Damn. Damn damn damn damn.

I put on running shoes for the first time since Jan 8 this evening, to test these new traction aids, test clothing and see how well my achilles was progressing in preparation for the race tomorrow.

The answer? Clothing great. Traction aids probably fine. Achilles tendon? Total disaster.
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Going to Lap the Gats again: please sponsor me

Lap the Gats logo
Lap the Gats: four times around the Parkway Loop to raise money for Parkinson’s research
We don’t have real climbs, where I live. Well, not really anyway. But we have this. Please consider sponsoring me to ride this fundraiser race/ride to raise money for the University of Ottawa’s Parkinson’s Research Consortium. Any amount helps.

It’s true adequate medical research money should be one of the things we all provide through taxes. But until such a time as that’s true, there’s something that can be done to gain insight into this and other conditions that affect too many people.

The first 500km

Road bike attached to a stationary trainer
Or 516.3 km to be exact. More to come too. Haven’t actually moved an inch. It’s a little weird riding on a trainer. I tried it about ten years ago and couldn’t stand it. It’s maybe there’s better television now, but I think what really does it for me is having better intel on what’s going on.

When I last tried a stationary trainer all I had was my Cat Eye “bicycle computer” which told me how “fast” I was going. I flailed about looking for a gear and roller tension combination that felt normal, alternating huffing and puffing with bouncing up and down. I don’t think I made it through an episode of Star Trek Voyager before giving up on it.

But now, my trainer has a power meter. And I have a heart rate monitor. And if I want I can even watch a video pretending I’m hill climbing in Northern California, while the trainer adjusts the resistance every time I ascend. And I can watch my power, heart rate and cadence whether to do intervals or stay in this zone or that zone.

And because it’s cycling there’s no pressure or strain on my achilles tendon.

I’ve yet to stay on it for more than 90 minutes at a time, where I can ride outdoors (you know, like actually moving) for six and a half hours. But even that short time prepares my perineum for the cycling season.

I’ve still got one more run to do, but I am looking forward to getting the bike outside. Having a power meter has really spoiled me too. I don’t know if I can go back to riding without one.

CSIS to be given ‘power to disrupt,’ not arrest, in new anti-terror bill, CBC reports

I really hope this is one of those trial balloon thingies where the government puts out feelers, leaks ‘drafts’, spreads rumours about something far worse than they actually intend. Because if they actually do plan to let CSIS ‘disrupt’ people without due process, as CBC reports, we will truly have turned a corner into the realm of totalitarianism. Continue reading CSIS to be given ‘power to disrupt,’ not arrest, in new anti-terror bill, CBC reports

Families earning 30K-$60K to see least benefit from Tory income splitting plan

Well now I’m just shocked. The Globe has an item about some finance department documents Canadian Press unearthed via an Access to Information Act request Families earning $30K-$60K to benefit least from Tories’ family plan. Continue reading Families earning 30K-$60K to see least benefit from Tory income splitting plan

Conservatives’ red tape commision saves next to nothing

Red Tape Cuts Rated Modest Blacklock’s reports. I do so wish they’d come up with a revenue model that lets them get their journalism out there more. Because they’re actually doing as much real Hill journalism (if not more) than the entire Parliamentary press gallery. But I’ll go straight to the punch line. $21 million in two years. Aka less than one tenth of one per cent of the national budget.