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Don't Worry, Parts 3 & 4

Wed, 15 Apr 2009 11:37:00 +0000

Here's the last two parts of a series on worry and anxiety from David Powlison:

Part 3

Part 4

I really appreciate the last section of part 4. Under the heading "How do you get a grip when the barbarians are rioting in the streets of your mind?" Powlison personalizes the daily battle of thoughts and emotions and faith. This is fantastic stuff?



Where is my mind today on Good Friday?

Fri, 10 Apr 2009 11:41:00 +0000

A quote by Paul David Tripp from page 104 in his book "A Quest For More":

"You cannot be Christ-centered with out becoming cross-centered. The crucified Christ is to be the center of everything I know about myself and my world. You cannot have any real hope for flawed people in a fallen world unless there is a Redeemer to rescue us from the evil that resides both inside and outside of us. Real restoration to God's created design requires the cross. It is the cross of Christ that alone will restore my allegiance to Christ and his rightful place at the center of everything in my life."


If Jesus wasn't crucified, if Jesus did not choose death on a cross, if Jesus instead chose pride instead of humility, there would be no ultimate meaning and purpose to life. But, because of His work on the cross, everything has meaning. Everything! There is not one square inch of human existence that can not be fully redeemed. But its only because of His death on a cross. The necessity of the cross is that it restored the ability to be back in relationship with God our creator. The veil has been torn in two (Matthew 27:51). Man can now approach the loving God. This may be an oversimplification but its what I am thinking about this Good Friday.



Don't Worry, Part 2

Sat, 04 Apr 2009 11:40:00 +0000

The second part of David Powlison's article series "What Good Is "Don't Worry' in Time Like These?" is available at the CCEF blog. This series has been very helpful to me so far because I am personally dealing with a lot physical effects related to high levels of anxiety. This is something new to me.

Of course there is the question: What do you worry about? But then a second penetrating question is: Why do you worry. Here's why I consider Powlison to be a master at biblical counseling, he writes about Jesus in Luke 12:
The easy answer is to point your finger back towards what you are worrying about, and to think that explains it. “I’m worried because I don’t know if I’m going to get a job. I’m worried because I don’t have enough saved for retirement. I’m worried because I have a family history of cancer.” But Jesus doesn’t do that. He explains our worries not by pointing to how uncertain life is, but by pointing to something in us. Throughout this whole passage He says, “You worry because of something about you, not because of the things you worry about.” That’s what He threw on the table in the interchange just before the passage we’re focusing on: “Guard yourself from every form of greed.”


I bolded that line in the above quote because it gets to the heart of the matter - the heart, my heart, your heart, everyone's heart. Quotes like this are equalizers in that the truth in them places everyone on common ground.

Then Powlison shows us where Jesus is taking the crowd:

Jesus has no interest in simply talking about what’s wrong with us. He’s always going somewhere good. He does make reference to the temptations you face during anxiety, and to some of the ways you go off the rails, and to how your faith dims when you fall into greed. But the passage is largely about giving you lots of solid reasons not to worry. Sure, you have good reasons to worry, because lots of things are uncertain. But you have many, much better reasons not to worry!


This is great stuff! It's the gospel message in very practical terms. I find it helpful in showing me how to live out what the gospel really means in my own life. I hope you read the article.



Don't Worry

Wed, 01 Apr 2009 11:44:00 +0000

One of my favorites in biblical counseling is David Powlison.  I amazed at his wisdom.  I am also a big fan of CCEF (Christian Counseling and Education Foundation).  Powlison is a counselor and faculty member at CCEF.

On CCEFs blog there is an article from 2003 by Powlison, What Good is Don't Worry" In Times Likes These?.  It's actually the first part in a series on Worry and Luke 12.  I highly recommend it.



2009 Inline Event and Training Schedule

Mon, 23 Mar 2009 11:40:00 +0000

For those interested, here's my Inline Skating race and training plan for this summer:

Events
The first three are the standard events I have done the last four years. I've committed to a new one and I am very excited - the Northshore, the largest in the country. Also, notice that Hayward this is year 30 miles. Great way to kick things off!!

1. August 8th, 2009 - Hayward Races - 30 miles

2. August 15th - St. Paul Inline Marathon - 26.2 miles

3. August 22nd - St. Micheal Half Marathon - 13.1 miles

4. September 19th - Northshore Inline Marathon - 26.2 miles

Training
Official training on skates starts April 18th. I been doing dryland work since the beginning of the year (i.e. boosting heart rate on elliptical machine, weight lifting, and form/balance exercises.)

