Following the broad sweep of history and answering the questions:
What is true?
What is important?
What, now, shall we do?
Biblical Worldview - whatnow2do

Home of …

You Are Only At 40%; Get Out Of The Saddle

For a cyclist “get out of the saddle” has special meaning. It says, stand up on the pedals and put in that extra effort to sprint up this climb.

As a result of a series of bad personal decisions, the last year has seen my physical wellbeing go downhill. The first bad decision was to not stop at a road crossing while biking. Hit by a truck. Beyond the stupidity and the life threatening risks of it, that decision kept me off the bike for a good part of the past year. The next bad decision was to continue in my gluttony. Make no mistake, not proactively curbing eating habits is an active decision to continue in gluttony.

Among other things I gained 20 pounds. This, combined with the lack of conditioning from regular training, has been more than a little depressing on the well-being front.

We have several event rides this year, the first being the Honor Ride for veterans and first responders in St. Petersburg on February 17th. As a result of my lack of training and poor eating choices, I am woefully out of condition for these rides. So a crash (not literally) training program is in place (awful way to train and so not recommended).

That brings me to yesterday and a planned 50 mile training ride, in hills such as Florida has. 50 miles used to be just another regular ride. But it seemed pretty formidable since it had been over a year since I had even attempted that distance. But had to be done as part of preparation for the 60 mile Honor Ride next weekend.

Mission accomplished. Even finished relatively strong.

Payoff: On this, the day after, I feel markedly physical better. Heading out shortly for a 22 mile recovery ride.

Get out of the saddle. You are only at 40% (1).

(1) See the Navy Seal 40% Rule here:

Return to home page.

Related Posts

Conversations With God

Our whole Christian life depends on an unceasing conversation between God and us through Scripture and Revealed Truth. And between us and God through prayer,

Falling Short

When (not if) we sin and fall short, the first step in returning to right relationship with God is to acknowledge our sin before Him.

The Penalty Of Sin

The penalty of sin is that little by little you get used to it, until you finally come to the place where you no longer