Cycling & Off-Season
Fare Thee Well
40“Every year at season’s end, I evaluate what happened this year and thank God for it before deciding where He will lead me the next year.” Kim Morrow, Masters World Champion & Cycling Coach
A long season closes after – many peaks and valleys, straight and crooked roads, still and windy days, hot and chillin’ moments, old bases of support and new acquaintances, deepening experience and teachable times, predictions and surprises, goals missed and hopes met, defeats and yes some victories – some of them in the form of race wins.
Each year brings its set of troubles and triumphs. Whether it finishes on a low or a high note, we have songs of praise to sing. Be joyful now and carry the highest hopes for what’s ahead. Problems aside, just now we are thankful for what has come and what is.
An entire season of daily Prayers for the Peloton has now been blogged. To track the season and see some off-season notes, see Prayers: Table of Contents. Fare thee well my friends.
Ah, when to the heart of man
Was it ever less than a treason
To go with the drift of things,
To yield with a grace to reason,
And bow and accept the end
Of a love or a season? 41Robert Frost
42Praise Our God Above (Harvest Song)
Praise our God above, source of boundless love:
Spring wind, summer rain, then the harvest grain;
pearly rice and corn, fragrant autumn morn.
Though our work is hard, God gives us reward.
God’s care like a cloak wraps us humble folk,
makes all green things grow, ripens what we sow.
Through God we are strong; sing our harvest song.
Sing praise, field and flower, praise God’s mighty power
Praise for Racing Season
“God! Let people thank and enjoy you.
Let all people thank and enjoy you.
Earth, display your exuberance!
You mark us with blessing, O God, our God.” 43Psalm 67:5-6
We are glad for another year of competitive cycling. We are grateful for all the people in the cycling community that participate, orchestrate, and watch bike racing. Thanks for another year of health, fitness, and joy. Even the suffering has brought good rewards. Even our pains have led to blessings and we count those now.
Ponder What am I most thankful for this past racing season? Affirm I am so glad for — this year! Watch and carry these blessings into your next season of cycling and life.
40Conversations with Kim Morrow. Kim’s website is www.elitefitcoach.com
41An excerpt from the poem, Reluctance by Robert Frost
422061. Praise Our God Above (Harvest Song) Text: Tzu-chen Chao; trans. by Frank W. Price, alt. (Deut. 8:1-3, 6-10; Matt.6:25-33) Music: Confucian Dacheng Chant; arr. by W.H. Wong Tune: HSUANPING, Meter: 55.55 D. This tune can be heard on ww.hymnsite.com
43The Message, Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson