As a former Cross Country and Track coach, it seemed I always had my nose in some training book or multiple periodicals regarding training, nutrition and well being. One of my strengths as a coach was to always keep an open mind, and a willingness to try something different. So please enjoy the articles that I have posted, and hopefully we all pick up something new that we can incorporate into our very active Bend lives.
I will try to post two to three articles a month that are relevant to the cycling enthusiast. Enjoy!
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The Kickoff using Zoom Webinar, while not a socially enjoyable beer pub, worked OK. If you are interested in the club or wish to help your friends understand what COWs is about, below are two useful links. The first link is to the slides (like PowerPoint, but using Google Slides). The second link is to the YouTube upload of the actual KickOff event with the slides in the foreground and me in a little square, describing the slides. There is a good Q&A at the end, with the audience typing questions, and me verbally responding. I look forward to having the Kickoff at a fun pub in 2022. - Sam
2/15/21 COWs Digest
“What a long strange trip it’s been.” Jerry Garcia’s words seem especially poignant in early 2021. Normalcy is looking pretty good about now. To that end, we, the COWs board, are planning on rebooting the Club this spring. The good news is that the Club is in fine shape. We have $6,000 in the bank, about the same as when the pandemic started. We have 154 current members, down from our 225 peak. But many members wrote to tell me that they were hibernating until the Club started again.
I hope everyone is fit and healthy. We are lucky that we live in Central Oregon with easy access to outdoor activities, low population density, AND a major hospital, in the state with the 4th lowest rate of infection. I do feel fortunate.
While things can change, and things will change, we are planning 2021 activities based on the assumption that most members will be vaccinated by mid-summer. But we also hope to have group rides and other activities this spring. Here are some of our early planning thoughts.
A Webinar Kickoff in mid-April
We will likely use Zoom and have availability for 100 guests. We’ll: 1) discuss how the pandemic will reshape the COWs (hint: more gravel, mountain, Zwift rides), 2) take real-time polls, 3) get everyone excited about riding. Watch the Club Calendar page for time and date.
TLC Tweed Road in April/May
Early in the pandemic the COWs adopted Tweed Road. We were given some nice signage on Tweed for the promise of removing litter from this beautiful two mile stretch of country road. Club members looking for some outdoor time and do-good time will socially distance/mask and pick up litter. The County’s webpage on this program is https://www.deschutes.org/road/page/adopt-road. Event information will be on the Club Calendar page.
Until we are all vaccinated, we will adhere to Oregon guidelines. No rides will have more than 8 people and ride leaders can set whatever size limit they wish below 8. We’ll have a fairly lengthy do and don’t list available weeks before the first ride.
One fun idea is something called a corral ride. We can meet at an outdoor location, like Discovery Park Pavillion (the corral). When 6 people show up or 20 minutes has elapsed from the first to arrive, we take off on the predefined course. Then the next group forms and they take off. Etc.
Additionally, we could have larger group rides for those that are fully vaccinated.
Finally we have Zwift rides if you have the apparatus. They are fun and the technology allows different paced riders to hang together. There is even a communal voice channel that allows us to talk to each other.
Staying in Touch
Many COW members are using Strava to keep tabs on what fellow members are doing for exercise. Others are members of ZwiftCows. Lots of people are following the Cows Facebook page.
February is a great month to bring your bike into a local shop for a tune-up. Even if you only rode it minimally in 2020, a professional check of your tires, brake pads, chain, and other important parts is prudent. Also bike parts are in short supply, order them now.
Hoo-Rags. We have Hoo-Rags with the COWs logo, available for $15 each on COWs website > Merch. I’ve been using mine as an impromptu mask for skiing, hiking, and biking (see below). If these sell out we can order more.
COW jersey, shorts, and bibs - We plan to open orders on April 1 and close new orders on April 30. This order period is when you can get the color and sizes you want. We’ll get our orders shipped mid-June. If you miss the ordering window, Peak 1 usually has extra inventory to sell in limited sizes and colors.
If you know of any hibernating members let them know to check our website for the dates of the kickoff event, the Tweed Clean-up, and the back on the saddle dates. Wish us luck!
Sam Handelman, Prez in Brief
- It's fine to cycle alone
- Don't take risks: don't tackle something at the edge of your limits on your road or mountain bike.
Any kind of incident that puts you in the ER right now is bad for two reasons: you consume supplies that will very soon be needed for C-19 patients and you run the risk of becoming infected because that's where all the sickest people will be. (Thanks Colin)
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The Deschutes National Forest’s Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District said Tuesday it is seeking public comments through April 2, regarding a proposed 3.6-mile paved path from Knott Road on Bend’s south end to the Lava Lands Visitor Center.
In a scoping document released Tuesday, the Forest Service entity says the 10-foot-wide multi-use path for non-motorized travel would provide connectivity to recreation sites and other trails in the area.
The path would parallel the west side of Highway 97 and provide transportation options between visitor destinations such as the High Desert Museum, Lava Butte and the visitor center, District Ranger Kevin Larkin said.
