CSD Ride Like The Wind Bike Mission Update

Freeway Bike Path


After a night of little sleep but much tossing and turning, mentally getting up for a 90-degree day bike ride was kind-of rough.

But again, I have to enjoy this lovely weather while the gettin’-is-good, so off to the trail I went.

This time, I decide to ride along the freeway on a path that is normally empty but extremely noisy and pretty ugly. This is usually a good one to ride when I know the local park trail is jammed or when I don’t have the energy for the hills of the park…and it’s the latter excuse today.

You know, doesn’t it feel great when your first get on and you’re easily cruising on your mountain bike 4×4 tires at 16+mph. Then it dawned on me. A storm watch was in effect and sure enough, when I turned around to head south, BAM, that headwind knocked me down to 10 mph real fast.

But overall, great ride, 11.2 miles, which brings us up to 82.6 after 7 rides.


CSD 2013 Summer Mission – 430 at 43


My man Jack LaLanne would try to do some feat of strength and endurance every birthday. As I hit the big 4-3 this summer, I figured it would be cool to try to do the same thing myself every year. Like many warm-weather lovers, I come alive and my vitality increases one hundred fold when the weather is warm, so setting a summer time goal is perfect for me.

So what did Jack do at 43? According to this site, he:

1957 Age 43: Swam the treacherous Golden Gate Channel, towing a 2,500-pound cabin cruiser. This involved fighting the cold, swift ocean currents that made the 1 mile swim a 6 ½ mile test of strength and endurance.


Well, lets just say that I’m going to start off small compared to his performance.

At 43, I’d like to:

Deadlift – 430 lbs.

Bicycle – 430 miles

Now, I know those totals aren’t much to many people reading this, but it has value to me. First. I’ve deadlifted over 430 lbs. before in my younger days. My brother can deadlift 505 lbs. just getting out of bed, no warm-up, and with Beethoven playing in his ears. But for me to handle that kind of weight requires consistency on my part. I can get workout routine A-D-D and not stick to the tried and true compound-skill lifts that require dedication to really get the numbers up. Plus, since dudes like to do the curls-for-girls in the power rack,  it’s often hard to get an Olympic bar with the space around me to warrant keeping the DL in my routine on a consistent basis. But, now that the weather’s better and my homegym is open for business again (check out Jason’s article here for some great tips on training at home), I can pull with the deadlift bar (hex bar) and even use the Olympic bar if I have to. So this goal will likely be the most convenient, but surely the hardest to achieve.

My Rack Pull weight, but getting this off the floor as a true Deadlift may be a bit more difficult!
My Rack Pull weight, but getting this off the floor as a true Deadlift may be a bit more difficult!

Next is logging 430 miles on my rusty-trusty bike. Sadly, there are only a few good months to ride the bike in my area but it’s something I absolutely love doing. Having the time will be the biggest challenge on this one, but I’m looking forward to knocking it out as an early morning ride is the most tranquil thing I do. Okay, maybe cruising with the sounds going in harmony with the Flowmasters is up there as well, but that activity doesn’t burn any calories.

Bike Ride
My bike ride view in the early morning…ah yes, I must admit that when you get as depressed as I do in the winter, you appreciate the warmer days so much more!

So where am I at right now? Well, as of today:

Deadlift – 365 x 3

Bike Miles – 71 miles (5 rides)

How about you? Any goals you have for your next birthday? Forget that New Year’s resolution stuff, if you’ve already failed there, why not use your birthday as a new target?

I’ll keep you posted on my progress!


Mission Men Message by Dion: Seek Ye First The Kingdom Of God

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It’s been a while since we’ve had the opportunity to post and record a message from New Life Rescue Mission. But last month we got back on track with our man Dion coming through with his digital recorder.

Please check out this fantastic message titled: Seek Ye First The Kingdom of God.

This is not an easy message to stand up and give to a bunch of men who have no home. You’re telling them to seek God and His righteousness instead of a home, money, and food?

Well, that’s what God said in Dion’s main text: Matthew 6:19-34

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Lay Up Treasures in Heaven

19“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and ruste destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

22“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, 23but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!

24“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.f

25“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?g 28And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

34“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.


Was he correct or just talking crazy? Listen and find out and let me know what you think below.