Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Another day in the rain

This past week I had the best ride since my accident a little over 3 months ago. My average speed was almost 19 mph for 25 miles. It felt great! Today, however, we are in the middle of a week long forecast of solid rain. My body aches, my mind is wrestling with anxiety, and I have lost that zest for life I had just a few days ago. This morning, I search for a source of encouragement, and I pray that God might rescue me from this dark pit.

A few minutes later, I find a link that my Pastor shared on line, a link that carries a message to rescue me from this darkness. A message that, I now know, will bring me out of another day in the rain.

A Song of Hope – “You Never Let Go”

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Just what I need

One year ago, we were experiencing a spring that every cyclist living in Wisconsin dreams about. The months of March and April, when it's usually more common to suffer frostbite than a sunburn, were filled with gorgeous sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s and even touching 80 degrees at one point. I had ridden over 700 miles in March alone. It was just what I needed, allowing an early start to my training for the approaching record attempt, something I had planned for the past 3 years.

This spring has been quite opposite, to say the least. Except for a day or two last month that stretched toward the high 40s, most of our recent days have seen near-freezing highs, with more snow and cold winds. Oh well, recovery from a total hip replacement doesn't require 300 mile weeks. Fortunately, the snow has recently melted and the streets are now clear, except for an occasional small puddle. I'm just happy to be able to get out a few times during the week, with a 20-30 mile easy-paced ride. Even those are making my legs scream and my lungs burn.

And for now, that's just what I need.