Thursday, July 7, 2011

1,000 miles!

Tuesday I passed 1,000 miles on my bike for the year so far!

This summer one of my goals is to participate in the Ride For Missions in support of Rosedale Mennonite Missions. The ride now includes 58 riders and 10 support people. We will be riding from Columbus, OH to Frostburg, MD the site of the 2011 Annual Conference for Conservative Mennonite Conference. I have been training a lot for the ride because I hope to enjoy it and not be in pain for the five days that will take us 400 miles to our destination. When I did the ride in 2007 I didn't train much. We only rode 220 miles in three days and pain is what I remember from the experience. I'm not letting that happen again!

I've learned a lot about discipline, exercise and biking over the past 5 months since I began training. There is an African proverb that says, "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together." I've experienced the truth of that proverb because if it wasn't for the group of 4 or 5 other guys that I ride with regularly, I know I wouldn't have gotten this far. We encourage and inspire each other to press on and go a little farther and faster even when we feel like we are already dead! Distance takes team.

Here is a picture that my friend Ulises took on Monday when we were doing a 60 mile ride. We went from Shiloh Mennonite Church near Plain City to Urbana and back, taking on some nice hills southwest of Mechanicsburg. I had the chore of reading the map and am in front and our friend Robert is behind me.

Wednesday morning I rode with my friends Quimi and Ulises on a loop just west of Hilliard. The beauty of the fog over low places was inspiring.

Then Wednesday night I went with my friend Leno and we took Bryan, Marcus, Dalia and Gaby on the Olentangy Bike Trail that winds through Columbus following the river. I'm excited to see that Gaby and Marcus like biking too and want to keep doing it. They rode almost 9 miles and loved it!