Unexpected Encouragement

Sometimes I get it partly right. Friday during my ride I got caught cranking up a pretty steep hill. I’m much better than I used to be, but I’ll never be able to climb hills well due to some combination of a 35-lb bike and partially-functioning back/shoulder/arm muscles. I’m not alone–all but very elite handcyclists struggle with […]

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Shoes And Bike Rides

Yesterday I wrote about my friend Josh. I asked us to walk in the other guy’s shoes, and you may wonder how that relates to a bike ride. After all, we’re rolling, not walking, and what does Josh’s story of addiction rehab have to do with human trafficking? Earlier this week I spoke with a guy […]

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When You Gotta Jump In

I wish I could make music. Specifically, I’ve always kind of wanted to be a drummer. There’s a place in my heart that feels a tiny bit unfulfilled because I never gave that notion a real shot. But that place is fairly small, and at this point it’s certainly not a dream worth following. Drumming is […]

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One More Drop

Yesterday a few of us from the FREEDOM TOUR team were invited to share the story. In a Sunday school class the questions started easy, routes and where we sleep and how far we ride each day. As we settled in a bit, they wanted to know about our focus on human trafficking. So we […]

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Not For Everyone

“This thing isn’t for everyone.” When I got my Master’s degree in counseling, I recall the turmoil caused by the required course in statistics. As a math guy it was an easy class for me, but many of my classmates struggled and fussed and bemoaned the need for such torture. They wondered why they couldn’t […]

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In 60 Days

In 60 days, the 500-mile journey begins. We’ll raise our helmets, climb on our bikes, and crank south out of Cheyenne on highway 85. A casual observer might think FRONT RANGE FREEDOM TOUR ’15 begins with the first pedal crank. The observer will see bright green jerseys, smiles, and high-fives. He’ll wave and perhaps offer […]

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Is It Okay To Coast?

I think about odd stuff while I crank my bike. The other day I took off on a workout with a specific intensity goal in mind. This wasn’t a pleasure ride. But as I topped a small rise old habits kicked in and I coasted for perhaps 100-200 yards without even being aware. I resumed pedaling and […]

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Wax On, Wax Off

Do you have a favorite iconic movie character? I suppose we all remember different roles for different reasons. One of my favorites is Mr. Miyagi from The Karate Kid. In one memorable scene, Miyagi asks his student, Daniel, if he’s ready to begin his karate training. Daniel replies, “Yeah, I guess so.” Miyagi sighs. “Daniel-san, […]

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