Here's a link to my detailed schedule
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Goals
These are preliminary.

1. I want to be down to 190 lbs by the first race in August. I am at 223 right today. Should be no problem with all the activity but I believe firmly that any fat loss on any program/diet comes 80% from nutrition. I definitely will burn enough calories but for me the challenge will be eating right (i.e. NO processed carbs). I want the loss the be fat while maintaining muscle.

2. I want to beat my 1 hour and 40 minute pace on 26.2 miles. Wow would I love to get under 1 hour and 35 minutes. If I can drop weight to 190, I think 1:35 is very realistic. I will crystallized my time goals a few weeks into skate training after my skate muscles return to form.



I am always looking for people who are interested in pushing me a long. For instance, if you like to bike you are welcome to ride along with me. I typically head out early morning between 5:30 and 6:00 am. Leave a comment and let me know.



Yearn

Mon, 09 Mar 2009 23:49:00 +0000

I'm feeling it today man.  All I can think about is how much my heart cries out to know Christ better - like the song by Shane & Shane:

holy design
this place in time
that i might seek and find my God
my God

Lord i want to yearn for You
i want to burn with passion
over You and only You
Lord i want to yearn

Your joy is mine
yet why am i fine
with all my singing and bringing grain
in light of Him

oh You give life and breath
through Him You give all things
in Him we live and move
that's why i sing

acts 17:25-28, hebrews 12:28-29
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Depression in Christianity Today

Mon, 09 Mar 2009 11:50:00 +0000

Wow! What a great package in Christianity Today on Depression. I think it does a great job highlighting the complexities of Depression.

The church is bursting with suffering souls. People come to the church for help but even in our culture Depression is misunderstood. I want to do something to help. I see myself becoming more equipped for soul care within the church body.





1 Year Ago Today We Made Our First Debt Snowball Payment

Tue, 03 Mar 2009 12:16:00 +0000

Today marks the official one year mark since starting our debt snowball plan - we made our first payment last March 3, 2008. Our progress has been above average paying off $19,000.

Since it's spring break for my kids I am taking them to Camp Nickelodeon at the Mall of America to celebrate a little.

But our work is not over! We're working hard to kill a consolidation loan by June. I hate this loan since we've been paying $400 a month for the last two and a half years - I HATE IT! When that baby is paid off and that extra monthly cash flow is freed up it will be like getting close to a 30% raise. We're working our own stimulus plan!



One question that unveils if someone is not resting in God's Sovereignty

Thu, 19 Feb 2009 14:59:00 +0000

Are you angry?

I read an article on another blog this morning that had this to say about the connection between anger and God's goodness and providence:

When I grow angry I find myself losing belief. I lose faith in God's goodness amid my circumstances. I lose belief in his promises, that "he works all things together for good for those who love him and are called according to his purpose" (Rom 8:28).

This unbelief arises from sinful discontent with God's wise providence, a failure to trust in His perfect will to do me good, whether through bad weather or good, emotional intimacy or none, apology or no apology. From emotional outbursts to weather complaints, anger arises from a failure to believe the truth, and belief that God owes me something: better weather or better marital intimacy or whatever.

Belief in this false promise is unbelief in God's promises.

Read the entire article here.




Admitting Limits

Wed, 18 Feb 2009 12:53:00 +0000

I took the following notes from an excellent audio series from Paul Tripp (my project has been to let the truths I know in my head sink deep into my heart):

Two Greatest Lies:
  1. Personal Autonomy
  2. Self-sufficiency
I am a living human being created to be dependent on my creator, the living God.

I am limited by:
  1. Space and time
  2. Knowlege and wisdom
  3. Power and control
  4. Sin and weakness
  5. Ability and gift

The real life of faith is not just about trusting God but it is also about humbling admitting your limits.
"My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me."
2 Corinthians 12:9 (ESV)
There is no reason to be afraid of weaknesses and limits but what should be feared is delusions of strength. What if life takes you beyond your strength? Paul is so confident in God's grace that he can rejoice in his weaknesses because it is in those moments of personal weakness that he actually experiences the depths of God's power and his faithfulness.

I am letting these truths get buried deep into my heart today. I want to celebrate God's grace today while being constantly dependent on God - doing what he has called me to do. It's not one of my strengths :-)



Debt Snowball Update

Tue, 17 Feb 2009 12:34:00 +0000

We're still pluggin' away at our goal to be debt free. It has has been close enough to a year so here's another update.

