Nancy has never ridden bicycle for long distances. I have, but most of my long bike rides occurred over 30 years ago. I do ride about 10 miles a day, and I have done that for at least the last 25 years. Last year Nancy and I tackled two trails; each trail totaled a little more than thirty miles. The success of those rides created within me a desire to dream even bigger. Thus, we hope to conquer the GAP. But now we need to train.
Last Saturday we rode 44 miles on the NCR trail. We returned home tired but successful. We then added two shorter rides on Sunday totaling 23 miles. This week Nancy began summer hours at school, so we even are riding together in the morning about ten miles a day.
We intend to train for this ride and not just try.
- waiting for the right mood to hit
- doing little or no study preparation
- giving some effort, but often blaming the conditions or other people for failure
- practicing little
- studying for the event- mental preparation
- practicing by putting oneself in similar situations
- getting prepared physically
- going against how you feel
- focusing on the goal
I have been pondering, based on past readings, how life as a follower of Jesus is about training and not trying. It involves mental and physical preparation, practice, going against one's bodily urges or worldly forces, and keeping your heart focused on Jesus. Too many try to do Christianity when they are in the mood, or when they feel guilty about something. But as we have seen at church lately, the apostle Paul wrote, "Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training" (1 Cor. 9:24-25). Paul also wrote to Timothy, "Have nothing to do with the godless myths and old wives' tales; rather train yourself to be godly" (1 Tim 4:7).
Nancy and I have a month to go. The goal is before us. She has been watching videos and reading about the ride. I need to find time to do that also. Even more, she and I need to train ourselves to be like Christ. In order to do that, we need to do some spiritual exercises, especially the ones Jesus did. Maybe, I'll write more on that later, as for now, I need to train.