Summertime

Summer is a time to kick back and relax. That does not necessarily mean being inactive, but what it does mean to me is taking a break from social media and getting outdoors to enjoy the sun, the scenery, and real people doing real things. I have very little time now to post on social media as I am endeavouring to live my life to the fullest, by my standards, and not that which is imposed on us by the constant nagging of social media.

Here is a short video of some of my playtime activities to keep the electronically dependant happy for a least…well..um…30 seconds or so ūüôā

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The Eclectic Moment

It’s not very often you see a grown man clipping along on a rather sophisticated kick-scooter. My first instinct was to giggle, but then I thought to myself, “Why not?“. The guy is out there on a cool morning having fun and getting some exercise. Kudos for the dude on the kick-scooter!

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The Human Powered Vehicle

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Milan РTricycle holds 3 world records  

So, I have been thinking…it has been so cold and windy in Saskatchewan to really enjoy road cycling. Perhaps, it is time to rethink how I ride. A human-powered-vehicle (HPV), as depicted with a front wheel generator to power a portable car heater would do the trick. Throw in a hidden bottom bracket motor for the hills and I am set. I might even win a few Tuesday night time trials ūüėČ

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The Vivax-Assist motor and battery fit in your bike frame and provide 200 watts for 60 minutes.

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The Saturday Morning Easy Spin?

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The Saturday Group Ride. Easy Spin? Yeah…right.

Some of the old-timers (Grand Masters) at the Regina Cycling Club might remember the people and the all too familiar scenario depicted here, only with a modern twist to the story.

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I feel FAT…

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Actually, 30+ years of road cycling, but who’s counting.

Some people travel by car, others by airplane, and some by boat. I prefer to travel on a bicycle.

My distance logged on Strava is

13370 kilometers

That can be converted to

8307 miles

But please note that the kilometer
is the only official distance unit for cycling!

It is roughly like riding from:

Buenos Aires

to

Anchorage

(which is exactly 13419 kilometers as the crow flies)

And it is exactly

33.36%

of the earth’s circumference

This is the result of

472 rides

So, my average distance is

28.33 kms per ride

While my all-time distance record is

105.5 kms in one ride

My total riding time is

25 days

0 hours

41 minutes

24 seconds

And my all-time average speed is

22.26 km/h

It can be converted to

13.83 mph

Again, you should start to learn
how the metric system works.

Speaking of elevation,
my all-time record is

1526.7 meters in one climb

While my average effort is

117.1 meters per ride

That means that I rode a total elevation of

55281 meters

Approximately, it’s like climbing

Mount Everest 6 times

In fact, Everest is 8848m high
and it’s the highest peak on earth

At about 50000m, I would have passed
the stratosphere and entered the

mesosphere

This is the layer where most meteors
burn up upon atmospheric entrance

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Easter is full of surprises…

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A good start to the 2017 Road Racing season. ©2017 Bruce Kraus. All rights reserved.

I woke up later than usual this morning, about 7:00 AM. I’ve made a delicious¬†caramel latte and am just settling in to enjoy the view from my living room windows. Originally, I had planned to go for a two to three hour road ride with a new friend from the Regina Cycling Club, but I cancelled out last night after another cold and windy ride yesterday.

As some of you have figured out by now, I can be quite stubborn. I like to view it as being tenacious and never letting go. However, Saturday’s ride was really cold with a strong Northwest wind that seemed to pierce through several layers of clothing like a full-metal-jacket bullet piercing through armour. I may as well have been riding naked for all the good my fancy pants cycling clothing did for¬†me.

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A fast moving peloton. Regina Cycle Club Tuesday night racing. ©2017 Bruce Kraus. All rights reserved.

Speaking of naked, once a year the fine city of Regina hosts a bicycle courier race in the late fall. It is held at night with all kinds of crazy challenges and numerous mishaps. Couriers, by nature, are an insane bunch of people who are well known around the world for their daring and often nonsensical stunts in heavy vehicular traffic. When these same people get cranked up on alcohol and who knows what else, after the race, the result is almost comical. Each year the participants parade naked on their bikes through a well known Cathedral area¬†coffee house and eatery. They “sneak” through the back door and ride through the establishment, out the front door to a very busy street. It is a wonder that the Paddywagon is not there to greet them ūüėČ

But…I digress. Perhaps I am being a little too cheeky¬†here.

The new plan was for an easy recovery ride, a.k.a. ride with suplesse, for this morning. Unfortunately, it is snowing outside Рyes, you read that right. The weather is so unpredictable in Spring in my neck-of-the-prairies, that it is often not worth planning anything outdoors, even a day in advance.

The snow brings back many fond childhood memories of easter egg hunting in the snow and the trees. My mom and dad typically¬†made our little hunts fun and very challenging. Each one of us “earned” our chocolate and surprises on Easter morning. We also attended a Catholic Mass every Easter, joined together with so many other family members and friends in our little town on the prairies.

Speaking of Church, it is time for me to shower, shave, and shine my shoes. I am also heading out to Church for our Easter celebrations. This year, our little Church will be holding three services just to accommodate all the guests. Not bad for a little group of Millennials who initially met in a friend’s basement some six years ago.

Happy Easter!

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