Tuesday, February 12, 2013
I hesitate to write this blog. My exercise life has been out of whack for almost 6 months now, the longest stretch since late 2008, and that is not good. I have put a little weight on, but not too much, the bigger issue is that my fitness level is very low and I know how much work it will take to get that back.
That's not what's actually causing the hesitation, though. What's causing the hesitation is that I've had several fits and starts over the last few months, and yet I haven't remained disciplined, focused, and committed. Now my marathon training plan starts next Tuesday, and boy do I need those 18 weeks to get ready.
So the bottom line is this: I need to start and stay started! Encourage me, SP friends, rebuke me, tease me--do whatever you can to help me because I need you right now!
Thanks, friends, I've missed you, and I look forward to reconnecting with many of you again. By the grace of God, I AM GOING TO DO THIS THING!!!
Friday, December 14, 2012
Earlier this year I jogged in the Maple Grove Half Marathon (Minnesota), after which a friend of mine persuaded me to join him at the Grandma's Marathon in northern Minnesota (Two Harbors to Duluth) in June of 2013. I downloaded the marathon training plan from the Grandma's site, but the issue is that I have to train in order to get ready for the training plan!
They start you off slow as far as daily miles go, but they have you jogging/running six days per week, and right now there's no way I could do that. So two weeks ago I started a modified form of the CP25K plan which has me jogging three days per week and walking one. I've also been riding my bike (on my indoor trainer) five to six days per week just to get myself ready for the rigors of daily cardio.
I have about ten weeks before the actual training plan begins so I'll be ready, but I find it funny that I have to train in order to get ready to train! For today, a day off of jogging, and either one or two 45 minute sessions on the bike depending on how much time I have.
Well, glory to God, blessings to you all, hope you have a great day!
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
I'm not much of a techy so I don't understand why this has happened, but I'm so grateful that You Tube now has so many videos lengthier than 10 minutes. And in particular I'm grateful for the many awesome cycling resources that are there, among which are a series of 50+ minute recaps of the 2012 Tour of Beijing.
So it's winter in Minnesota--and praise God we finally have lots of snow--which means I spend lots of time on the indoor bike trainer at this time of year (Cyclops Fluid). Over the last few days, I've set up my computer on a TV Tray right in front of my bike, hooked it up to some speakers, and raced with the pros in the first three stages of the Tour of Beijing. I came close the first two days, but yesterday I finally broke through and won the stage!
Can't wait to hit stage four this evening! If you love cycling, I encourage you to check out the mass of cycling related video on You Tube. It's not front page news, but it's probably the best store house of such material available in the USA.
Blessings to you all!
Friday, November 09, 2012
A few months ago the engine on our main car started making knocking noises which, without going into the details, means that we have to change the engine. Since it's a 2008 Hyundai Sonata and we still owe plenty of money for it, we really have no choice, but the change will cost around $4,000-5,000 which we don't have--not even close.
Our other car, a 1990 Honda Accord that has 250,000 miles on it, became our "good car." In fact, I joked that I was going to get a bumper sticker that says, "This IS our good car!" Well, now it's not. As I was just about to pull into our driveway last night, the right front axle broke and the car got stuck right in the middle of the road, across both lanes of traffic. Thanks be to God, I had just returned from a trip to the city on which I was doing between 60-70 mph the whole way, I am SO GRATEFUL that the axle didn't break at that time.
Indeed, the overwhelming feeling I have right now, the morning after, is thankfulness to God and a peace in the knowledge that he controls all things, that he was not surprised by any of this, that he has provision in store for our family, and that in a myriad of ways he will work this together for his glory and our good. I believe this because he promised as much in texts like Philippians 4:19, "And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus." And Romans 8:28, "And we know that all things work together for the good for those who love God and are called according to his purposes."
Built upon these great and precious promises is a wealth of life experience in which I've seen the Lord honor his Word time and time again. This is without a close second the worst vehicle situation we have ever faced as a family, but it's not the worst the Lord has ever faced, and the difficulty is no match for his grace and ability and willingness to provide.
And praise be to his great name, a family in our church had already been letting us use one of their vehicles so we're not without transportation this morning. There's no need to fret about yesterday or worry about tomorrow, the Lord has provided today and that's good enough for me. I am eager to see how he will glorify his name all the more as we call upon him, lean upon his wisdom, and patiently wait upon his answer.
May we keep our eyes on the Source of grace today rather than the content of our problems! Hope you have a great day, my SP friends!
Your friend, Charlie
Tuesday, November 06, 2012
I've been working a lot over the last few months, all good but lots of hours. I was finally able to take an extra day off this week and it sure feels good! One day off down, one to go, and then back to it tomorrow bright and early--I have a 5:30 a.m. meeting!
Rest is good and an important part of health, so I hope to find a better balance in the coming months. Until then, I'm off to enjoy my day today!
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