insentient to questions of blame and mercy, devoid of why.
In four billion years, our own star will follow its fate, collapsing into a white dwarf. We exist only by chance, after all. The Voyager will still be sailing into the interstellar shorelessness on the wings of the “heavenly breezes” Kepler had once imagined, carrying Beethoven on a golden disc crafted by a symphonic civilization that long ago made love and war and mathematics on a distant blue dot.
But until that day comes, nothing once created ever fully leaves us. Seeds are planted and come abloom generations, centuries, civilizations later, migrating across coteries and countries and continents. Meanwhile, people live and people die — in peace as war rages on, in poverty and disrepute as latent fame awaits, with much that never meets its more, in shipwrecked love.
I will die.
You will die.
The atoms that huddled for a cosmic blink around the shadow of a self will return to the seas that made us.
What will survive of us are shoreless seeds and stardust.” MP

Hello – a strange time, is it not?

Avoid alcohol – it doesn’t work; eat well, get exercise; maintain social connections, albeit keep physical distance.

It’s no fun. We’re gregarious by nature. Getting together is essential but most be managed in light of COVID19.

My plans for Mallorca have been kiboshed. So, I plan to ride locally and to post blog rides soon. For the time being, I’m skate skiing with a few others in the Gatineau. This should be good for another couple of weeks, depending upon the how much the rain erodes the snow base. If you haven’t been to the Gatineau for skate skiing or classic, it’s well worth the drive – absolutely spectacular and provides an awesome workout.

https://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/places/ski-conditions

http://skitrails.xcottawa.ca/skitrails_gatineau_park.php

As for group riding, we’ll manage this by keeping the group small and by staying apart at Stinsons and by following good hygiene on and off the bicycle. Specifically, with respect to nose blowing and expectoration, this must be curtailed in the proximity of others. KO has a good practice (note to self) of going to the back of the ride or crossing to the other side of the road. Worth following his example and doing the same.

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

Guidelines

– Move your body every day.
– Avoid processed foods.
– Go outside.
– Don’t smoke.
– Don’t get drunk.
– Sleep 7-9 hours.
– Drive From Within
– Focus On The Process
– Don’t Worry About Being Best; Worry About Being Best At Getting Better
– Be Patient
– Be Here Now
– Spend time with good people

“You can’t always control what happens but you can sometimes control what happens next. B Stulberg

Hello –

It’s been an up and down winter, with temperatures fluctuating wildly like emotions in a torrid romance, one day steamy followed by a day of cold indifference, before exploding again with new energy, like a solar flare in the night’s sky. Delightful, maddening, enlivening – always on edge waiting for the morrow.

Here is an update on the Tour de Whitewater, courtesy of Alastair:

https://tourdewhitewater.blogspot.com

Registration is now open, with a sign up early bonus for a free entry draw for those that register by Feb 29.

Other Tour Dates

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

What if Father Quinn had said, “Of course you’ll recognize
your parents in heaven,” instead of saying “Being one with God will make your mother and father pointless.”   b ras

Hello –

I forgot to mention this yesterday. It’s just an idea I have to bridge the period between when we stop riding because of cold weather and when we take up winter activities such as skiing and riding on trainers. It makes sense to be outside as much as possible and not indoors on Zwift or on a spinner or rollers. What do you think?

Okay, so here’s the plan, assuming the weekend weather is inclement for cycling. What about getting together in our running gear on Saturday/Sunday mornings at Sweet and Sassy at 8 am. We’ll run 5-10 kilometres at an easy pace on the Centennial Trail to Robert Simpson Park then to the Grove and around (the long way) to the high school track where we’ll do some laps and some intervals; from there, we’ll reverse directions and run/jog back to S&S for coffee. This is a tentative route only and it will evolve as we get run-fit. I expect the run time to be an hour or so or longer. TBD.

In any event, something to think about. It definitely will be warmer than cycling. If you’re interested, email arnpriorcycling@bell.net. If not, then, no problem; it’s just an idea. Always searching for the next big thing.

Ask yourself, where else would you rather be when the alarm rings on a weekend morning than in your track suit and running shoes jogging away the fatty bits? You know you’ll just want to be there.

What I’m listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uF9YayOgjRg    Alessia Cara

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

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