Archive for January, 2007

I’m glad I do not live in Colorado or somewhere where it’s cold all the time, because I could not take it. Hopefully we will have a warm February and March so I can get some miles under my belt and reel off a couple of century rides. I don’t feel like I’m getting a lot accomplished by riding in one spot for an hour. B-O-R-I-N-G. Taylor has been on green light at school for 50 straight days. I’m so lucky to have one well behaved child. I wish I could say the same for Logan, but I believe today is his 50th straight day on red light. He tends to stay in trouble and talk back to his teachers a lot. No matter how many times we get on to him and discipline him, nothing seems to work. Maybe, just maybe he will settle down and start acting like his brother. I doubt it though.

 I’m going to end tonights journal entry with my favorite bible passage, it came to me one night while I was sitting in Room 452 of Four Tower in Childrens Hospital. It was one of the first nights we were at the hospital after Taylor was diagnosed. I asked God for advice and assistance, then picked up the bible, and God picked this page for my bible to open to. If you really read the words, you can relate and find symbolism in the words to that of a cancer patient and their fight with what is going on inside their body and outside…

Psalm 22: 

1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
       Why are you so far from saving me,
       so far from the words of my groaning?

 2 O my God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer,
       by night, and am not silent.

 3 Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One;
       you are the praise of Israel.

 4 In you our fathers put their trust;
       they trusted and you delivered them.

 5 They cried to you and were saved;
       in you they trusted and were not disappointed.

 6 But I am a worm and not a man,
       scorned by men and despised by the people.

 7 All who see me mock me;
       they hurl insults, shaking their heads:

 8 “He trusts in the LORD;
       let the LORD rescue him.
       Let him deliver him,
       since he delights in him.”

 9 Yet you brought me out of the womb;
       you made me trust in you
       even at my mother’s breast.

 10 From birth I was cast upon you;
       from my mother’s womb you have been my God.

 11 Do not be far from me,
       for trouble is near
       and there is no one to help.

 12 Many bulls surround me;
       strong bulls of Bashan encircle me.

 13 Roaring lions tearing their prey
       open their mouths wide against me.

 14 I am poured out like water,
       and all my bones are out of joint.
       My heart has turned to wax;
       it has melted away within me.

 15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd,
       and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth;
       you lay me in the dust of death.

 16 Dogs have surrounded me;
       a band of evil men has encircled me,
       they have pierced my hands and my feet.

 17 I can count all my bones;
       people stare and gloat over me.

 18 They divide my garments among them
       and cast lots for my clothing.

 19 But you, O LORD, be not far off;
       O my Strength, come quickly to help me.

 20 Deliver my life from the sword,
       my precious life from the power of the dogs.

 21 Rescue me from the mouth of the lions;
       save me from the horns of the wild oxen.

 22 I will declare your name to my brothers;
       in the congregation I will praise you.

 23 You who fear the LORD, praise him!
       All you descendants of Jacob, honor him!
       Revere him, all you descendants of Israel!

 24 For he has not despised or disdained
       the suffering of the afflicted one;
       he has not hidden his face from him
       but has listened to his cry for help.

 25 From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly;
       before those who fear you will I fulfill my vows.

 26 The poor will eat and be satisfied;
       they who seek the LORD will praise him—
       may your hearts live forever!

 27 All the ends of the earth
       will remember and turn to the LORD,
       and all the families of the nations
       will bow down before him,

 28 for dominion belongs to the LORD
       and he rules over the nations.

 29 All the rich of the earth will feast and worship;
       all who go down to the dust will kneel before him—
       those who cannot keep themselves alive.

 30 Posterity will serve him;
       future generations will be told about the Lord.

 31 They will proclaim his righteousness
       to a people yet unborn—
       for he has done it.

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I rode 30 minutes last night and plan another 30 to 45 minutes tonight. I’ll be glad when the weather gets better so that I can take my ride outside!

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I was doing so good last week. I had started a diet to help speed up the training process and was doing really well. I started on Monday, and by Saturday morning, I had lost 8 pounds. I had a relapse Saturday. I guess you can say I fell in to peer pressure. I’m on the Low Carb Diet, and we went to eat at a new Mexican place and I just could not resist tacos and salsa. But, I figure since this diet also contains a lot, and I mean a lot, of of exercising on my bike, I figure it’s ok to get off one day out of the week! I didn’t get a chance to ride my bike last night, so I belive I’m going to ride it for 1 hour today, indoors of course because it is COLD outside. Taylor lost his first actually tooth yesterday. We don’t count the two that were pulled at the young age of 2 since the chemotherapy caused that and the doctors pulled those two and capped the rest in silver. He is pretty stoked. That silver coating also paid off! Evidently the tooth fairy pays a hefty premium for silver teeth, because she left $21.00 under the pillow. Of course the grand parent tooth fairy partly was responsible with chipping in $20.00. I can remember getting a quarter for my tooth. My have times have changed! :) I’ll update later once I have rode on the trainer…

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Easier and easier, of course I’m only riding 30 minutes at a time. I can’t imagine riding for 12 hours. Sometimes you have to push yourself to see how far you can go.

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I’m starting to feel a little bit better each time I ride. If I can just get my butt into shape. Last night I only rode 12 minutes but I wasn’t feeling too good. Tonight after hitting the 30 minute mark, I felt like I could have rode another 30 minutes, but did not want to push myself to far to soon. I feel my leg strength increasing each time I ride, I just can’t wait for my butt strength to also increase. You would think they could devise a better seat that would be more user friendly! Taylor’s 6th birthday has come and past with much celebration. He is growing more and more each day, and each day he does, we are truly blessed. He got a new computer for his birthday and I tell you, he is going to be a computer wiz before it’s said and done. He can already navigate to his favorite web page, and now he has just learned how to open Microsoft Word, change the font size and type and then type his name and other words he copies from around the room. He has his cd player blasting Redneck Yacht Club while he is typing. More training, later on!

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All dressed up!

 

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Happy Birthday Taylor!

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Another night has passed, and I’ve decided to rest tonight in hopes of riding 10-15 miles tomorrow. We are also going to Taylor’s school to have lunch with him on his Birthday. I can’t believe he is turning 6 years old! Happy Birthday Taylor!

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I’m trying to ride a little further each night on the trainer. I increased by 8 minutes tonight over last night. I feel I’m making some progress. I tell you though, I think it would be better just to remove the seat and sit on that bar, because I don’t think there is much difference! Maybe if that damn thing was a little wider. :) I’m accepting ideas if anyone has any! Later, I’m going to ice my, my, my, well, the rest is still unwritten….

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It gets king of boring just staring at the wall for 11 minutes. I thought I would take a short break and write some things down. It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating Taylor joining us in this world and making us a family. Just 19 short months after that, he was fighting for his life. God is good, and here we sit today watching him prepare to turn 6 years old on Friday and worrying about such things as school, which friends to invite to his birthday party, and what place he finishes in his PSP Cars video game (which I must admit, he is pretty darn good for a 5 year old). God of love watching him enjoy life. No child should have to worry or fight childhood cancer, yet right this very minute, a family is learning the words childhood cancer, and chemotherapy. I pray for the day infants can take a “cancer” vaccine and not have to every worry about fighting such a horrible disease. God willing…

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