cycling, Mountain biking

ANKLE UPDATE WEEK 22

To date I have had two dozen physical therapy sessions for a broken ankle.

My PT is a guy named Thadd. He has been an excellent help to get me back into action sooner than If I would have left the ankle alone.

The biggest challenge seems to be range of motion and strength to lift and manuver.

I am really thankful for my new best friend Thadd.

thad-and-me

I am back to about 80% on my mountain bike. Still on platform peddles.

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ANKLE UPDATE: WEEK 21

I am in week 21 since my right ankle was broken on trail 396 here in Prescott and wanted to give a short update as to the progress thus far.

On a Saturday June 28th at 9:00 in the morning life changed for me. So last Saturday I wanted to do a victory lap back on the same trail that taught me some lessons as well as changed my entire summer.

This is a photo of the group that road with me this past Saturday.

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In all we ended up with 12 riders by the end of the 10 mile trip.

It is great to be back on the trails again with friends.

I started into my 21st physical therapy session this morning. My physical terrorist says my progress is much improved.

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GENERATION X MOUNTAIN BIKERS

I love being with GEN-XRS on the on the dirt for a mountain bike experience.

Just think…..no xbox, cell phones or other cultural distractions.

These are two 20 somethings from the ministry that love to get out on the single track whenever possible.

Chase and Josh did a great job and they are the new generation of riders that will take the sport to a whole new level I’m sure.

 

 

Even when I am old and gray,
       do not forsake me, O God,
       till I declare your power to the next generation,
       your might to all who are to come. Psalm 71:18 (niv)

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cycling, Mountain biking

THE ROAD NOT TRAVELED

Robert Frost said it perfectly for me today.

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I–
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

The only things missing in this mornings commute was heavy traffic, diesel fumes and pavement.

I decided to take the road not traveled to the office today and it was a great choice.

Plenty of room and no oncoming traffic.

My dashboard is very simple and gas prices cannot be beat this way.

Single lanes are really nice.

After the day in the office I decided to keep riding up into Granite Basin and ended up with about 2 1/2 hours of bike time today.

I think what Frost is really saying is CHOICES DO MATTER.

He probably is wondering what would have happened if he had chosen a different path.

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POWER IN NUMBERS

Today was the first day in 14 weeks to ride with a group of mountain bikers since the ankle break.

Wow, Awesome to get back with  friends who like to push it and push me.

There is just something in us that makes us want to go faster, ride further and climb tougher stuff when we are with a group.

Synergy (from the Greek syn-ergo, συνεργός meaning working together) is the term used to describe a situation where the final outcome of a system is greater than the sum of its parts.

The Apostle Paul used the word in his Epistles (Romans 8:28; 1 Corinthians 3:9) to illustrate a dynamic conception of human, divine and cosmic cooperation: “I did the planting, Apollos the watering, but God made things grow…We are fellow workers (synergoi) with God; you are God’s cultivation, God’s building.”

Great to be out with other riders today.

Now its time to ice the ankle and study for Sunday.

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THE BEAUTY OF THE BEAN

Today is commute to the office on the bike day.

This is the first Monday of fall and what a great ride in the crisp fall air here in Prescott.

Stopped by the bean store and joined the other 167 million coffee drinkers of USA today.

It is nice having a Starbucks just about halfway between my house and the church.

I was reading today that coffee is second only to oil as a USA import and is a 19 billion dollar industry.

A great book I am reading right now by Leonard Sweet is The Gospel According To Starbucks.

The book is about finding a life you would stand in line for.

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INVESTING TIME NOT JUST SPENDING IT

Yes, this blog posting will be sentimental.

I found out along time ago that we can WASTE OUR LIVES, SPEND OUR LIVES or we can INVEST OUR LIVES.

Last night while many people were worried about their investments in the stock market, we decided to  invest in something that cannot be lost.

Dad and I went on a bike ride just before dark here in Prescott. The evening was perfect and the Pevine trail was perfect.

I know my brother Gary and I will always cherish the time dad invested in us these many years. I am really greatful that he always gave the extra time even after he had worked all week long.

One of the greatest gifts I have ever been given in this life
came from God; I call him Dad!

And one of the greatest things my dad ever did for my brother Gary and I was to love our mom.

In my eyes…..HE’S THE MAN!

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COMMUNTING TO THE OFFICE

Today was my first opportunity in 12 weeks to bike to work.

Prior to Mr. ankle breaking, I would commute to the office on my bike on Mondays.

I began commuting on the bike because it allowed me to accomplish many things at once.

Here is a short list of benefits:

1. I get to exercise in the same amount of time I usually spend in the suv on my way to the office.

2. Cycling to the office is a great low impact exercise that allows me to help accelerate recovery from the ankle injury.

3. Commuting on a bike takes me no longer to get to the office than driving my gas hog.

4. Speaking of gas hog… Commuting saves money on the 3.50 per gallon we are all paying now.

5. Commuting, as with any form of exercise, is therapeutic. Biking for me is a stress reliever.

 I can use the time for prayer and processing my day before and after a day in the office.

Great to be back in the Monday routine again.

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SATURDAY IN THE PARK

Today after I studied for Sundays messages I wanted to try a trail that I usually don’t get to ride.

The Willow Lake Trail is a great asset to our Prescott trail system.

Natascha as and I went out for an hour before heading to the 20 somethings small group meeting tonight.

Here are some pics of todays ride.

It is always great to get out on the bike with Tash and with 300 days of sunshine here in Prescott you just gotta live outdoors.

Speaking of sunshine. Tonight in our small group we a had a disccussion out of the brilliant book by Erwin Mcmanus entitled “CHASING DAYLIGHT“.

He uses Jesus words out of John 9:4 “As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.”

Here is one of the great quotes out of Erwin’s book; Right behind the mundane is the miraculous.”

Really looking forward to chasing daylight all day Sunday.

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