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I just rode my bike for 328.4 miles!
Saturday, August 01, 2009      1 comments

My wife and I just returned from the MS Society's 2009 The Ride Across Minnesota, or TRAM for short. My wife has MS and so we've participated in this ride for 7 years now. It was an amazing ride which I was able to complete at an average speed o... Read more
I'll be gone for a week
Saturday, July 25, 2009      1 comments

Don't think I'll have access to the web on our 300 mile bike ride next week, so see you on the other side--Lord willing!... Read more
The Training is Over Now
Friday, July 24, 2009      0 comments

Training has come to and end, now two days of rest and then up Monday morning to start out on a 300 mile bike ride--hopefully faster than ever before!... Read more
One More Day of Training
Thursday, July 23, 2009      0 comments

I've ridden my bike over 1600 miles since January, worked my butt off, lost almost 30 lbs--and now my time of training is coming to an end. Lord willing, I will ride about 25 miles tomorrow and then take two days off (except for mellow walks eac... Read more
I Don't Have Anything to Say
Wednesday, July 22, 2009      1 comments

I'm sitting here thinking, "There must be something I have to say about something" but honestly nothing's coming to my mind! Oh well, my brain is weak but God is good and great and gracious! Praise be to his name!... Read more
Making Good Choices When I Don't Want to
Tuesday, July 21, 2009      1 comments

For the first time in the last four months I've hit a stretch where it's hard for me to make the right cuisine choices. I'm craving the old junk I used to love so much. But this time I'm making a choice: just don't do it. Just make the right cho... Read more
I've Reached Stage 4
Monday, July 20, 2009      0 comments

I remember standing in my bathroom looking into the mirror 18 weeks ago and saying, "Charlie, you have to believe this is possible. You have to believe that you can do this." And lo and behold, 18 weeks later I'm 21 lbs lighter (I had already lo... Read more
One more week before my "Tour de France"
Sunday, July 19, 2009      0 comments

Well, I've been preparing myself for months now for The Ride Across Minnesota, or TRAM for short. It's my Tour de France every year, and this looks like it will be my best by far. I'm shooting for a total average speed of 16 mph over 300 miles. ... Read more
Barely Got SP in Today
Saturday, July 18, 2009      0 comments

Today's been unusually busy--I just finished a 15 hour work day. For the first time since March I almost forgot to log in and get my SP points for the day! Whew, that was close!... Read more
MY Pattern of Rest is out of Whack
Friday, July 17, 2009      0 comments

One of my teams tracks daily sleep so I've been going along with that over the last month or so and I've realized that my pattern is very irregular and probably not good. I'll get 8 here 7.5 there, but then there will be these intermittent stret... Read more
Starting to Memorize Psalm 84 Today
Thursday, July 16, 2009      0 comments

The church which I have the privilege of serving as Pastor loves to memorize the Bible together and this week we're starting a six-week journey into memorizing Psalm 84, two verses per week. Here are the verses for this week: 1 How love... Read more
Planning on a longer ride this week
Wednesday, July 15, 2009      0 comments

My wife and I are preparing for a 300 mile, 5 day ride at the end of this month, the longest day of which is about 70 miles. So I've been bumping up my daily miles over the last few weeks but at least once this week I want to do a 70-miler as fa... Read more
Riding in the Wind
Tuesday, July 14, 2009      0 comments

Whatever doesn't kill me will make me stronger! That's true, but riding straight into a 20+ mph wind for about 20 miles sometimes makes you feel like your going to die! But alas, I survived and now I need to refuel so I can ride in the win... Read more
Yes, I Finally Lost Another Pound!
Monday, July 13, 2009      0 comments

I've been stuck at 215 for quite a while now but this morning I was down to 214! My main goal is not to lose weight, but I must admit that it's sure fun! The only thing that's changed is that I decided to start eating more. I've been cycli... Read more
Ah Yes, a Day Off
Sunday, July 12, 2009      0 comments

Well, tomorrow is my day off and so I'm finally able to rest after a hard week--a good one but a hard one. It feels so good to be resting, thanks Lord!... Read more

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