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President's Letter July 2020

24 Jul 2020 6:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

President's Letter

July 2020

Another month has gone by in the new reality, and HBC is seling nicely into a new normal. 

HBC’s Self-Paced rides remain very popular, with new rides being posted regularly. By my estimate, well over 20 different rides have been posted with more than 50 members reporting mileage. Ride Stats reports members have logged over 14,000 miles in 2020, a combination of Ride4Others and Self-Paced rides.  

The Independence Day ride was a big hit. It turned out that quite a few members were on the route around the same me. Even with face masks on, it was great to at least wave and call out to folks I haven’t officially seen in a while. 

The June Public Art project was popular, with many photos posted on the club’s Facebook page. Congratulaons to Milla Grin, who won the drawing for club merchandise. Keep posting photos on Facebook! We’ve received lots of comments from members who enjoy seeing what overs have been doing. 

Don’t see a Self-Paced ride you want to do? Or, have you done them all and are looking for more? There are many more routes available in the RWGPS library that you can access for inspiration. 

The Independence Day ride was a big hit. It turned out that quite a few members were on the route around the same me. Even with face masks on, it was great to at least wave and call out to folks I haven’t officially seen in a while. 

The June Public Art project was popular, with many photos posted on the club’s Facebook page. Congratulaons to Milla Grin, who won the drawing for club merchandise. Keep posng photos on Facebook! We’ve received lots of comments from members who enjoy seeing what others have been doing.

We had a member run into some difficulty with dehydration when riding in this hot weather, which reminds me to remind you about how important it is to keep hydrated. It is amazing how fast you can run into trouble with dehydration while biking. Here’s a few reminders to avoid that. First, for moderate acvity you should drink AT LEAST 16 ounces of water per HOUR. If you have medical conditions or take medications that affect your fluid volume (like diuretics), you should drink more. My rule of thumb is to drink enough to have “CCU” (clear, copious urine--and that’s your free medical advice for the day). Cool water is beer for keeping your core temperature down, rather than ice-cold or room temperature. Splash some on your neck and arms once in a while to help your core temperature too (plus it feels great as it evaporates). There’s plenty of online info with specifics dealing with sports drinks, metabolism, etc. Here’s one that discusses the science-y side of rehydrang for bikers: hps://www.roadbikerider.com/cycling-hydraon-guide/

While the Second Harvest donation drive is officially over, a few more donations have trickled in. We have currently collected about $3250, well above our original goal.  Thanks to all who added to the pot.

Last but not least, I want to give a big thanks to the HBC Board (Shelli Hesselroth, Ron Jensen, Joyce Pham, Mary Luoma and Jean Mangan). The changes we’ve had to deal with this year have been challenging, and they have done a fantastic job coming up with lots of creative ways to deal with them. I encourage you all to join me in sending them a big virtual hug (or whatever works best ) and a ton of thanks for their dedication to the club. 

Lisa Soldat, President 

FY 2020 07 06 July draft HBC Board Minutes.docx



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