Riding my bike felt revolutionary after a winter hunched over my laptop.I’d spent the past few months reminding myself of one thing – finish writing the darn book already. Digging in to finish the book I’d been writing for the past five years required letting something go. Of course I still had to care for my five-year-old son and earn money to support us, so I let fitness and pretty much every social opportunity slide.Then comes along a seventy degree day in February, the kind of bright blue sunshine day that takes most of us zero encouragement to enjoy. Still I needed a nudge. By that point I’d existed more as a cerebral being than a physical one for months on end – my neck and upper back perpetually tight, my abs had disappeared under a protective layer of cookie dough and red wine.When the Facebook notification about the local women’s ride in Dupont State Forest popped up, my hand hovered over the “going” button. I’d been living halfway up a mountain cultivating a rich inner life, my bike a painful reminder of my neglected outdoor pursuits.Through a small series of miracles involving working ahead of deadlines and lining up a babysitter, I showed up at the Fawn Lake parking as a group of fourteen women circled up for introductions, decidedly female in pink, aqua and teal cycling gear. I waved to acquaintances and smiled at the women I’d never met before. Their smiles were contagious and we rode up the mountainside happily chatting.As I pedaled, I began to sweat. My skin tingled with the raw release, even my pores felt alive. I existed at the edges of my body. Everything I saw struck me with amazement – the way the roots held the trees, that my bike could go up and over the terrain, how a trail was chiseled into the side of a mountain like a ribbon of dirt. Mostly I was grateful that the woods and the lake continued to exist the whole winter even as I was holed up inside. On the ride back I had a chance to catch up with Charisma Herndon Arbogast, the fearless leader of the women’s rides in Brevard, NC. I’m sharing our conversation here, for those who may need a little nudge to reacquaint yourself with your outdoor passions.How did you start leading women rides?Four or five years ago I took over the organization for the rides. I started riding with the group six years ago and one by one the leaders moved out of town. I had to buy a map because I could only piece together three or four loops. I knew the ladies would get bored of riding the same trails so I figured out new routes.How long have you been riding?Fifteen years ago my husband told me he was going to start riding again and he said I could start riding with him or spend more time alone. My whole life I’d been an athletic induced asthmatic and hadn’t considered myself an athlete. I started on road biking on a tandem. I’ve gotten a little better each year and gain more skills. Something I struggled with becomes a little easier. Cycling is a constant work in progress for me.I sign up for races to stay motivated and consider racing a competition with myself. I get to ride something I haven’t ridden before. I reach the goals I’ve set for myself. When I go out there, it’s not about competing with other people. We are all winning when we show up and give it our best.It’s really easy to give up and really hard to finish.Have you ever struggled to fit riding in with your teaching career and raising two boys?From 2005- 2009 I only rode a handful of times. My boys were little and it took so much work to get childcare and arrange all of my biking stuff, and then I was in such terrible shape that it wasn’t even fun. That all changed when I started coming to ladies rides. My friends kept asking me to come out.‘But I’m in horrible shape,’ I’d say.‘It’s ladies ride, c’mon.’ So I did and little by little I started to get back in shape.Why do you think having a specified ladies ride is important?When I first started riding, there wasn’t Dupont and there wasn’t a ladies ride. I learned to ride in Pisgah and I was always getting dropped. It’s the worst feeling in the world to get to an intersection and nobody is there waiting for you.Ladies ride is meant to be a social, fun ride. Nobody gets left behind.I love seeing all the women riding in the woods. I have a blast with whoever shows up, sometimes it’s four women and sometimes it’s twenty-five. It brings me so much gratification to see the progress of other riders. What advice do you have for women who want to try mountain biking but are nervous?Give it a try! You don’t have to be fabulous to have fun with it. It’s so much fun to ride bikes with your friends in the forest and nobody cares what you can or can’t ride.
Linton’s lawyer Stephen Frasier outside CourtThe Court of Appeal of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court have deferred decision in a trial involving journalist Lennox Linton and chattered account Keiron Pinard Byrne on Wednesday.Linton lost a defamation lawsuit against Pinard Byrne when they appeared before High Court Judge Brian Cottle who awarded him to pay damages in the sum of $50.000.00.In his judgment Justice Cottle said, at the trial “no evidence” was led to establish the truth of those statements made by Linton. He said Linton’s demeanor in the witness box was more consistent with “personal animosity towards the Byrne rather than an unbiased search for truth and that the overall tone of the offending publications also reeked of rancor rather than even handed reporting”.Linton’s lawyer Guyanese Stephen Fraser made submissions on forty grounds including slander distinction, publication on the web grounds, evidence, fair comment and natural and ordinary meaning grounds.Fraser submitted that “Cottle misstated the words allegedly used by Linton and then came to a conclusion that the statement was defamatory”.He said in Linton’s publication which was also published on “Sir Raglan Presents” web page “in intent libel there must be proof that the publication was accessed and downloaded”.“Within the context of fair comment, it will become readily apparent that in that publication Linton made two primary comments then substantiated them with facts” Frasier noted.He said it was Byrne by testimony “who called upon himself allegations of criminal connotation and not Linton”.Senior Counsel Anthony Astaphan who represents Pinard Byrne told the Court that “no result of investigation or document was ever entered into evidence during the trial or for judicial scrutiny”.Astaphan said in December of 2007 “Linton could not make up his mind what was the misconduct that he allegedly accused Byrne of doing and that Linton was a political person with an axe to grind”.“The conduct of Linton warrants a slam dunk of aggravated damages, and in addition to the $50.000.00 there is the conduct of Linton which warrants aggravated damages,” Astaphan argued.Astaphan also submitted that the Court should “dismiss the appeal and award damages and aggravated damages”.Meanwhile the third defendant in the matter Raglan Riviere operates a website, dubbed “Sir Raglan Presents”, which was reproduced and posted on the World Wide Web the article written by Linton was ordered to pay damages of $10,000.00 in.His lawyer William Para Riviere submitted that the publication published on his client’s website was of “qualified privilege and that they were not published with malice”. He said his client’s website is a medium for disseminating information to Dominicans living in Dominica and abroad.A third defendant in the matter, Kairi FM Radio was also ordered to pay Pinard Byrne $50.000.00 in damages.Dominica Vibes News Share LocalNews Lennox Linton’s appeal judgment delayed by: – May 2, 2012 Share Share Sharing is caring! Tweet 17 Views no discussions