Hello –

So, I had a friend that kept a photo on his bedside table. He drank too much. He’s resolved to quit many times; but, he failed because temptation was always at hand; he was forlorn by unreasonable emotion, and hopeless like McCandless in his bus in Alaska. Lacking insight, his nostrum deepened the darkness and engulfed him, like a black hole swallowing itself.

The lesson was obvious to me – beware beguilement of body and heart; harden up; a lesson too late for the learning. Only priests and monks and other ascetics can lead such unrestrained lives but even they eventually find the wayward path. And, then after forty days and nights in the dessert, they stumble and stagger and return parched and hungry – sun burnt and psychotic, having imagined conversing with the devil, himself.

How are you?


Tomorrow’s ride will be 100kms+. Why, you ask.

It’s all in preparation for the 100 km TDB on August 29.

Short and medium distance rides won’t cut it for training purposes; neither will short snappy intervals or 40-60 kms hard efforts. Longer rides (not that 100 kms is really that long) require a well developed aerobic energy system that relies on fat rather than carbohydrates for fuel. So, feeling good after 75 kms and feeling good after 100 kms may be a challenge if you’ve been riding short to medium rides, only.

The traditional mantra has been long and slow before going long and fast. Short and fast lacks fitness depth, like white bread lacks nutrition, and has questionable long term training effects on the body.

What do I know? Nothing.

Here is the latest from the TDB committee:

“We are excited that we are able to proceed with a live event. We are holding a BBQ afterward. Unfortunately, we will not be having our usual potluck though. We issue tax receipts for donations in excess of the entry fee. There will be mailed to the address you provided for your registration.

FYI, a few riders have expressed an interest and some (me included) have signed up. Be warned though there’s a $6 surcharge for on-line registration. You can save yourself this fee if you pay on the day of the event (but that might be a hassle).

I know some of you are hesitant about taking the plunge, like a child at the shore’s edge dipping a tentative toe into the water, and will only go forth if your buddies go first. Fair enough but if you are confident enough now, please let me know if you’re in or out, bearing in mind that we’ll only ride if the weather is favourable.

I’m happy to report that a couple of lads have tested the 50 km gravel route already. I understand they were impressed.

As for Saturday, we’re riding to Carleton Place at tempo (no racing). This is a flat course, given the distance so it shouldn’t present any difficulty. As for hill training, you’ll have to do this on your own unless you’re prepared to do hill repeats on Saturdays.

Saturday’s ride is open to G1&G2 cyclists, with options for those short of time or lack of fitness.

  • Bring sufficient food/drink.
  • NB: G1 & G2 7:30 am Start

Important Stuff July 24/21

Okay, stay fit, firm, fine – always.

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