Monday, May 23, 2011

"Your old men will dream dreams"

Thirty years ago, in a land not so far away, dreams were in the making. It was 1981, and the sport of ultra-marathon cycling was making the press, as Lon Haldeman sets a new trans-continental record. During the summer of 1982, the first transcontinental bike race happened, "The Great American Bike Race". During that same year, I bicycled 220 miles across the state of Wisconsin in one day with two other cyclists. During that ride, I considered the possibility of a cross-state race. So in 1984, the first "Race Across Wisconsin" was held. I organized and directed that event for 4 years, as it grew from its humble field of 3 cyclists for the innaugeral year, all the way to a whopping field of 67 in 1987, the race's final year, complete with individual support crews and police escort. It was quite a sight to behold, and an even greater one to participate in, if you were there. In that final year, we even had a true local legend, 1984 Olympic Silver Medalist, Brent Emery.

So here I am, 30 years later and dreaming again. The dream had been a bit unclear since the latter part of the '80s, and even sat in hibernation you might say, until about 3 years ago when I hopped back in the saddle. Now it has cleared up quite a bit. In about 2 months I'll be 53 years old, and I've learned a bit about where my limitations fall. Knowing that, I'm hoping that wisdom that comes with age and experience will prove to be my ally, as I draw closer to this new dream. During this year, my training must become more intentional and focused. My plans need to include the formation of a support team. And over the past couple days, I've come to realize that the people on that team don't have to be cyclists themselves. Rather, I see the importance of trust between us all, and the faith that this dream can and will happen.

Over the past few weeks, my training rides have proved to be encouraging, as I feel my body grow stronger and my mind becoming focused. But these are the times to remember, and to draw on, as I know there will be many times over the next year when discouragement will attempt to rear its ugly head and pull me away from this dream. Prayer and good friends are what will help me through those difficult times.

Acts 2:17
In the last days, God says,
   I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
   your young men will see visions,
   your old men will dream dreams.

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