Posted by: pdfflyers | March 2, 2010


I rarely get sick, but in the past 3 months I found myself getting sick 3 times: two colds, and the swine flew over Christmas. Crazy! In bed sick on Christmas day…a first for me. This past week I came down with a cold that kicks you when your down. Sore throat, huge headache, and then the congestion that drops down into your chest. I guess I had become vulnerable from work, a training week of over 300 miles (with 150 of done in 2 days), not enough sleep, and many things weighing on my mind. Our bodies have amazing chemistry that can fend off anything when respected, but when violated, especially by a 49 yr old, the defense is down and open for the nearest bug. Then add on top of the that a week of rain and overcast….gloomy to say the least. Some how in moments like this you just aren’t living.

So Sunday, I wake up and the worst of the cold is over. The sun is out and my body is crying out to ride, my bike is sitting their lonely (if bikes get lonely) beckoning me to take it out. So get my bike stuff on, fill up the bottles, and stuff my pouches to head out on what I call a “snot ride”. Sorry for the graphic, but when one’s cold has passed, the first ride is that, literally, because the body is going to get it all out to restore itself.

The ride was amazing. Fresh legs (6 days off the bike will do that), a slight breeze if any, mustard in full bloom, flowers starting to pop out of a sea of green on every hillside, trees bursting with blossoms, wild life out and about, and the warmth of the sun on my skin once again. After a swift 40 miler, I returned home feeling like I had found myself once again.

As always, this moment was a huge reminder to me to work harder making right choices to keep my life in balance. It reminded me to not neglect the priority of rest. It reminded me to train reasonably and keep work in its proper perspective. It reminded me take the time and deal with the check list that I keep in my head. My body reminded me to stop and honor that balance that life requires. Even though it was a gloomy time, it was necessary to bring me back to reality. And even though I had been inactive, I needed to respond and get back out there to cleanse and see the life that is out there in our world for me.

I think we all can slip into a pattern of life that isn’t healthy and we can become vulnerable and lose our way. In losing our way, we can grow weary and lay down and forget the great life that is out there. Sometimes we need to just stop, heal, and take the time to cleanse out our lives to restore the simple balance we need to live. Maybe bad colds aren’t so bad.

  Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke (way of life) upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke fits perfectly, and the burden I give you is light.”



  1. I wondered Peter if you have been sick! Glad yer better and thanks for the training tip of just getting back out there! I got knocked out with a cold a couple weeks ago and I hated it. I took good care of myself and although I didn’t exercise for two weeks, I didn’t have any huge cough attacks or laryngitis, which I usually get because I don’t rest.

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