June 03/18: 73 Kms; 2 Hrs, 20; 413 Metres; Twelve Riders

Another fantastic ride on the roads of Renfrew County. Where else would you rather be? Mind you, somewhere with less wind might be desirable.

That was another tough day, although somewhat shorter than usual. All this in aid of our tapering efforts for the RLCT. Fatigue, Fitness, Form – these three must be in balance. “The goal of any taper can be described with a simple equation: freshness, plus fitness, equals fun.” That according to Colin Batchelor. Worth noting, I think.

Your goal for the next three days should be to reduce mileage by 20% from your normal training workload. Take Thursday and Friday off. Do at least one short, hard ride. That’s it. Think of it this way. When the porridge is cooked, you turn the element down and let it simmer. If you continue to cook at full gas, it’ll burn the vessel. So, too, will you if you continue to boil away this week.

Oh, and, eat well, and hydrate, too. We’ve trained hard for the RLCT. Let’s not jeopardize that now. Less is more in this instance. Got it?

As for to-day’s ride, it was great to see a big turnout at Stinsons this morning. Mind you the pace from the get go was a bit much. I’ve spoken to the new guy about that. Enough said.

Well, it has been an eventful six weeks of cycling. By that I mean, we’ve had our share of incidents. Some (mine from yesterday) were self-inflicted. But, to-day’s involving Blair was the consequence of an inattentive driver. Blair is so lucky to not have sustained a major injury or death. It’s not everyday a cyclists gets clipped by a vehicle and walks away with minor scrapes and bruises. Thank goodness he landed on the grass verge and missed the light standard. The bottom line is that we’re not safe on a bicycle. That’s a sad fact, and a sobering one.

General Info

RLCT rules of the road: https://www.ottawabicycleclub.ca/rlct/rlct-code-of-conduct

Website from EC: https://onlinecyclinggear.com

What I’m listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZACwVOJXpn0

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

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Many arrivals make us live: the tree becoming
Green, a bird tipping the topmost bough,
A seed pushing itself beyond itself,
The mole making its way through darkest ground,
The worm, intrepid scholar of the soil —
Do these analogies perplex? A sky with clouds,
The motion of the moon, and waves at play,
A sea-wind pausing in a summer tree.
What does what it should do needs nothing more.
The body moves, though slowly, toward desire.
We come to something without knowing why.    Theodore Roethke