Debt Snowball Progress


February 29, 2008 February14, 2009 Change
Total Debt $182,890.00 $163,971.00 ($18,919.00)
Mortgage $138,489.00 $135,813.00 ($2,676.00)
Consumer $44,401.00 $28,120.00
($16,281.00)
Number of Debts 12 3 -9

A footnote about the Consumer Loan balance: Right now we are banking our extra payments into savings so the balance is current IF we made a lump sum payment right today. We're banking until June or so and then we'll make the final payment on our next debt which is $6,100 right now.



Not Trying To Figure It All Out

Sat, 14 Feb 2009 12:44:00 +0000

The following quote is very helpful for me as one who analyzes everything to death and yet wants to do so much:
"A Christian's inner peace is never based on his ability to take the teachings of Scripture and figure it all out. Our peace always rests on the presence, power, and character of the Lord. Because he rules heaven and earth according to his wise plan, I need not live in anxiety and fear. God's absolute sovereignty guarantees the fulfillment of each of his promises to every one of his children"
Paul David Tripp, Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands, p 30
Two words really pop out at me from this quote: rests and plan. When I ask myself, "What is going on? What is God doing?" In every circumstance, the answer is always "Working his plan." I can always check the strength of my belief in God's ultimate rule based on the sense of rest I get from that answer.



Grand Themes

Thu, 12 Feb 2009 15:26:00 +0000

Here it comes...might as well get back into blogging with a pour-out-your-heart post. This is one of those "Burn the Ships" kind of posts.Life for me over the last two years has been different. Its been a mixture of blessing and failure. Some things have stabilized, somethings are new, somethings are still a struggle. To summarize the time, I'd have to say I think all my spiritual beliefs have been thoroughly tested. I've concluded that the gap between what I know in my head and what I believe in my heart (i.e. how I live out my beliefs in daily life) is much much larger than I've ever wanted to admit. Not only that, but the most troubling part is that it seems the gap has grown larger at a faster pace in the last nine months. I do not like the direction things have been heading and I am taking charge and doing something about it.I am not trying to mix up anything that hasn't already been written or said by another human being. I am not very creative or original. But I am a "redoer", a "recycler" of ideas. I take what I learn in life and try to make sense of it and try to "reframe" it so that it speaks to both my head and my heart...so that it inspires me to live better. Recently I stepped back from daily life and considered what I know to be true. The following are what I call grand themes in life: God's Sovereign Rule - The creator God rules everything.Grace - The love of God is beyond belief.Truth - It exists and is contained in the authority of the Bible.New Life - It is exists in the Spirit of God.Change - New Life itself is really about becoming who you already are.Surrender - Humble giving up of prideful self.Live - For another by faith.I hope to blog through my thoughts and life experiences regarding these themes. It is a practice that keeps me focused on them (and hopefully is helpful to some one else.)[...]



A post about blogging

Mon, 09 Feb 2009 17:04:00 +0000

When I first started blogging I was told that you never blog about blogging. Has that rule changed yet? Not sure but if I'm breaking it in this post, so be it.

I would like to start posting more but:

1. I always over analyze what I should or want to post about. I get locked up.

2. Time seems shorter than its ever been.

3. Work has been good but very stressful over the last year and I am short on mental energy as a result.

4. I have a story to tell but recently it has occurred to me that over the last two years I have shut down much of my willingness to share anything about me with anyone. This really, really bothers me. Really. This is more than a blogging issue but you can see it explains why I don't post much.

I need some inspiration. What shall I post about to get started again?



A Declaration of Financial Independence

Mon, 29 Dec 2008 12:42:00 +0000

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Sign the declaration of financial independence at We the Savers.

There is a Facebook page as well.



Robbing Peter to Pay Paul

Fri, 19 Dec 2008 13:04:00 +0000

Ya'know the saying "You're just robbing Peter to pay Paul."? I respect the principle this statement represents. It's the driving idea behind why ponzi schemes end up collapsing. Once you open the door to the idea of shifting resources around to make it appear that things are covered, things go from bad to worse. It's a slippery slope. A no win game. There are some short term benefits though. But in the end it's not worth it.

Yesterday I robbed Peter to pay Paul. Here's what happened:

My oldest son Josh was leaving to school in about 10 minutes. I asked him "What's going on today bud?" Josh repliess "Today is our class Christmas party. We're having a gift exchange. Except, I am not going to get a gift because I am not bringing one?"

