Posted by: pdfflyers | October 6, 2009

The Journey

I have been participating in double centuries for the past few years. Needless to say, it is a test of not only of one’s physical perserverance, but also a test of the human spirit. Each double is a unique experience. It doesn’t matter what the weather conditions are or the amount of elevation gain; two hundred miles is still two hundred miles. As one rides for 12 to 14 hrs, sun up to sun down, you experience a variety of moments that are both enjoyable and euphoric and other moments where you feel like quiting. I have found that no matter where you on the ride, you need to press on because you body will enter a different phase. When you feel like quitting, something changes in you and you gain new found energy and momentum to take you the rest of the distance. There are many moments where you ask yourself “why did I get myself into this thing?” and other times where you have tears of joy for the mementous experience. There is nothing like finishing a double century.

I have found that as I journey through life, I have experienced moments where I have questioned why I am doing what I am doing. I have questioned the circumstances that I have found myself in and wished that I could quit and move in another direction. Something in me doesn’t allow me to quit what I have begun. The journey through perserverance changes ones person. You gain strength, maturity, and a renewed sense of self when you finish what seems like a daunting task or moment.

The crazy thing in the last miles of a double century is that you gain this renewed strength as if you were just starting the ride. You zoom home with joy of the accomplishment and desire to attemp it again. For those who choose to be steadfast and endure through the rough times in life, you will find the joy in the journey and be glad for the experience and anxious for such another challenge.  The challenge of the human experience is pressing into one’s limitations and unchartered circumstances and discovering how human you really are. 

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily hinders our progress. And let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us.  Hebrews 12:1 (NLT)

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