I’M FOLLOWING…Don Fink’s training plan toward my first ironman distance triathlon. In his book titled Be Iron Fit, he provides three 30-week workout schedules: a competitive schedule (time consuming and tough), a ‘just finish’ schedule (relatively easy for the amateur athlete) and an intermediate schedule (somewhere in between the other two). I’m committed to the ‘intermediate schedule’ and I’ve only got twenty weeks to go. The Vineman Ironman – in Napa Valley, California – is held on July 29, 2012.  I’m registered. I’m going to be an ironman… I’M CONTEMPLATING…adjusting Don Fink’s schedule. Last Saturday, I was scheduled to ride my bike for 2 hours and 45 minutes. I happened to be out of town – away from my bike. The weather was threatening; I couldn’t ride outside. Fortunately a local fitness center allowed me to make use of one of their stationary bicycles for the allotted time. Two hours into the ride I had a thought. (Always a dangerous moment for me.) ‘I’m riding at a steady pace…I’m constantly spinning the pedals…but if the race is partially uphill…then it must be partially downhill…so I need to add a little coasting into my training!’ Having pedaled for two hours, I assumed it would be fine to skip the last forty-five minutes of the ride and log that in my journal as ‘coasting time!’ I wondered what Don Fink would think of my alteration to his training schedule – and then I kept pedaling for the final forty-five minutes…

I’M CELEBTATING…Sabbath today. I’m glad God stopped pedaling for a while and gave me permission – gave me a command - to do the same…

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