This weekend, I leave for an epic ride with Ride2012. Many of you readers of this blog have helped me surpass my goal to raise $1000 to support church communities on Vancouvers downtown east side. Specifically, a church called The River. Listen to their story:
The River in Vancouver - Ride 2012 from C&MA in Canada on Vimeo.
I want to seriously THANK YOU for supporting me. I love the idea of supporting churches that are desiring to facilitate the growth of christian community in every neighbourhood of our city. This is a church that inspires me.
I will be cycling about 800 kms (500 miles) with over 5200 meters (17,000 feet) of climbing over 4 mountain ranges in 6 days
My schedule will look like this:
Calgary to Canmore - 149km
Canmore to Radium - 161km
Invemere to Golden - 120km
Golden to Revelstoke - 148km
Revelstoke to Vernon - 155km
Vernon to Kelowna - 75km
Detailed maps of the routes, here:
Things that I am trying to remember while riding:
1. Every tough hour in the saddle is easier than every tough day as a pastor/ church planter
2. Choosing to suffer on the bike is different from really suffering
3. Talk to as many people I can about why I have chosen to ride
Thanks for all the love, readers!
p.s. Yes, I am still sick. Got unpleasant bathroom experiences, headaches, and today I went on a short 1 hour ride and my body isn't quite feel right. So, to the doctors I go....Pray for healing!
Something I am learning is that endurance tests (like the one I am about to partake) is not simply about the level of fitness I have achieved in preparation, but its about what I bring on the day. And my goal needs to be to achieve my best effort according to what I had on the day. I need to feel proud of my effort. That's going to me my mantra come Saturday...