2020-03-24 at 4:26 pm #60053
I’m reposting here an article from Cycling News supplied by Wayne
I rode today mid-morning with one other and we exercised Social Distancing at least per the guidance from Aussie leadership i.e., 2m. The CN article challenges the effectiveness of that SD practice …. what’re your thoughts?
Also, I also didn’t feel comfortable flying the ARC flag so I rode in a non-ARC kit (actually covered up the ARC jersey as I have no other jerseys). There were a lot of folks including family groups with small children walking and riding along the bike paths. Sadly not many of them were exercising SD within their groups. I’m wondering though what they think of a couple of cyclists riding 2m apart??
Happy to get your comments on your riding today … Strava would suggest there were a few ARC riders out and about. If you didn’t ride was that just being lazy or are you being super cautious??2020-03-24 at 4:50 pm #60055
for me why risk it
just for a ride?
the key being solo.
gyms, group exercise classes all closed / cancelled.
too much unknown right now, and too much escalating fast.
cycling, heavy breathing, more droplets to spread.
exercise good for mental health of course in a time like this, but riding with people not smart IMO
we will be like the UK soon (lockdown) and then you won’t be allowed to anyway.
some other articles of interest.
Seriously. We love group rides, but now is not 👏 the 👏 time👏. We’re conditioned—culturally and by infrastructure—to ride close together, and that’s simply not safe yet. Even if you think you can maintain the suggested distance of at least six feet, it’s best to err on the side of caution here and go solo.’
‘If I am running the prescribed six feet behind someone on the path and they cough, will I jog right through their germs?
The science about how long the novel virus remains in the air is still unsettled. But it is conceivable that droplets containing the virus could linger long enough for you to breathe them in, Dr. Iwasaki says, if you closely follow someone who is ill and the wind does not disperse the germs first. This precise scenario remains unlikely but not impossible, so look for the “least-crowded paths” available, she says, and perhaps swerve aside if someone coughs or spits ahead of you.’
‘This advice may change in the event of widespread community transmission of this coronavirus, said Adam Kamradt-Scott, an expert in the spread and control of infectious diseases at the University of Sydney.
So walking, cycling and running are still on the menu, as are outdoor sports like golf and tennis although you’ll likely find your local golf course or tennis club will have implemented extra hygiene measures to abide by.’
‘Cyclists deprived of their weekend ride out with friends and fitness fanatics who can’t get to the gym are turning to online cycling workouts to help them stay in shape during the coronavirus shutdown.’
‘The surge in online riding comes as many countries across the globe enforce lockdowns and social distancing. In some countries riding outside is completely banned.’
‘The British Cycling Virtual Ride Series – an eight-week series of races and workouts on popular online training platform Zwift – has been designed for people to have fun and stay active during the global uncertainty around the coronavirus pandemic.’2020-03-24 at 5:17 pm #60056
Im about to set up the trainer and jump on the bike and listen to some music for 30 min, I think that I may have to join the Zwift club in the future. I dont seem to be able to manage much longer than 30 min on a stationary bike so I will keep it short with some efforts included.2020-03-24 at 7:36 pm #60059
My thoughts are that exponential growth is so rapid (think 1, 10, 100, 1000 in the same time period), that what was ok last weekend, is completely unviable the next weekend. So, the question “what’s acceptable” isn’t really answerable, because it’s changing so quickly. The news keep saying the numbers have spiked, but that’s actually in line with exponential growth. The data needs to be plotted on a log-normal graph (cases vs time), and if that data is curving up, then the rate growth *is* actually increasing, i.e. it’s 1, 10, 100, 1200, instead of as above.
I think riding alone or only pairs, seperate, is ok right now, so long as you don’t fall off and take up a hospital bed.
Soon, we might be limited to going around the block, alone. Luckily I live on a hill that’s a popular circuit.
I think it’s quite possible we’ll only be allowed out to get food, medicine, and fuel, at some time. So, we just purchased a stationary trainer. The shop has 6 arriving Friday, and already 5 have been pre purchased. But we waited until it looks pretty inevitable, because I really don’t like them.
Cheers2020-03-25 at 1:16 pm #60064
I wouldn’t beat yourself up about going for a ride, we’re not yet in lockdown.
I’m in self-isolation after returning from NZ on Saturday and would bust to go for a ride.
NZ is in lockdown from today for 4 weeks and authorities there appreciate the benefits to both mental and physical health of exercise as even in lockdown the population is allowed out for one period of exercise each day.
Until restrictions tighten here (which won’t be too long), and once I’ve served my time, I will be riding solo and avoiding any hint of drafting or socialising.
Wayne2020-03-26 at 11:58 am #60073
Thanks for all responses, it valuable to get different perspectives. This morning I saw what looked like two non-ARC branded riders on one of the local bike paths. They were practicing social distancing which was good to see however, I could still hear the same level of BS in their banter… not sure there will ever be a cure for that.
I can’t see myself going down the virtual riding route (never say never) but I do agree with Andrew that just the bike on a trainer is very hard to do for more than 30 -60 mins. So for me, the plan is to continue riding outdoors early(ish) and probably heading east to the hills where there will be even less opportunity of contact with other humans.
Justin2020-03-28 at 7:25 pm #60086
A little more guidance from Cycling Victoria
Wayne.2020-03-31 at 9:26 pm #60121
The point about people coughing and sneezing on bike paths is a valid concern. With a lot more people not working, or working from home, I noticed a lot more people exercising on the bike paths than normal.
Now we’re hibernating up at Wandilligong and there’s not many people to share the roads with. Bright is usually packed at this time of year but the town is dead and the roads really quiet. Ideal for riding, alone!
Keep well …… Perry2020-04-03 at 6:30 pm #60128
Yes Perry. On the sunny days this week, on the few days I went to work, on the commute home, the bike paths are actually busier than normal. Dog Walkers, joggers, who’d normally be in the gym, or at work. IMHO it’s actually a lot better at the moment to go for a decent rode ride (early, solo), than exercise with a local spin on a bike path. But, it’s an always evolving situation….
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