Friday, May 17, 2013

Blaine Triathlon--God's wicked sense of humor

Earlier today I went out for my last training exercise for the Blaine Triathlon.  Tomorrow I’m joining 299 others to swim 600 yards in a lake, ride a bike 18 miles and then run for 3.5 miles.  
Chain of Lakes Church is a sponsor for the Triathlon.  I tried to recruit a team from our congregation to do the event with me.  Some folks were ready to do it with me, but schedules didn’t relent.  So—I’ve taken and will take the plunge all by myself tomorrow.

When I trained for marathons a couple decades ago my Dad told me that I couldn’t do it at the last minute—as I had a propensity to do when I studied for tests.  And he was right—and he would be happy that I’ve driven my body hard for the last two months.  I’ve swam in a pool for the first time since I swam for the prestigious Worthington YMCA swim team when I was in Junior High.  I’ve biked 13 miles on a number of occasions.  And I’ve ran.  I’m not worried about the running, though I’m not sure how it will go after the swim and the bike ride.  I’ve even rented a wet suit to keep warm.  (See above picture)
Am I ready—who knows?  But I am interested in prayers.  So please pray.  At about 8:00 a.m. tomorrow say prayers as I take a plunge into a lake with a wet suit.  No I wasn’t told in seminary that I would do triathlons, but I do think God has a wicked sense of humor.

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