Friday, January 29, 2010

Final Answer? Yep. Final Answer

Dennis, our Toronto-based part-time RRR member, was recently in Florida on business where he was spotted by none other than Mr. Regis Philbin. At Regis' request, they had dinner together—apparently Regis wanted to know "if all Canadians are the same". During the course of the meal, however, it became clear that Regis simply wanted to join the ranks of RRR.

Sorry, Regis. While you're no doubt high in fibre, it takes someone special to bear the RRR crest. Besides, with all the time you spend with with Ripa, you'd rarely make it out to any of our club rides.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Baby, It's Cold Outside

This isn't fun

With the cold, slippery, and blustery conditions outside, it's nice to have something indoor to look forward to. Roller racing to the rescue!

This is fun

Friday, January 22, 2010

"Daddy's A Cookie Monster"

Off-season training is hard. If I could drop a few of my several extra pounds and elevate my anaerobic threshold, I'd be really happy. I try to keep pace with guys like this by putting my time on the trainer, but then my efforts to be good are undone in mere seconds.

It all starts on days like today, for example, when the kids are home for an in-service. I know I'm in trouble the second I walk in the door after a long day at work, sitting on my ass, doing nothing but staring at a computer monitor. Mmmm...the smell of freshly-baked chocolate chip cookies hits me like a sledgehammer on a pumpkin. Game over. Will-power is only something I've ever read about.

I love my wife and kids, I really do. After half a dozen cookies, I don't like them much for the guilt I feel. Of course, I know I have no one to blame, but me. I think need help.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Pain on Two Wheels

Good times, bad times, you know I've had my share...but next to some of these, I can't complain. If a picture tells a thousand words, I think there's a lot of cussing here.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

RRR Group Ride and 2010 AGM

Two days into the new year and we've already had our first RRR club ride. Other "social" clubs can't boast being the first to do so in 2010 (RRR:1, FGBC:0). Despite windchill warnings on one of the coldest days of the year, Mike, Brad, Michelle, and I set out on a nearly two-hour epic ride to remember.

Later at Finn McCue's we were joined by Duece and Lars for discussion of agenda items including t-shirts, jerseys and other pieces of team clothing, a spring classic throwdown, the 24 Hours of Falcon Ridge, and the group's interest in putting on a cyclocross race in the fall. Other topics, such as RRR lack of male pattern baldness (RRR:2, FGBC:0), elk hunting in Banff National Park, bike parts, Floyd's guilt as a doper (RRR:2, FGGB:-1), the FGD Challenge, semi-professional cycling in Europe, and pitching in to give Kevin B help with the Wednesday Night Race Series.

2009 was a great season for the resurrected RRR bike club. We're all eager to build on our club's successes, as a group and as individuals, in 2010.

Brad, Michelle, and Mike (in the background) attempt a figure-8 race

Mike contemplating how to best Don S at the first ITT of 2010

Checking out the new river trail

It's bidness time

Real men drink Guinness

Even though we love 'em , "the help" had a thing to say to our rivals after learning of the FGD Challenge