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cmkl: Ottawa Granfondo: that was a ride

Wherein I describe riding 235km over about eight hours and learn that I should never ride in a peloton.

cmkl: Base layers: the old man and the undershirt

Part two of a series on my search for the perfect all-day cycling kit. Base layers.

cmkl: Between a sofa and a plank: the search for the bike saddle of my dreams

Aka mister goldilocks goes to the bike store. Again.

cmkl: Trans-Outaouais Terror

Sure the maps all say there’s a road there. And so what if there’s no Google Street View? How bad could it be? I’ve got wide tires and disc brakes. That should be fine, right? Right. So off I went. It wasn’t supposed to be all that hard. But there were some tell-tale signs that … Continue reading Trans-Outaouais Terror →

cmkl: Numbers or it didn’t happen: measuring success on the internet

Live tweets plus deck from a 90 minute presentation I gave to union communicators at the Canadian Association of Labour Media conference in Victoria June 18-20. [View the story “Numbers or it didn’t happen: measuring success on the internet” on Storify]

cmkl: Cut Paste and Post: using open source content management systems

Live tweet of a 90 minute workshop I gave at the 2015 CALM Conference in Victoria about using open source content management systems for union communicators. [View the story “Cut paste and post – open source content management systems” on Storify]

cmkl: Sunday was pretty good too

End to end, 5:22, moving time: 5:17. Not as speedy as Saturday, but still much faster than my 5:45 target. I have the wind to thank for a bit of it, but I do believe the training has been working. I wouldn’t have actually stopped at all if my power meter hadn’t suddenly gone dark … Continue reading Sunday was pretty good too →

cmkl: We are back

Friday night to Tuesday afternoon is a long time to be gone. I apologize for that. I will be investigating the cost of reducing the downtime involved in a catastrophic disk failure and will be looking to ensure that my remote backup (which saved my ass) gets all the loving it needs. Because I do … Continue reading We are back →

cmkl: Trouble is how to repeat that

This is my only mid-ride photo from the first half of the Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour. The tl;dr is that I killed it. The wind was favourable for sure. I was aiming to cut 20 minutes off my last year’s time and crack the six hour mark. I told my coach I though 5:45 was … Continue reading Trouble is how to repeat that →

cmkl: Server issues

My server is having hard disk issues and will be having a diskectomy Sunday night. Naturally the timing coincides with a busy weekend of biking. Wish me luck. Report weirdness. 

cmkl: Podium

Admittedly a small field, but I came in second in my age group today in Lap the Gats. I am thrilled. Apparently there’s this thing on the internet called “humble bragging”? I’m just going to brag brag. I was seventh overall in a field of 165 riders in this charity event where you go four … Continue reading Podium →

cmkl: Clif shot gels solve the ‘what to do with the tab’ problem

   This is all I’m going to be saying about gels. And other cycling ‘nutrition’. Swearsies. But for those times when I don’t want a pizza, I’ve got a new favourite – Clif Gel Shots. Don’t care what flavour. Why? Because they solve the ‘what to do with the tab’ problem. See you eat these … Continue reading Clif shot gels solve the ‘what to do with the tab’ problem →

cmkl: The quest for good goo: Clif savoury gels – Margherita pizza in a tube

I have been struggling with in-saddle nutrition of late. Whatever other goals you may have for weight maintenance, loss or gain, “eating while biking” after you get past a certain time or distance is all about avoiding that sudden onset of fatigue or exhaustion known as “bonking.” Not that kind of bonking. I’ve done it … Continue reading The quest for good goo: Clif savoury gels – Margherita pizza in a tube →

cmkl: The NDP’s amazing win in Alberta – suggested reading for after the hangover

I have only the highest praise for everyone who put Rachel Notley and the Alberta NDP in power over the last months – indeed years. They are some exceptionally talented intelligent and hard-working people. And everyone’s euphoria is absolutely warranted. So I feel like a miserable, cynical shit for writing what I am about to … Continue reading The NDP’s amazing win in Alberta – suggested reading for after the hangover →

cmkl: The cold, hard factual stupidity of Ontario selling its electrical utility: Hugh Mackenzie on rabble.ca

