Good week. One weekend remains between the team and Fondo glory.
Rode Wednesday night with the Captain.
Rode will Rider’s Ed. this a.m. to get in one more century before the Fondo. Did a Liberty loop and met up with the Cycle City ride to Dearborn.
rode the wednesday night ride tonight
with captain ron
climbed EE hard
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the cpt. sprinted up the final hill
when the group took chase
one rider snapped his chain
that’s how it is
riding with captain ron
finishing the ride uncontested with cpt. ron
or the recovery shake
and post ride meal (sweet potato burritos w/kidney beans and cilantro)
provided by the lovely jessica
i started riding road bikes during August of 2011
i really like it
i rode through the winter
weekedays starting at 5 a.m.
still liked it
last weekend i rode my first cetury, 100 miles
still like it
last night i signed up for this: http://bigshark.com/about/2012-vino-fondo-pg796.htm
the mondo fondo: http://veloroutes.org/bikemaps/?route=66808#
i’m excited for the challenge
the plan is to team up with four riders from the 5 a.m. group
we don’t have an official name
i think “rider’s ed” is a good fit — most are connected to education in some form
didn’t make it this morning
still a little wiped from the weekend
plan to hit the wed night biscari ride
a little less than four weeks to the fondo
i’ll try to record the remaining prep here
we celebrated jessica’s __th birthday
from joan ball’s, i don’t care about heaven or hell
I cannot change the realities of life after death. There is a Heaven and hell or there isn’t. What I need to focus on is what I can change: myself by being willing and allowing myself to be transformed (by one I first understood as “higher power” and now call Jesus Christ) and the world around me by doing my best to love God and others as Jesus asked.
here’s a video i watched tonite: martha depp on art and cancer
read this excerpt from dawn’s blog post, “The Idea Camp that Dared . . .” dawn carter blogs here: chroniclesofdawnia.com
We are not alone. No matter how isolated we feel, enveloped in shame or broken we feel, God sees us. He has healing for us and uses community to do it.
We need grace and truth. We are all jacked up and the sooner we all admit it, we can start cooperating with God on the restoring of our souls. I am not talking about moping around in housecoats of familiar dysfunction but creating places where grace (I accept you) coexists with tough truth and love (do what it takes to get healing, damn it).
We heal as we obey. Getting healing needs to move out from something drastic that really broken people do to something normal that people do on their way to looking like Jesus. We need to normalize brokenness in our churches and reframe it into the context of spiritual formation. I need to get healing for my broken heart because to do so is obedience. Jesus accepts me, but He loves me too much to leave me broken. His love must transform and restore.
We serve a holy and powerful God, able to break any chain forged by any hand. When my theology is anemic my hope remains small. Right thinking about God, his character, his tremendous love for me, his declarations of who I am…these are lifelines to a disoriented soul.
and listen to this:
words to build a life on by mike crawford and his secret siblings
what i had in mind
this doesn’t make sense
this is too hard
redeem this because
this is awkward
this is ugly,
and this isn’t going to work
i don’t deserve this
i hate this
i can’t do this
redeem this because
i didn’t ask for this
i can’t handle this,
and i’m done with this
but your message is:
GREATER LOVE HAS NO ONE THAN THIS
so i will marry myself to this
become one with this
i will be identified with this
mesh with this
find fulfillment in this
i will leave everything for this
suffer for this
i will grow in this
hope for this
In The Naked Now, Richard Rohr asks, “What might a joyful mind be?” A few of his answers:
When your mind does not need to be right.
When you no longer need to compare yourself with others.
When your mind can be creative, but without needing anyone to know.
When you can live in contentment with whatever the moment offers.
When your mind does not need to be in charge, but can serve the moment with gracious and affirming information.
When your mind follows the intelligent lead of your heart.
When your mind is curious and interested, not suspicious and interrogating.
When you do not need to humiliate, critique, or defeat those who have hurt you – not even in your mind.
When your mind can think well of itself, but without needing to.
When your mind can accept yourself as you are, warts and all.
When your mind can find truth on both sides.
When your mind fills the gaps with “the benefit of the doubt” for both friend and enemy.
When your mind can critique and also detach from that critique.
When your mind can wait, listen, and learn.
When your mind can admit it was wrong and change.
When your mind can stop judging and critiquing itself.
When your mind can find God in all things.
but it’s not summer yet.