Archive for August, 2011

Cycling & Answered Prayer

Posted in Victory Lap on August 19, 2011 by bethleasure

Faithful Responses

29“And then, as if God himself had answered my prayers, the most amazing spectacle of the 21st century occurred right before my scrappy little eyes: One of the ladies dropped her chain.”   Race Report

Me and Mr. Wonderful

Some prayers answered for you became challenges for another. In a harmonious cycle, our challenges persuade us to pray while answered prayers lead to praise!

It’s been a long season in my prayerful life. In an earlier blog about cycling and romance, I posted that I held hope out for that one special guy to share life and cycling. This was after YEARS of a lot of wrong turns, getting dropped, and separations to be solo – to put it in race terms. About the time I was at peace with spinsterhood and planning my little cottage near family, I told God if He wanted me to be with someone He was going to be the one Who arranged it as I was tired of being my own marital Directeur Sportif.

Literally the next day, I went out for the usual lunchtime ride and at the first crossroads, a place I’d ridden through millions of times, awaited Mr. Wonderful on a Specialized. We’ve been riding together ever since, and in a few days we will go tandem for life by marrying up. Prayers do get answered.

Daily time set-aside for inspiration and spiritual growth yield great rewards. Think of those rewards, areas of renewed hope, restored faith, and growing awareness of God. Remember answered prayers. Discover what’s gained in petitioning – greater God awareness. We push pedals, and sometimes we must PUSH spiritually: Pray Until Something Happens. Another cycling advisor has come into your life who listens – God Almighty!

God’s so good, he hears our cry.
He knows our needs before we sigh.
He takes our load, and gives us hope
because he loves us so.
When we pray both night and day,
he’s always there to share our cares.
and give advice if we but ask
because he loves us so.
30Praise Song

31In the Garden

He speaks, and the sound of His voice,
Is so sweet the birds hush their singing,
And the melody that He gave to me
Within my heart is ringing

And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.

Praise for Answered Prayers

 “…many people will give thanks for the blessings we receive in answer to all these prayers.” 322 Corinthians 1:11

We acknowledge our answered prayers and give thanks!

Ponder What prayers were answered in unexpected ways that turned out even better than imagined? Affirm I will keep praying and praising! Watch for a closer walk with God through the act of prayer, as well as all your needs met and some of your wants.



29“Race Reports: Jessi Prinner Reports from Hillsboro-Roubaix,” posted April 2, 2008

30Let God Be Good To You by Lenny Smith and Elton Smith Copyright © 1997 New Jerusalem Music

31In the Garden words & music by C. Aus­tin Miles, 1912

32The Bible, Contemporary English Version Copyright © 1995 by American Bible Society

Eight Years for a Day: Olympic Cycling

Posted in Summer Carnival on August 1, 2011 by bethleasure

13It’s the most amazing day of my life. I’ve been working for this for the last eight years, especially the last four, and to time everything right on one day is an accomplishment of its own.” Kristin Armstrong, Time Trial Olympic Gold

Olympic Day, Wedding Day, child's birthday - lots of big days in life


What a day it is to peak correctly! Olympic cycling comes only every four years, but the preparation for an Olympic goal occurs every day years in advance. Eight-year physiological planning is considered the gold standard for Olympic competitiveness. Based on this idea and a national team program that is medal-driven, American women have medaled in the past three Olympic time trials. This is the height of honor in female road racing. Whatever struggles were encountered, all pale in comparison to the shimmer of metal on this special day.

Yet living out the countless minutes of training, discipline, sacrifices in lifestyle, travel schedule, race rigors, saying no to over-commitment and yes to isolation and even to boredom at times is all part of what it takes to slip that circular medallion around your neck. It is hardly the high-life enduring hours of racing in the rain, training in
the cold, skipping dessert, keeping farmer’s hours, honing the craftsmanship of
the sport and refining psychology, emotions, and character for excellence.

It takes a team of experts who work well together and who remain focused on the same goal over a long period of time. Even in the time trial, a team is necessary to assist with preparation and competition. For the road race, this becomes crucial and more often than not, the winner comes from a team dedicated as a unit.

To have a great day for one day on the right day is such an achievement. It requires many days of consistent, sustained excellence at a cost in energy, time, resources, and decision-making. Really that one great day is thousands of excellent days. It takes a gatekeeper to win – someone willing to shut the door on distraction and open it to the right focus.

Prayer for Olympic Cycling

“A single day in your courts is better than a thousand anywhere else!  I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God than live the good life in the homes of the wicked.” 14Proverbs 84:10

We are grateful for the Olympic Games –a celebration of universal unity through the community of sport. We ask blessing on Olympic cycling and all those preparing for it.

Ponder What am I willing to do for a single day of greatness? Affirm I do more than envy an Olympian. I am dedicated like one every day. Watch your days of excellence lead to a day of celebration!



13“Armstrong wins time trial gold,” posted August 12,  2008 on

14Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996, 2004 Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois  60189