Video of RAMROD

Day’s Verse:
But those who wait upon God get fresh strength.
They spread their wings and soar like eagles…

Isaiah 40:27-31

One of the other riders in our group, Blake, brought a video camera along on RAMROD. Here’s his compilation video, which runs 3 minutes and does an excellent job capturing the feel of the ride. I make a few appearances. Look for black & white kit and helmet streamers.

Edited to add: There was another course photographer on the way. Here’s a (fairly dramatically overexposed) picture he got of me.
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RAMROD Ride Report

Day’s Verse:
For even young people tire and drop out, young folk in their prime stumble and fall.
But those who wait upon God get fresh strength.

Isaiah 40:27-31

Well, here it is, two days after RAMROD, and I still haven’t written about my experience yet. What to say? I’ve been thinking about this ride since January. I trained for it intensively for 16 weeks before the ride, and rode with an eye towards preparing even before that. In that time, I’ve eaten innumerable Clif bars, drunk endless bottles of Ironman Perform (lemon-lime), consumed uncountable pounds of pasta and oatmeal, and pedaled millions of strokes and thousands of miles. It’s been one of the pre-ride rainiest seasons anybody can remember, and several times I rode soaking wet and cold, refusing to let bad weather derail my training. I’ve spent so Saturdays away, Ian has an entire Saturday routine that doesn’t include me. Continue Reading >>

Pictures and Excitement

Day’s Verse:
After looking at the way things are on this earth, here’s what I’ve decided is the best way to live: Take care of yourself, have a good time, and make the most of whatever job you have for as long as God gives you life. And that’s about it. That’s the human lot. Yes, we should make the most of what God gives, both the bounty and the capacity to enjoy it, accepting what’s given and delighting in the work. It’s God’s gift! God deals out joy in the present, the now. It’s useless to brood over how long we might live.
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Sunny Activities

Day’s Verse:
The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see.
Hebrews 11:1-2

I haven’t blogged since last week for one excellent reason: The sun made a prolonged appearance! To celebrate, I spent lots of time outside and got festively sunburned on the back of my shoulders, an area that sees the sun approximately 0.8% of the year (on a good year). Continue Reading >>

In which I, too, talk about the weather

Day’s Verse:
…all the underground springs erupted and all the windows of Heaven were thrown open. Rain poured for forty days and forty nights.
Genesis 7:12

Here’s the view out our bedroom window this morning.
2011-07-21 Weather
I’m not trying to jump on the “whining about Seattle’s pathetic summer weather” bandwagon because I’ve been riding that wagon in person for a while already now, if not on this blog. You can’t tell, but there are rain drops on the window. Frankly, it’s depressing. We don’t get much nice weather around here anyway, and all winter we console ourselves: “Yes, we’ve got 9 months of heavy overcast, minimal daylight, and frequent rain. But the summer makes up for it by being so pretty!” Continue Reading >>

If I Had A Million Dollars

Day’s Verse:
When you grab all you can get, that’s what happens:
the more you get, the less you are.

Proverbs 1:19

I could buy a fur coat, but not a real fur coat, because that’s cruel.*

Or I could buy the 20-foot animatronic triceratops from Hammacher Schlemmer and still have $650,000 left.

Receiving the Hammacher Schlemmer catalog always gives me pause. For example, on the same page that lists the triceratops, they list the hand fitness trainer ($29.95), the under seat rolling carry on ($99.95), and the cat’s phantom mouse teaser ($29.95), among other items. It just makes me wonder what they’re thinking, not just about the products — although I have to wonder, what’s wrong with a squeezy ball, a backpack, and a piece of string, respectively — but about why they put these things together on a page towards the middle of the catalog. Is there some secret internal logic to the product organization and display that I’m just not fathoming? This will keep me up at night, you know. Continue Reading >>

It’s Like They Say…

Day’s Verse:
And now I want each of you to extend that same intensity toward a full-bodied hope, and keep at it till the finish.
Hebrews 6:10-ish

One bad egg can rot the whole barrel. They’re coming apart at the knees. We’ll burn that bridge when we get there. Ah, the happy world of cliches, especially mis-quoted cliches. Where would people be without cliches to fall back on when genuine articulate communication fails us? Ian and I have a magnetic cliche set on our fridge, and we really do get many hours of enjoyment out of it. Here are some of our recent cliches. Continue Reading >>