My wife Carla and I simultaneously gasped "WHAT?!" My son, in such an non-chalant way, "Yeah, no biggey. I'll just sit and watch all the other kids open presents. It will be over soon." I, putting on my game face, start to calculate how fast I can race to Wal-mart and back. What will I get? It's gotta be under $5. Something for a boy. Josh would be leaving in five minutes for school.

Carla comes over and whispers in my ear, "Just go out to the bag of Christmas toys and steal that one yo-yo ball that we were going give to Nathan (my second son)." Ah! Great idea! I told the kids "I will be right back, I'm running to the store." I came back in the house and showed Josh the present. He was pleased. They all thought I broke the world record for a round trip to Wal-mart.

Nathan though saw the ball and wanted to touch it, smell it, have it. (A yo-yo ball is one of the top items on his Christmas list.) He wanted it - now! I explained to him that he "might" be getting one for Christmas. Of course to him Christmas was not today and so he got ticked and went into an emotional nose dive. I tried my best to calm him down with no success. Now I had one son happy and the other one upset and another present to remember to get before Christmas.

After school I asked Josh how the party was and to see his present. He said "Oh, the party is tomorrow. Sorry Dad that things went crazy this morning. But thanks." I love Joshua, it's not at all his fault, but I am suppose to learn from this, right?



The Best Personal Finance Site

Tue, 16 Dec 2008 13:18:00 +0000

Free Money Finance



Be Ready to Start a Debt Snowball Plan

Sat, 13 Dec 2008 12:39:00 +0000

What's the process for getting the snowball rolling toward paying off consumer debt?Before starting a debt snowball plan there needs to be a short term plan for getting ready to pay off debt. The idea itself of being totally debt free is exciting and provides a rush of transforming motivation for any one willing to see the dream. Yet, once the idea settles in, there is also an awesome sense of urgency that could lead to premature action in the way of foolishly allocating money toward debt when it is needed elsewhere. I believe certain requirements need to be met before applying extra toward paying off personal debt otherwise being in debt continues on as an endless, fruitless cycle of trying to get out of debt. I think these are the essential steps:1. Stop, stop, stop, stop using debt to fund life. Cut up the credit cards - all of them. There is no need to have a credit card for emergencies. In a time of great want the definition of "emergency" changes too easily. At the very least, keep one credit card, place it in a large bowl of water and place the bowl in the freezer. Next time you want to use your credit card, think deep about your needs, wants, and emergencies as you watch the ice melt.2. Create a zero-based spending plan. In other words, create a budget on paper that allocates every penny before it is actually spent. I've read advice that says to track what you spend for 30 days, then you'll know where it all goes, and then you are better able to create a budget. I disagree. It's a waste of time. I'll be doing more posts on this topic but essentially budgets are never set in stone. A personal budget is fluid and the bottom line changes from month to month. Create the budget first and work it for three months, that will give you an idea of what you're spending and create great habits for running the budget as you begin a debt snowball.3. Sell something and apply the money to step 4 or 5. This is not an official step in Dave Ramsey's plan even though he does suggest selling stuff. I am making it a step because is proves commitment and of course it creates cash. Most households have something that can be sold on ebay or in a garage sale. Also, what about the car you are making payments on (sorry, that might have stung)?4. Get current on all past due bills. Past due bills like utilities, phone, etc are vicious enemies of any debt snowball plan. In essence they are debts but they're probably small enough to catch up on in a month or two. If they would take longer than that then perhaps these past due bills need to be placed in the debt snowball plan (as the first items to get paid down).5. Save $1,000 for a savings account as fast as you can. This is Baby Step 1 in Dave Ramsey' s plan. This is a short term reserve so that you don't have to use a credit card. This may take a while but with the prior three steps in place first saving $1,000 will happen sooner than later. Sell more stuff to achieve this step.For my family this process took about two months but if you're starting totally from scratch it's plausible that it could take six months or even a year. We already had a zero based spending plan in place, we just needed to pay more attention to it. We cut up our credit cards two years prior as well. Oh, I also sold $1,500 worth of stuff on Craigslist for steps 4 and 5.The three years prior to starting our debt snowball plan I believed the only answer to our problems was to make more money. I decided to let go of that thought while my wife and I went through Financial Peace University in January 2008. I realized that the[...]



B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L

Tue, 09 Dec 2008 16:02:00 +0000

Two of the reasons I strive to be a better man! The women I am called to love, serve, and protect!!


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They were on their way to a Christmas concert.



Bailout For Me

Fri, 05 Dec 2008 12:53:00 +0000

First off I need to get my traffic back up so I figure a post using "Bailout" would get me placed back into some google searches. HA!

