Last (half) Day of School

Not that this week has been overly taxing (except maybe for Miranda) at school, but now it’s over. I took the standard “last day of school” photo before they headed off today. It’s actually Miranda’s last day of middle school (Ian has 3 more). It’s off to Sir Winston Churchill High School this fall. Now what to do with them over the break…

First Husband-Wife Ride

I’ve been in the club since 2013 and Tammy joined in 2018, but until now we’ve never been on a Bow Cyclist ride together.

Pat, Ian, Simon, Susan, Nora and Tammy (Susan P. took the picture)

I worked from home today in part because I had a light workload of meetings today and partly because while the weather was nice in the morning, it was supposed to be rain and thunder in the afternoon. When I was delaying putting on my cycling gear to ride to the office, Tammy suggested that I could go for the 10 am Tuesday ride with her. It’s no longer a “ladies ride”, even if it is predominantly women. I booked the time off work and joined in.

It was a nice ride and the weather cooperated. It was a pretty slow pace, but sometimes you have to slow down and chill. I had a lot of fun and didn’t get in trouble once saying something to Tammy that I’d regret. That’s a victory right there. 😄

Tammy’s in the green helmet

Piano Recital 2019

It’s the end of the piano “season”, and that meant our annual pilgrimage to downtown to watch the Viva Musica recital. This year was the first that Miranda was not in classes, so it was Ian’s opportunity to impress.

I noticed this year he was somewhat apprehensive and was doing quite a bit of practicing in that days leading up to this. But you know what they say: How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice!

Here we are, ready for the show.

Ian killed it. If you watch the video, you’ll see him stop, focus, and then nail it.

Congratulations, Ian. I’m very proud of you.

All the kids who played in the recital today and their teachers

2019 Gran Fondo Badlands

Today was the first of the two gran fondo rides I have registered for this year. This was the third time I have entered the Gran Fondo Badlands, the previous times were last year and the year before. It’s a great ride: completely different from the sorts of rides I do normally and also very different from the Tour de Victoria, which we will be doing as a family again this year in August.

The weather this week has been ranging from miserable to horrible, so it was a stroke of luck that the weather cleared up this morning. The day was dry, with a mix of cloudy and sunny periods. I drove with Adam to Drumheller, and he, Hannah, Wing and I were a team for the day.

Me, Adam, Wing and Hannah

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And they’re outdoor cats!….sort of

It all started with an idea that formed pretty quickly when I saw a youtube video on DIY cat runs. Discussed it with Tristan and a plan was formulated. The cat door goes through the dinning room window and it is well blocked off and wedged so no intruders can get in (or bugs). The cat run has many levels with artificial turf and wire mesh so they can’t get out and nothing can get in. We added a door so if they refuse to come in we can grab them.

Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there. My day has been good: maybe awake a little early, but nothing unpleasant. Everyone was up by seven. It’s Sunday so Miranda had a BCC ride at nine. We were all going to ride down with her and then go for a little ride and stop for coffee on the way home. The kids and Tammy all got me some cards and some gifts.

Miranda’s card to me

I got some new shaving gel, some beard oil, deodorant and a new shower puff. Some half-caf coffee, too. As a joke (not really, but okay) they put some ribbons on my new wheels out in the garage. 😄

We were getting ready for our family ride, when I saw that on WhatsApp, Tara was calling for more ride leaders today. There were two different cycling events on today: the Ghost of the Gravel ride north of Cochrane, and the Branch Out Bike Tour in Panorama. Add that to Father’s Day, and we had only two confirmed leaders and one was sick. So as Tammy said, I “did the honourable thing” and volunteered. We ended up with four leaders and about twenty or so riders, and it was a beautiful morning. I led one group and Miranda was in the other one. Tammy and Ian went for a ride together.

Lunch was special: Tammy made some homemade pizzas and a ridiculous four-layer mint & chocolate fudge cake. I’m doing my best to digest that now.

All in all a good day. Now to relax with a beverage. 🍺

I made Dad a card this year. Here was the feature picture. 1978, just outside of Sealand in Oak Bay.

A couple of stylish gents, by 1978 standards

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At 7:30 pm, I got an automated email from Mark’s Work Wearhouse with a final gift from Ian: a gift certificate. I need some new shorts in the worst way.

