It Would Take a Miracle

Day’s Verse:
Not one of these people, even though their lives of faith were exemplary, got their hands on what was promised. God had a better plan for us: that their faith and our faith would come together to make one completed whole, their lives of faith not complete apart from ours.
Hebrews 11:39-40

My Spine!Today I embarked on what I anticipate to be a long, painful, and potentially fruitless quest: Trying to get more money out of our insurance company. Long story short, I have two more physical therapy visits* covered by my company for the year. Ideally I’d go twice a month, but even once a month is better than nothing — and still out of reach, since we have four more months in the year. Continue Reading >>

2010 Bike Mileage, and a Hypothesis

Day’s Verse:
Who is a God like you,
who pardons sin and forgives the transgression
of the remnant of his inheritance?
You do not stay angry forever
but delight to show mercy.

Micah 7:18

Yesterday I added up my miles ridden in 2010. Although it felt like tons, the real number is less amazing: 6,303 miles. For reference, in 2009 I rode 8,140 miles, including training for the STP from March to July. Nearly all of this year’s miles were commuting to/from the Bicycle Alliance of Washington. Nary a century, or even a ride over about 25 miles, in the entire year. I miss those long, all-day rides that leave your legs feeling like cooked spaghetti at the end. Continue Reading >>

Why I’m Tired Today

Day’s Verse:
You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary.
Revelation 2:3

Where I Walked January 3

For reference, I included the route distances listed in that upper corner. If you add those up, you’ll find that I traveled 25.6 km, just a hair under 16 miles. I prefer to travel long distances on two wheels. As such, I don’t generally think of 16 miles as a very long way: After all, that’s about an hour of bicycling. Yesterday, though, I traveled every inch of that distance on foot, having been stymied in my plan to complete the Bonney Lake bicycle audits on bike by the copious amounts of ice still on the ground. I guess Bonney Lake’s proximity to Mt. Rainier may have something to do with that. Anyway, all this to say that I walked farther than I’ve ever walked before (not by much; Ian and I did 12-ish miles of a hike in Seaside nary a month ago) and today I’m feeling a tad achy. Continue Reading >>