A good friend (he likes it when I call him good) told me yesterday that I need to adjust my debt snowball because I haven't factored in a bailout. With a bailout I'll be 100% debt free in a few months possibly. I think that is what he is hoping for for himself (he is also motivated more by trash talk than encouraging words.)

Another good friend a few weeks back made a comment to me that ironically, people who aren't paying off debt may end up being the ones who suffer the least while the US economy works through its current dismal state.

NO Bailout for me! NO Bailout for you! Create your own plan to get out of debt!



Debt Snowball / FPU Update

Thu, 04 Dec 2008 14:46:00 +0000

Before I get right back at it I probably should offer an excuse for my absence. I haven't posted at all since September 2nd and the last post on my family's progress on our debt snowball plan was June 26th. Really? Well things are always much more complex than a single answer so I don't have something as simple an as excuse like "I hate blogging". Rather, I've been focused on three areas: 1) Family, 2) Work, and 3) Sleep.Debt Snowball Progress February 29, 2008 December 4, 2008 Change Total Debt $182,890.00 $168,347.00 ($14,543.00) Mortgage $138,489.00 $136,440.00 ($2,049.00) Consumer $44,401.00 $31,907.00 ($12,494.00) Number of Debts 12 3 -9 On the consumer debt side of things we're down to two items, the second mortgage and a personal loan. The amount of the personal loan is $6,847 and we're applying over $1,000 per month to pay it down. I have a goal to get it paid off in April 2009 by finding some more money to throw at it. The money will come from budget cutting and a tax refund.After the personal loan is gone we'll have the second mortgage to content with. With the balance still at $25,000 we'll be working on paying it off over the next two years. Rather than applying our entire debt snowball payment to the second I'd like to take some of it and start on babystep three - cash savings to cover 3 to 6 months of expenses. With the economy the way it is I really feel the desire to have much more in savings. The great thing is, for the first time since deciding eight years ago to have my wife Carla be a full-time stay at home mother, we're finally in a spot to be able to save any money what so ever. I've made no decisions on this because all I care about right now is kicking that personal loan out of our house. I'm a tired of living with it.The plan is to keep working the plan. Keep working, keep giving, and keep shrinking debt.[...]



Tagged. Okay I'll Play.

Tue, 02 Sep 2008 10:44:00 +0000

Here's to a tag from Kelli.

10 Years Ago
New home. New Son. Selling investments and insurance. Shedding old skin (if you know what I mean.)

My To-Do List Today
1. Walk kids to school
2. Staff meeting
3. Teacher meeting
4. Make a to-do list
5. First cell group meeting


My Favorite Snack
- Healthy Snack: Oatmeal with tablespoon peanut butter
- Comfort Snack: Chips. Also, mostly anything with gooey chocolate. My wife's chocolate chips cookies are tops.

What I Would Do If I Were A Millionaire
- Finish out the Baby Steps
1. Finish Debt Snowball
2. Create 3-6 months cash reserve
3. Invest for retirement and college
4. Pay off house
5. Give, give, give. Invest in order to keep giving more.

Places I Have Lived
- Lindstrom, MN
- St. Paul, MN
- Duluth, MN
- Eagan, MN
- Hudson, WI

Tagged:
Jeff
Brandy
Scott



St. Michael Inline 1/2 Marathon Race Report

Sun, 17 Aug 2008 19:13:00 +0000

My goal was to finish the 13.1 miles in 45 minutes. I am very happy that I finished in 44 minutes and 18 seconds. My mile pace was 3:23 and that is just over 17 mph. This is the fasted I've skated all summer. I am actually quite surprised because at times I felt like I was going very slow during the race.

The weather was excellent. The course was really good...lots of tar snakes but as long as you keep your eyes on the road these can be avoided. I started out with a very fast pack. Just before the first turn around at 3 miles or so I thought my heart was going to explode it was racing so fast. I decided to drop off the group and calm things down a bit. I ended up skating to the next turn around all by myself but that was alright with me as it took me that long to slow my heart rate down.

I found another group to skate with for the last 6 miles. There was a group a head of us and behind us so I decided to see if I could push/pull the group to catch the pack in front of us. A few other skaters responded. This is where things got really fun.

