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/

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