Yep, I started riding my bike again. When I was in my 30's, my husband got this big idea that we would ride across the state of Oklahoma, where we lived at the time. But that takes training, and training I did. He and would ride every day after he got of off work, and I worked my way up to 20-25 miles at a time. Then he entered us into a race at Oklahoma University to see how I could handle a 30 mile ride. I handled it. I finished it! I was next to last across the line, but I finished it. I was in bed the next day sick. Oklahoma ride would have to wait. That ride is around 50 miles every day for a week. There was no way I could get back on the bike the second day.
Then life happened, we moved to Kentucky, I got older. I got softer. I got lazier. I didn't like it. So I got my bike out of retirement, blew the dust off and hopped on and took off. The bike just isn't the same at 50 as it is at 38. I went 3 miles and had to take a break. Then I went another 3 miles, 6 in all. Ok, that's not good, but not bad for someone who hasn't ridden in years. The second day, I got on again and rode 6 miles. Now I'm walking like a cowboy, if you know what I mean, Yippie Yi Ay! Third day I got on, and raising off the seat every chance I got. I only went 3 miles this day.
This is how a soft 50 year old looks after day 3 on her bike. . .
not very pretty.
I WAAAANNNAAA QUIT!!!
But my one word for this year is discipline. Oh why didn't I pick a word like. . .oh, I don't know. . .
maybe sleeper, lounger,
eater of more chocolate. Oh wait, that's not one word. AND, those words would not be very God honoring. It's ok to sleep, lounge and eat chocolate, but not to excess. But I think discipline would be fine in excess. Sleeping, lounging and eating chocolate is what can make a person lazy, soft and undisciplined. Oh, that may be why the word discipline came to my mind when I was trying to pick one out. It was what I needed.
This is harder than I thought!
But I'm not a giver upper.
I will straddle the seat, put my shoes to the pedal, and go. I just hope I can make it past my street one day!
Thoughts on discipline:
Master your mood; live by your committment, not your emotions
(I will not cry, I will not cry)
Put your mind in gear before your mouth.
(I will be positive and put mind and bike in gear before whining!)
Stick to a schedule.
(make the best use of time God gives)
"Everyone one of you should learn to control his/her body, keeping it pure and treating it with respect"
First Thessalonians 4:4
God has not given us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power and love and self-control."
Second Timothy 1:7
"I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me."
I'm off to find those padded bike shorts I used to have.
Please pray for me! ;)
Is God calling you to be disciplined in an area?
Tell me about it and I will pray for you.