Normally I’d be all “but this represents Ontarians’ birthright, stuff that we have worked hard for and built with blood sweat and taxes” over the Ontario Liberals’ plan to sell Hydro One. But Hugh Mackenzie, an economist who works with CCPA, has another take. A rather cold, realpolitik, Bay Street take on why selling off … Continue reading The cold, hard factual stupidity of Ontario selling its electrical utility: Hugh Mackenzie on rabble.ca →

cmkl: Handed in our notice at the day care

For the last eight years every working day our daughter Mallory has been in the care and tutelage of the teachers at Glebe Parents Day Care. I still remember those days in July 2007 when I took Mallory to the toddler room at the main centre for her integration week.  I was far more freaked … Continue reading Handed in our notice at the day care →

cmkl: Chemin Farrellton

Fabulous ride today, up around Denholm, down towards Wakefield and then back past Edelweiss and up through a series of back roads that ended up with a four kilometre stretch of ATV trail. Hilariously, part of it was totally underwater as spring runoff from the surrounding hills was using it to make its way way … Continue reading Chemin Farrellton →

cmkl: Armine, I need to hear more about this ‘fix don’t scrap TFSA’ business

I have huge amounts of respect for Armine Yalnizyan. In the People’s Republic of Chris she is Finance Minister. For life. However her latest item on rabble.ca wherein she (or her headline writer) calls for the Tax Free Savings Account program to be fixed (as opposed to scrapped) has got me thinking she’s plugged in … Continue reading Armine, I need to hear more about this ‘fix don’t scrap TFSA’ business →

cmkl: Seniors organizations support doubling the TFSA limit? Can we have a source please?

Normally the Globe’s Parliament Hill coverage is pretty good. But this Bill Curry item makes the unattributed claim that seniors organizations support the trial-ballooned proposal to double the annual contribution limit to tax free savings accounts (TFSAs). Really? Which ones? The Society of Retired CEOs? Or maybe the Grey Circle at the Empire Club? It … Continue reading Seniors organizations support doubling the TFSA limit? Can we have a source please? →

cmkl: Eduardo Galeano has died

Eduardo Galeano, one of my favourite writers has died. The cited Huffpo article says he died of cancer. There was a power to his writing. A wit. A lyrical quality that brought the truth of colonialism and the history of Latin America into razor sharp focus, leaving me laughing even in outrage. I’m sad to … Continue reading Eduardo Galeano has died →

cmkl: Bushtukah changes gendered promo copy after complaint from awesome blogger

Okay, I admit it. Irene Jansen is my partner. But I still think it’s pretty cool that she got the normally excellent outdoor gear retailer Bushtukah to change some of the promo copy for its kids bikes so that it’s not so Ken and Barbie.

cmkl: The first 2000km

With the exception of my spring break 100km ride in Essex, UK and 180km of commuting when I remembered to turn on Strava, it’s all been indoors. Today I had planned to ride outside. With both wheels. I spent some time yesterday getting all the sensors lined up, took the bike into The Cyclery for … Continue reading The first 2000km →

cmkl: First solo walk to school

This actually happened Monday, but things were too squirrelly to note it then. However I cannot let this even go unmarked. Lately she’s been walking to school with her next door neighbour and friend C. Which has been great – school is not far, there’s a crossing guard and C. is older by a couple … Continue reading First solo walk to school →

cmkl: Canada’s public sector keeps private sector pain at bay: Michael Babad in the Globe

Okay, that’s my take on his headline. Unlike him, I am morally and contractually bound not to repeat the enemy’s framing. At least in a headline. But apart from that Babad’s commentary in the Globe today is just about right. It’s a critique of a CFIB study complaining about how much harder life is for … Continue reading Canada’s public sector keeps private sector pain at bay: Michael Babad in the Globe →

cmkl: Heading home

After a short stay in London I’m heading home today. Currently enjoying Heathrow’s new terminal 2. Here’s a photo for you from yesterday’s walk about.