We also watched Megamind at “dinnertime” (we were still full from lunch, so popcorn was on the menu). And later, Tammy, Miranda and I finished watching Good Omens on Amazon Prime Video. Both are quality shows…

A Clean Garage

Much to the kids’ dismay, I thought that the weather was good enough on Sunday to clean out the garage. There were a few years’ worth of car road grime on the floor and general schmutz in all the corners. Everything was hauled out and spread on the lawn and then I hosed it out.

It’s so much nicer in there now. Can walk in sock-feet without getting brown feet.

Almost dry. Quick a sun shower is coming!

New Wheels for the Roubaix

Two weeks ago, I was leading out the Wednesday night Bow Cyclist Club ride. Once on the way back and once when we got back to the shop, some of the riders mentioned to me that my rear wheel was not true. It had a slight wobble to it.

Paul having fun on the ride.

Mark (club president and the Parts Manager at Bow Cycle) was there and I mentioned it to him. So he pulled the wheel off and put it on the truing stand. He used the spoke wrench to work most of the wobble out, but couldn’t get it perfect. He was looking closely at the wheel and noticed this:

A two-inch crack in my rim

These are the stock alloy rims that came with the bike in 2016. I don’t know what cracked the rim, but it marked the end of its life. I limped home from the shop and started working out what to replace the rim with. It’s been a couple of weeks of sporadic emails with Mark, but today all was ready and I picked up my bike with its new Mavic Cosmic Pro UST wheels.

Look really close and you can read the name on the spoke

Right now my thumbs are in so much pain. The wheels came with some free tires, while I had bought some much better tires late last year. I intended to simply take the cheap tires off and put the better tires on the new wheels, but the new wheels are really, really tight. It was so much work to get the cheap tires off and then even more work to get the good tires on. I expect to not be able to grip anything tomorrow.

But it’s done now. Tomorrow’s forecast isn’t too promising, but I might get a chance to go for a ride. I’d better not get a flat. I doubt I would be able to fix it roadside. It took two hours to change these tires tonight.

And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that they cost more than our house insurance, a fact that Tammy keeps reminding me about. 😘

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I went for a 110 km ride with the Bow Cyclists today on the new wheels and they worked great. The only hiccup was the long, fast downhill into Cochrane. These wheels have a deeper cross-section and more prone to get caught by gusts of wind. I had a couple of wobbles on the downhill, but nothing too dramatic. I slowed down and took it easy.

They sure look nice.

Parked in the sun in Bragg Creek

Since my Norco Valence is now back on “rollers duty”, I took the carbon fibre wheels off and put the heavier alloy ones back on. I made an offer to Miranda that she could try the good wheels on her bike, but she declined when I told her that they would be more difficult to brake with.

So I put $1600 wheels on Ian’s $300 road bike. Ridiculous, you say? Mais oui!.

Better than just hanging them on the wall

Grade 9 Farewell Celebration

Tonight was the first part of 2 in the TMC Grade 9 Farewell Celebration. Everyone, students and guests, congregated in the gym while the school band played background music. There was the principal’s farewell/motivational speech followed by a selection of student MCs to introduce, thank, and entertain us with anecdotes from the last 5 years. There were 5 classes of about 30 students each that walked across the stage one-by-one and shook hands with their teachers and the principal. In-between classes the band played an Avengers medley, a James Bond medley, and a song of farewell. They did a pretty good job on all. After the ceremony there were refreshments (cakes, sandwiches, drinks) available. Both the kids had a piece of cake. Tomorrow is part 2: the BBQ. Hopefully the weather will cooperate so they can have it in Bowness Park as planned, but we’ll have to wait and see. I’ll post an update tomorrow.
Here are some photos. I apologize for the blurriness of some, but she was a moving target. There is some video footage, but Simon will put that up tomorrow when he gets back.

*Update*

As expected, the BBQ was moved to the school from Bowness Park.  It was a mix of rain and snow for most of the morning!  The BBQs were set up under the awning at the school’s entrance.  The main foyer was set up with tables filled with dogs, bun, condiments, chips, and drinks.  The students ate in the gym where they were playing games. Overall the BBQ was a success.  We were understaffed with volunteers and we only had 2 BBQs for 300+ dogs. It was constantly running around refilling and keeping an eye on light-fingered individuals form other grades. Because of this, I wasn’t able to get any pics of the event.