Sunday, July 15, 2012

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

I am an Ultra-Marathon Cyclist


There is an understanding that the double-century (200 miles/day) is your ticket into the world of ultra-marathon cycling.

For the past few years, when my wife has been talking to others about my cycling background, she would occasionally refer to me as an ultra-marathon cyclist, recalling the decade of the 80s when I was regularly doing "doubles" each summer. I would kindly correct her and say that I felt that was too long ago to rest on those laurels. Until I was again able to complete another 200-mile/one day ride, I honestly couldn't see hanging onto that label. You can do 100. You can do 150. You can even do 180. But it's not until you crack that magical number of 200, that you are truly considered a ultra-marathon cyclist.

Last Monday I completed my first double-century in over 20 years. I am (again) an ultra-marathon cyclist.


Psalm 121

A song of ascents.

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,

the Maker of heaven and earth.