My Awesome Commute

I’m trying to make people jealous this week, posting pictures of my awesome bike commute. From the west end through the experimental farm to downtown, I can do my whole ride in about 40 minutes. It’s a bit longer coming back home since there’s a few more uphills. I usually get to work with sore cheeks from smiling the entire way in, the bike path is gorgeous on a bright sunny day. 🙂

I’ve been taking rest days (on the bus) to keep from over-doing things, but once I’ve had a taste of the bike it’s always so hard to ride the stinky bus. 🙂

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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!

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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En Guarde!

Natasha and I joined some friends for a workshop at Ottawa Swordplay over the weekend, and we had a blast! The group practice the late medieval Germanic “Liechtenauer” sword tradition, involving lots of longsword moves and counter-moves. Better yet – they practice it with real (but dulled) swords – it was pretty rad hearing the heavy clang of steel as we tried to take each other’s heads off. 🙂 The staff were excellent and took good care to prevent us from actually killing eachother – they teach kid versions of the class with foam swords and little helmets. It must be unbearably cute.

We’re only in our exercise outfits in this picture – our suits of armour were at the cleaners. 😉 (If ever there was an excuse for some medieval cosplay outfits…)

I’m pretty sure I’m going to go back again!

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