Good morning friends!
This week I had no trips to the seminary. No drives to Homewood. Once again, for 7 glorious days, my world exists in this little 5 mile circle around my house. It can mean only one thing: cycling season is in full swing!
I have a few goals that I've set for myself this year. For starters, we have the Get Your Guts In Gear ride in August. If you missed the post from a few months ago, fundraising has begun for that ride. Click here to learn more or to make a donation. That ride will be 100 miles in a single day, my first century. Later on in September, a few friends and I will be riding to Washington DC. My last big goal is to ride over a thousand miles in 2015. This time last year I had ridden for 107, and at the moment I've gone 218. All going in the right direction!
Perhaps most exciting about that 218 number is that I did 157 of it on a mountain bike. I bought my new mountain bike when snow was still a thing, hoping to have a bike that would make commuting in winter a little easier. But then the road bike, my trusted friend, ran into some trouble. The chain and cassette needed to be replaced, but a combination of a really bad shop experience and general laziness on my part led to the roadie being out of commission for a while. Yesterday, we were reunited, and it felt so good.
Why do I tell you all this? Because I love cycling. I love being out of my car. I love riding to work rather than sitting in traffic. I love watching the world from a new perspective, seeing things that I would never have noticed in a car. I love being connected to the creation in a way that I never could be in a car. I love not paying for gas.
What do you love? Are there activities that you do that fill you with the same kind of joy and passion? I hope so. And if there are, take some time today to live into your passions.