Saturday, July 21, 2012

Riding for His Glory - July 20 Update

Here is a clip of the men who are ridding this week to raise funds to Rescue Children ... One Child at a Time
He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.
Micah 6:8

Tony's reflection on Day 4:

After yesterday’s 100-mile ride, all the riders were looking forward to today’s easy ride of 70 miles over mostly flat terrain. Enter 20mph headwinds. Headwinds tend to make the ride analogous to riding up hill, and as a result the ride ended up being much more grueling than expected. I think most everyone is more tired today than any of the days all week.

Personally, I was totally drained today.  My legs cried “uncle” about 30 miles into the ride.  In riding parlance, we call this “bonking”.  It is quite an interesting experience because from a cardio standpoint you feel perfectly fine, and yet your muscles just don’t want to respond.  I dropped in behind Rick Brower.  Rick is one of the taller riders on the team.  Tall riders are great to draft behind because not only do they eliminate the headwind problem, but they also create a sort of vortex that pulls you along with them.  I made the executive decision to draft off him for the next 30 miles. Despite the help, by the time we arrived at the hotel I was totally exhausted.  I was checking into my room, I checked my cell phone and I had a message from one of my friends stating he and his wife had decided to pledge $1500.  I can’t tell you how good that felt. 

There have been a lot of things this week that have made it such a great experience, but probably the highlight has been spending time with Tom Randall.  In addition, he has led our daily devotionals every evening.  What a great blessing it has been to all of us, and I can’t wait for all of us to hear him speak at this weekend’s services.

Thanks again for all your prayers and your generosity.

In Christ’s love,



Karla Melika said...

My daughters and I have enjoyed the updates, photos, video clip and praying. My 8-year old has wanted to earn money to give in the offering this weekend. Too bad it wasn't until this morning that I thought of a "Reading Challenge" for her. She's going to earn 10 cents a minute for reading above and beyond her normal daily reading.

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