With 4 miles left about eleven of us packed together and we really picked up the speed. Some times the backend of our group would have to split out to the left because we were going too fast for the whole. With 3 miles left I started planning on how I could break out in front and position myself for a sprint to the finish line. With a mile left and the finish line in sight I followed a skater out to the left of our group and said "Let's go" I turned to look behind me and said to the guy right behind me "C'mon let's hammer it to the finish." We broke off and then there were two lines screaming side by side. MAN! That was fun. I said to our group "We're bookin!!" Another guy behind me responded "No Sh#@, this is scary." It was the fastest I've gone on skates all year without the help of a big down hill.

With 100 yards left I decided to push off the group and go for it to the finish line and to try to beat these skaters. One guy came with me and I could feel him breathing down my neck. He literally was spitting for breath. There was 20 feet left to the finish line and I entered dream state - that slow motion running feeling. My facial muscles started to quiver and I knew I hit a wall. I've noticed this is what happens to me when my muscles are maxed, the right side of my face quivers. I just needed to stand up for another five feet and I would make the line. Right at the line the guy passed me. He finished at 44:17 and I was 44:18. The next 9 skaters in our group all finished from 44:19 to 44:27.

I placed middle of the road at 8th out of 16th in my age group. I really don't care because my overall goal was to beat 45 minutes and I did. It was a great event!



Hayward Inline Races Report

Sun, 10 Aug 2008 16:55:00 +0000

Did I really write that I would try to beat my personal best time? Was that me? Yes.Crossing the finish line yesterday at 1:52 was a stride forward toward humility. My first words to my joyful wife as she greeted me with a huge smile was "That was a (B- word)." Sorry Babe. I wish I would have had a smile too. What was I thinking....beating my personal best at HILLY Hayward? Yeah right!I've had some time to process things and I don't feel as bad about my time today. I learned the course was actually 27.4 miles, according to some other skater's GPS units. An extra 1.2 miles that added at least 4 minutes to my time. Also, the course was a bit different this year. Last year the main turn around was on a flat stretch but this year it was in the backwoods, as the rest of the course, and that just means more hills. I figure there was an extra 3-4 miles of hills added to the course. I heard the pros even comment at how much more difficult the course seemed this year (who by the way skated close to 41 miles in the 39 miles challenge!) The overall marathon winning time was close to a full 10 minutes longer than last year. So with this perspective I am not as disappointed. Nevertheless I keep learning how to get better. Hayward made me a better skater.I got dropped again by the initial group around 10 miles. Things were going great until that happened. Like St. Paul I found myself leading more pacelines. It is a lot of work. At the first water point I took the outside on a turn and another skater who had been drafting behind me took the inside and cut in front of me right before the water. I had to stop completely to avoid hitting her. By the time I got going again the group was a good 30 yards in front of me and pulling away. I tried and tried to catch them for at least two miles but I gave up. Earlier I had waited for a guy so I was waiting for him to return the favor. Nope. I skated alone for the rest of the race, another 10 miles or so by myself. I had some choice words for myself.One highlight was when I won a sprint prem. A prem is a race contest with in the larger race. There was a flat sprint of about 50 yards. They blow an air horn, if you can hear it, you are part of the prem. I was behind four other guys and I decided to go for it. I sprinted hard and passed the first guy right at the finish. It was really fun and I won a set of 90mm wheels!In spite of it being a slow day it was a great day! My wife was with me. She loved the experience and that made me happy. The weather was perfect and we made some new friends.Next weekend I skate a 1/2 marathon in St. Michael, Minnesota.[...]



Heading to Hayward For A Very Hilly Inline Marathon

Fri, 08 Aug 2008 15:03:00 +0000

I am leaving today about 3:30 to head up to Hayward, Wisconsin for my second year skating the Hayward Inline Marathon.

Last year I learned about this amazingly beautiful country course filled with big hills everywhere. I am filled with joy that my wife will be coming along for support (my great mother is taking all four of our children overnight...THANK YOU.)

My goal up until yesterday was to finish in 1:45. Yesterday I psyched myself out and changed my goal to 1:39 - I want to beat my personal best of 1:41 set last week at St. Paul. The weather is suppose to be perfect in Hayward and I am going to change a few things based on what I learned about myself last week. I still felt like I was holding back so this week when I feel like that I am going to push it. Also, I am actually a better skater on hills so I plan to use that to my advantage. Last year I didn't know what to expect, this year I will charge every hill.

I am excited as well to see what happens in my race class - which is actually based on weight, it's called Clydesdale and for skaters over 200lbs. I am 216 today. Last week I talked to the organizers and they thought there were only five registrants in Clydesdale. There are awards for the top three. I actually have my best chance to bring home some hardware, unless I skate against 200 lb pros.