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I recently wrote my 2010 review, so I guess it’s time to talk about major plans & goals for 2011…

Spiritual/Faith
I have to admit I’ve never read the Bible in it’s entirety. All the New Testament and portions of the Old Testament, but there are certainly significant portions of the Old Testament I haven’t read. So one of my goals is to read the entire Bible (meaning the 66 books of the Proterstant canon).
I’ve gotten to where I really like going on mission trips. I’m not 100 percent sure, but right now I’d like to get back to Egypt. In light of recent events there I really want to make it back over there and see my friends and encourage them.

Relationship
As I mentioned in another post, I am dating someone. It is an incredible experience – exciting and happy, yet humbling and not without its challenges at the same time. I pray often that God will continue to mold me into the man He wants me to be and the man she needs me to be. I don’t know where it will all lead, but I hope somewhere amazing. And I continue to thank God for her prescence in my life!

Training/Races
Here’s where you may think I’ve lost my mind. I’ve decided that in 2011 I will train for and race an iron-distance triathlon. Yes, 140.6 miles – that’s 2.4 miles swimming, 112 miles biking, and then 26.2 miles running (a marathon) – all in one day (actually 17 hours or less). I’ve done some arguably crazy things, but this definitely takes the cake. I’m expecting my training load to average between 10-15 hours per week. I’ll try to blog about it, so you can follow the journey. So mark your calendars for October 29th, 2011 – the day I hope to become an “Ironman” at the Beach2Battleship Triathlon.

So those are my goals. I’d appreciate your encouragement and prayers this year.

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Well, it’s mid-February which seems like a little late to do a review of the prior year, but I’ve been busy with other stuff and I’ve been a bit lazy about blogging. So, here it finally is:

2010 Training/Races

  • Miles run: about 857
  • Miles biked: about 600
  • Spin bike sessions: 10
  • Yards swam: about 53,500 (over 30 miles)
  • Races completed: Houston Marathon, Austin Marathon, Rodeo Run 10K, Hog’s Hunt 50K, Big Sur International Marathon, Tejas Triathlon (Sprint), Vineman Ironman 70.3, Rocky Raccoon 25K (more…)

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Wow, what a year or so it’s been. My birthday is coming up soon and that tends to move me to reflection, especially after this past year or so. In the past 12-18 months or so I have:

  • Led a very fulfilling mission trip, then left the church that was with to join a different church.
  • After joining that church (which I still love) and being greatly blessed by the preaching of our gifted senior pastor, seen him follow God’s call to a new ministry opportunity.
  • Taken the leap of faith to finally sign up for a triathlon, then got in a bicycle accident and broken my hand.
  • Set two new personal records for race distances completed (a 50km/31mile ultramarathon and a 70.3 mile triathlon), and set two new personal worst times for marathons.
  • Experienced the let down of finishing difficult races with no one there to greet you afterwards, and the high of getting to see friends afterwards (particularly Austin, and most special to me – the Vineman 70.3).
  • Said goodbye to old friends that moved away from Houston, and tried to make new friends at my new church.
  • And welcomed two beautiful baby girls into this world (daughters of two couples who are like family to me), then laid to rest one of my closest friends.

Like I said, what a year. It’s easy in those circumstances to get down at times, and I certainly have. It’s easy to be mad at God, and I’ve had those moments too. And it’s easy to feel like life just might be pointless or to lose faith, and I even had a few of those moments. But somehow, when everything is said and done, while my faith may have been shaken it has not been broken. Instead it has been strengthened. I’m more convinced in my heart and soul that God is in control, even when it seems like our world is spinning out of control. I can’t really explain it, or even take any credit for it, but simply say “Praise God for working through these events to change me.”

So, what’s next? Well I hesistate to claim I have much if any idea of what God may have in store for me, but in the next 12-18 months I’ll be going on a mission trip to El Salvador, and I’m planning on a series of races including a 25km trail run, a marathon, a 70.3 triathlon, an iron-distance aquabike (swim, bike – no run), and a 140.6 (iron-distance) triathlon. Is it a little nuts? Probably. But why not give it a shot.

Pray for me!!! 🙂

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