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In-saddle picnics: fuelling for long rides

Chris Lawson at Hurtin in Haliburton 2023

I am one of these riders that forgets to eat and drink. Sometimes when I am riding with others a fellow rider will say how amazed they are at how little I eat or drink. But I suspect what they’re…

Achray to Squirrel Rapids

Detail, Opalescent Lake

The 2023 Dad-Daughter Canoe Trip I look upon all stages of my daughter’s life with joy and wonder. But this latest one is also quite handy. See this summer kiddo was a counsellor and trip guide at Camp Northway. Which…

Of baby heads and waffles: doing the Flandrien Challenge

I decided to do the Flandrien Challenge. They were two difficult days in the saddle, then the detention ride. But I did it. My family and I decided to use our first post-COVID vacation to reconnect with distant family. Mine…

Deep sleep: one month in

Ancient clock radio

I must say, it’s been a month like any other. Things other than sleep have preoccupied me. Weather. Work. The fam. Yea not in that order. I’ve been observing the No Screens Before Bedtime™ rule pretty religiously. Even to the…

A study in heat stroke maybe

Baked rider up close and personal

Yesterday was hot. As in Environment Canada heat warning hot. Maybe it was stupid of me but I went for a long ride anyway. It seems like there’s some form of weather warning every week now. For thunderstorms, tornados, heat,…

Deep sleep: week two brings ups the average

Garmin Connect sleep chart for week 2 of my experiment

I had some good — for me — ‘deep sleep’ nights this week. On Wednesday night my Garmin recorded 39 minutes of the stuff and I woke up feeling great. Saturday, after a big fat zero, I woke up feeling…

In search of deep sleep: the first week

Does eliminating screen time before bed increase the deep sleep you get?

After one week of eliminating screens before bed, I can confidently hypothesize that ‘other factors’ account for most of my deep sleep deficit. Or, that if screen time before bed is a factor, it will take some time before I’ll…