Project details and map (PDF): http://www.fs.usda.gov/nfs/11558/www/nepa/113171_FSPLT3_5242126.pdf
Jordan Daniels, Jordan, J Strips (insert bacon emoji), Jordo, Jordy Boy, The Kid, Hey You, are all names I will answer to.
I have been enjoying bikes since I could walk. I ride both mountain and road bikes. When I am in the dirt, I turn the computer off, leave the phone in the car, put on some loose shorts, a cotton t-shirt, and go slam some berms and scrub some tables with the boys. What I love about mountain biking the most is how sketchy it can get: being able to react to every bump, berm, climb, decent, jump, drop, rock, root while on the trail at a high rate of speed is something I look forward to.
On the road, I prefer the tap dancing outfit with shiny white shoes and form fitting Lycra to squeeze out every possible power watt, while riding in a group or solo, around Central Oregon. What I love about road biking is digging deep into a mental hole and asking myself why I chose to be here and doing everything I can to climb out of it in order to hang onto a wheel or just finish the ride- what ever distance that day brings. It is amazing what distance 10+ strong riders can cover when they all work together. I didn't realize what passion I would have towards the sport until I started sharing the workload with others and really becoming an efficient machine.
A little bit about myself. I have lived in Oregon my entire life. I grew up in Klamath Falls, Oregon, moved to Ashland, Oregon in 2008 to begin college. After obtaining my undergraduate degree, I moved to Portland Oregon in 2013 to live with my now wife, Camelia Mayfield, while she finished her Bachelor's in Social Work. We moved to Bend in 2015. Camelia later finished school with a Master's in Social Work and I pursued my career in business. I am a Edward Jones Financial Advisor here in town and absolutely love my career. Camelia works at St. Charles in the ER as a social worker. While I love to bike and play with numbers, she is an absolute beast of a runner. Together, we love being surrounded by the mountains and playing in them as much as possible. I am happy to call Central Oregon my home now and likely forever.
I sought out the COW's group at the end of Summer 2019 and found myself enjoying the sense of community it provides. That is what kept me coming back time and time again. The welcoming everyone gave when I was still the funny new guy of the club is hard to recreate in any other riding clubs around Central Oregon. I hope to pass along the same hospitality to any potential new members in the community as this is such a wonderful group to not only find new routes, and eat way too much at the Christmas party, but to establish new long lasting friendships. I find myself now wanting to meet up with people I've meant through he group outside of COW's to go on rides, ski, BBQ etc. and I feel like that is pretty irreplaceable.
Go ride your bike.
The upcoming Bend Transportation Bond in May is important to the future of biking in Bend. We'll keep you informed starting with:
RideWithGPS Club is a great way to navigate our rides. Go to Central Oregon Wheeler RidewithGPS Club (free), and click "Apply to Join".
Using their free mobile app, you get Voice Navigation on your phone, and Offline Maps on your phone. Other benefits too! We have a list of over 100 sortable COW routes.
For most members this post is irrelevant. Last night the Board decided to cancel our $90 a year PO Box that mainly collected junk mail. In the past year about 4 members joined or renewed by mailing a check vs the online credit card payment method. To make matters worse for the mail picker-uppers, recently the post office hours for using the PO Box went from 24 hours-7 days a week, to a Monday through Friday 9-5 system.
As an all volunteer organization, we have always preferred credit card payment. We will still accept checks, but they will need to be hand delivered to me. Thanks for your understanding.
Balance does not remain constant with age. For a variety of reasons (OTC drugs, eyesight, cognitive losses, arthritis, etc, etc) as we age we lose our sense of balance. And as we already know, we lose our sense of hearing. What you say? Hearing I say. Why do I bring these annoying facts up?
Your safety while riding in a group depends on your motor functions. Here is a test. As you ride your bike down the street, turn around and look behind you, like you would if you heard a car. Are you still in the bike lane or did you just wander into traffic? I bet you wandered. And if there was someone riding to your left they probably needed to swerve into traffic to avoid your swerve. And that is why you’ll often see two riders, riding abreast, separated by 6 feet! Not good.
The issue of balance is compounded by hearing loss. Without good hearing, you will not sense the car behind you. So the car is near you, you turn to see, you swerve, your riding partner swerves, and we have a mess. I see this happen way to often.
Part of the problem has to do with the dynamics of time. We don’t view ourselves as creatures who change. The world changes, but not us. You might still think you have the balance and hearing that you did just 5 years ago. Do the swerve test.
What can you do? The most immediate solution is to do is buy a mirror so you don’t lose your balance when looking behind you. Most people like the nickel sized mirrors that fit on sunglass frames. But if you are far-sighted you’ll probably need a different type of mirror. Any mirror is likely to help.
The long range goal is to improve your balance. I provide two articles that describe the balance issue and suggest plausible improvements. You’ll read that cycling helps your balance a bunch.
Since we are a group riding club, we don’t want swerving riders, we don’t want riders separated by the width of a lane, and we don’t want car-oblivious riders. If you don’t stay in your lane when you look behind you, consider purchasing a mirror. Thanks from me and your riding buddies.
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