Can You Do This?

Can You Do This?

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Five Stretches Every Cyclist Should Work on During the Off Season

Five Stretches Every Cyclist Should Work on During the Off Season

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Strength Training Exercise for Cyclists in the Off Season

Strength Training Exercise for Cyclists in the Off Season

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Six Off Season Training Tips for Cyclists

Six Off Season Training Tips for Cyclists

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Another Year Done of Riding

Another Year Done of Riding

2019 was my third year having a membership with Randonneurs USA (RUSA.org). And it was yet a third variation of participation. The first year I rode only calendar events (FN1, see below), and those were mostly through the club I affiliate with: Pennsylvania Randonneurs (PA Rando). I started out that year with the goal of doing one 200k event each month put on by PA Rando starting in January, and finishing in December. Thus I was aiming to do a fully calendared R-12 in a calendar year – something VERY FEW members of RUSA achieve. That goal morphed into getting three more awards that year that RUSA offers: ACP Super Randonneur, American Explorer, and the RUSA Cup. And I achieved all my goals in 2017.

In 2018 my goals were to earn the remaining nonrepetitive RUSA awards I had not picked up in 2017: American Randonneur Challenge, Coast-to-Coast 1200km, and the K-Hound. I started out on track to achieve my goals, but in late April I got injured which sidelined me for the better part of the middle of the year. I rode several RUSA perms early in the year, but due to my injury I did not ride much thereafter. The only awards I earned in 2018 were the ACP Super Randonneur, and the PA Rando Honor Roll since my ACP Super Randonneur award was earned by riding only PA Rando events. I fell just a little short of earning my second RUSA Cup. I still owed the 1000k and fleche events.

This year (2019) did not offer many 1200k events – the events that I need to ride in order to earn the American Randonneur Challenge and Coast-to-Coast 1200km awards.  I could have focused on those two awards this year and probably have attained them. In fact, I did end up riding one 1200k event. But I would have had to ride a second 1200k event in the early part of the year – not something I wanted to do since I was committed to doing a 1000k event in March in order to get my second RUSA Cup.  So the goals this year I set for myself were to get two RUSA Cups (a second and third for me), and the K-Hound award. I’d have to wait until 2020 to get the American Randonneur Challenge and Coast-to-Coast 1200k awards.

This year pretty much went according to plan. I must emphasize the words “pretty much.” I was able to earn my second RUSA Cup, but the third one eluded me. I wasn’t able to ride two Fleche events – just one. Poor planning on my part. And I entered a 1000k event that I DNF’d which was an incredible disappointment to me. That 1000k failure affected my other goal of completing the K-Hound by early July sometime. Without the credit for the 1000k failed event, I had to ride 1000k of perms to make up the deficit. That caused me to not hit K-Hound until August 20th. Bummer. Of course, there are not too many K-Hounders who have earned their award as early in the year as August 20. I was the 6th RUSA member to earn K-Hound in 2019. So that was an extra accomplishment.

I successfully completed most of the requirements toward a third RUSA Cup this year. However, again I still owe the 1000k event and a Fleche event. I’ll be able to squeeze those two events in next year (2020) along with two 1200k events. That’ll get me all the RUSA awards I seek. And I won’t be seeking any RUSA awards thereafter.
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FN1. Calendar events show up on the RUSA Calendar. The “Calendar” is a ride search list. The other option to do rides is called Permanents, or perms, for short.

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Sickest Country in the World

Sickest Country in the World

This is the result of a corrupt political system and a corrupt healthcare industry that those corrupt politicians allow to continue to exist.

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Low Carb Pizza Sauce

Low Carb Pizza Sauce

Looks pretty easy to make. 🙂

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