My 100km Bike Ride

My buddy Greg was looking for a partner to do the Rideau Lakes Cycling Tour, a 100km bike ride along the Rideau River system to Kingston, so I signed myself up and we hit the road!

100km is the furthest I’ve ever cycled in one go, so it presented some interesting learning opportunities. I ended up buying my first pair of cycling shorts, I got some unusual sunburns (don’t wash your hands after applying sunscreen) and earned a pair of seriously tuckered out legs, but the ride was a blast and I’d do it again in a heartbeat.

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Photo credit goes to Greg – thanks dude!

Damaged Goods

I had an awesome opportunity last week to work with Jocelyn Todd and the dancers from this week’s Fringe Festival production “Damaged Goods“. It was exciting to get a sneak peek of the show at the tech rehearsal – the dancers are incredible, and the choreography leads us between deeply moving and downright frightening scenes on stage. The first act is a portrait of a bad relationship – menacing postures, vulnerable reactions, tormented writhing. It’s beautiful and scary and intimate. The second act is a kind of post-apocalyptic conceptual piece, featuring monstrous creatures fighting over a tiny light – it’s exciting and dark and full of strange interactions between the dancers. Definitely a show worth catching, particularly if you’re looking to take in something a little different from the standard Fringe comedies and confessionals.

I snapped a bunch of photos during the rehearsal, and even though a lot of it takes place on a very dark stage, managed to salvage a bunch of shots through arty black-and-white manipulations. I think I managed to capture the tone, for at least some of it!

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Head Start

I had mentioned in a previous post that I had a “secret weapon” for my garden this year – I built a seed starting station in my basement. It’s a pair of fluorescent tubes in a simple fixture, suspended over a wire shelf by a set of chains that I can draw up or lower down so I keep the light just above the sun-thirsty baby leaves.

I worked out the math: because I’m running the lights on a timer, only at night, I only use something like $2.80 a month in electricity – a bargain considering the cost of plants at a garden centre. I might make one improvement next year – a warming pad or something to keep the seeds toasty. It gets cold overnight in the early spring and germination happens way faster with some direct heat.

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I grew up surrounded by farmer’s greenhouses, so I’ve got green tech deep in my subconscious. I’d like to explore building some greenhouse boxes outside for early spring planting. I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled for spare windows on kijiji.

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Pink Lake Ride

Greg and I biked from the west end of Ottawa to Pink Lake in the Gatineau hills, and then back! 42 kilometers, uphill both ways! (Okay – technically that’s impossible, but there were lots of hills in both directions.)

I’m really proud of myself! I’ve never biked into the Gatineau hills before, and I’ve never really biked this distance before, I don’t think. My legs were a bit rubbery towards the end, but I have a good feeling about the 100km ride I’m going to be making in a few weekends. :)

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Twins for Breakfast

This won’t score me any points with my vegan friends, but the other day Natasha and I cracked a double-yolked egg. This actually happens pretty frequently in nature, about one in a thousand, but it takes us years to eat through a thousand eggs, so it seems to be a spectacularly rare occurrence. :) I should go buy a lottery ticket!

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