Monday, 28 January 2013

One Million Kilometers

photo Winnipeg Free Press
 Lindsay Gault is a Winnipeg Cycling icon. Before he owned Olympia Cycle and Ski he was a highly competitive athlete. After he sold Olympia and became a bike courier, he remained a highly competitive athlete. He almost killed himself in one race but he is still planning to do the same race again.

I used to take my bike to Olympia for repairs before I aquired the tools to do fix it myself, or started hanging out with the Geek, who loves to fix things. Lindsay is a lovely man with a great deal of unobtrusive advice.

He is completing is one millionth kilometer in the Arrowhead 135 bike race. A celebration will  occur on February 2 (when he returns home?) at 1130 at the Forks in Winnipeg. If I am in town, I plan to be part of the throng, but on foot; Eselin will be staying home-she doesn't go out in the salt, and my winter bike has a front-fork recall that has not been repaired.

And for anyone who is planning to visit Winnipeg, Lindsay and his wife Lynne run a Bed-and-Breakfast, Galbriath House, in a beautiful, central part of town. I am sure you will have the skinny on all things Winnipeg should you stay there.


Sunday, 27 January 2013

I'm Preaching to the Choir

This article is from the Montreal Gazette.

Want to get rid of that spare tire? Ditch the car.

Commuting Car Want to get rid of that spare tire? Ditch the car.

Commuting by car adds unwanted weight, even if you’re no stranger to the gym, says a study published in this month’s issue of the American Journal of Preventative Medicine.
The study out of Adelaide, Australia, categorized 822 commuters as either non-car commuters, occasional car commuters or daily car commuters. Their weight as well as physical activity was monitored over four years.
All three sets of commuters gained weight over the course of the four year study (1.26-2.8 kg). Not surprisingly, the non-car commuting group gained 1.5 kg less than the daily car commuters. What was surprising is that car commuters who exercised regularly weren’t able to totally attenuate the weight gain associated with sitting in the car everyday. Active non-car commuters however managed to keep the weight off.
The results of this study mirrors other research findings suggesting that moderate levels of exercise aren’t enough to ward off the negative health effects of too much sedentary time.
“In order to achieve the level of physical activity needed to prevent weight gain, it may be more realistic to accumulate physical activity in other domains such as transport, rather than focusing on the single domain of recreation,” said the study authors.

Friday, 25 January 2013

A Marvelous Sign

A great sign to remind people they have a choice. A good sign that times are changing.