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Oh How I Love the First Snow

Saturday, November 13, 2010

I'm sitting here in a local coffee shop enjoying the view. Out the side window I can see the foggy sky and the softly falling snow that's transforming my town into a winter wonderland. I know that it won't last but a few days but it does portend things to come and I must say that I'm glad!

I can't wait to cross-country ski again. I can't wait to skate on the frozen ponds again. I can't wait for those days when inches and inches of snow keep falling and falling. I can't wait for those days when the sunlight glistens off the trees and makes the snow look like diamonds.

I've really come to love winter over the years, and especially that first snow. There's just something so magical and child-like about it and I'm feeling very thankful to God.

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SYDNEY_DE 11/13/2010 10:06AM

    I am terribly jealous of your snow... it doesn't where I live. And if we do get a freak snow storm, it's an inch and everything shuts down!

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TKTMTA 11/13/2010 10:03AM

    It's good to hear that from someone else. I have a hard time waiting for the snow each year because most of the exercise I like to do is snow related and most people around here think I am crazy.

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Goals Acheived in Cycling this Year

Friday, November 12, 2010

This has been an amazing year for me as far as cycling goes. I pushed myself harder and farther than ever before and achieved just about everything I set out to achieve. Below is a list of some of the things I've done but what I won't be able to capture in words is the feeling I have because I've done them.

Inside I feel as though I've won the super bowl or something. I feel a sense of elation that endurance athletes must feel when they cross the finish line, and they more than anyone know how much time and effort it took to get there. They more than anyone know the joy of reaching for something that was formerly beyond them. They more than anyone know the joy of success which is not so much defined as beating the next person but beating their own limitations and internal objections vis-a-vis their goal.

I feel that way. And I feel the additional joy of knowing that just a couple of years ago I couldn't even have entertained the possibility of accomplishing some of the things listed here. In early 2008 I made a life-changing decision to submit myself to SP and do everything they told me to do as if I knew nothing. Because of this I began to make incremental changes to my lifestyle which have stuck over time and now here I am: 43 years old and accomplishing things beyond what I've ever accomplished.

Here's a list of the highlights:

1. I completed five centuries (rides of 100 or more miles in one day), including a ride of 125 miles and a ride of 150 miles.

2. I completed one double century (a ride of 200 miles in one day) in about 12.5 hours. Of the 50 riders who began the ride, three dropped out and one finished behind me. That one was over 70 years old, too bad for him, I'm glad to say that I beat someone!

3. I completed a five-day bike tour of Minnesota called the MS TRAM. My wife has MS so we do this ride every year (this was our 8th year) but this time I added some miles: instead of riding the normal 300 miles, I rode 353 miles.

4. In previous years I've had a hard time staying motivated to ride through the fall, but this fall I put in a total of 820 miles and may yet put in a few more.

5. I reached my goal of 2500 miles for the year. There was still plenty of time left before the snow flew so I decided to make up what I lacked of that same goal last year and thus reached the goal of 2708 miles for this year and an even 5000 for the last two years. However, we continued to have good weather and so now I'm just a few miles away from hitting 2750 for the year which, Lord willing, I will achieve.

For some cyclists with whom I ride this list would represent just another year, but for me it represents an amazing year. Thanks to all of you who have been sharing this journey with me and encouraging me along the way. Now it's time to enter into my winter training regimen and begin dreaming of what I will go after next year!

Hope you have a great day!

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BACKTOTEN12 11/12/2010 10:16AM

    Congratulations on making your goal. It's an accomplishment not many can claim. emoticon Thank God every day for He is our strength to persevere. Next summer I would like to set some biking goals. Thanks for the inspiration. emoticon

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NEWNOEMI 11/12/2010 9:37AM

    Wow that is amazing. I just got myself a stationary and am trying to get used to the damage it does to my rear end, lol. I am sure I will quit being sore from that seat in a week or so. I cant imagine doing all those miles, 10 is tops for me daily. I hope to be on a real bike in Spring. Maybe someday I can look forward to a triathalon, one can only prepare. Congratulations on all you have accomplished.

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I Love Breakfast Burritos!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Just about every morning I have a homemade breakfast burrito. It's made up of...

Bell peppers (of various sorts)
Hot Salsa
Small tortilla
Cup of milk

All of that adds up to about 420 cals and is SO tasty! I'm literally addicted to these things, and thankful to God that they're good for me!

What do you like to munch for the first meal of the day?

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MDUSOE 11/11/2010 11:12AM

    This sounds really good. My problem is I don't have enough time to cook anything in the morning, since I go to the gym and workout before work. I usually have a bowl of cereal with Almond Milk for breakfast. I then take an apple or pear or something with me to eat on my hour long commute to work.

Maybe this weekend, I will explore actually cooking breakfast! Sounds amazing...

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ALWAYSSMILING4U 11/11/2010 9:48AM

    Thank you for the recipe... I love breakfast burritos and I can't wait to try this one that has a lot less calories and fat!

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Oh oh, can't stay off the bike today!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Well, I was supposed to have hung up the bike for the season as I normally take November and December off, but it's going to be 65 degrees in Minneapolis today and I think that's just going to prove too tempting! So I'm sure I'll get out on the road a bit this fine day and add to the total for the year.

Hope you have a good one!

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MINDY502 11/10/2010 8:46AM

    I sure dont blame you while the weather is nice I would be doing that too. Wont be long those days will be over for a period of time. Hope you have a wonderful ride and a great day!

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Hanging in Atlanta Today

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

I'm in Atlanta today, just for the day, to meet with some fellow pastors who have also started the churches they lead. We've been working on a network of churches for the last several years and we're down here observing another network that's a lot farther ahead than us. So we're trying to learn, and also just praying that the Lord will make his will clear that we might submit to him. Jesus Christ is the Lord, and he's incomprehensibly wise, and I have so much joy in knowing that his promise is true and valid this day as always, "I will build my church."

Hope you have a great day.


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