Another great day cross country skiing. Delightful.
Initially, when we clicked into those skis, we were wobbly and inevitably, both of us performed an awkward and humorous fall but eventually, we got into the rhythm. I noticed that Chris was breathing hard but all that summer cycling over the past few years has given me a strong heart and I was feeling pretty good. Chris gave the experience a 7/10 with the expectation that with time and a greater aerobic capacity, that number would get higher but I gave it a 12/10 – I loved every minute of it.
In fact, I wanted to find a hill.
I’ve always been a hill seeker…but it’s not going down the hill that gets me excited – it’s climbing up. I love the challenge of going up hill.
When I’m cycling, I’m hesitant to take down hills quickly because I’ve had a couple of extremely painful crashes. Cycling on the flats can get a bit monotonous but standing up on the bike and peddling hard to the top of the hills? Now, THAT’S what I love to do. I know – it’s a bit strange. I suppose it comes from the intense, disciplined and goal-oriented training I did for so many years as a competitive gymnast. I get such satisfaction when I’m challenging myself physically.
It’s funny to watch Chris and I cycle together. He loves to fly down the hills but I take the down hill cycling slowly so he passes me. We ride pretty much the same speed on the flat but when the hills come, that’s where I leave a cloud of dust behind me as I whiz past Chris and peddle to the top. We arrive home around the same time!
In many ways, I feel like I’ve been climbing up hills all my life.
It’s the climbing that has made me a stronger person. I’m not afraid of the hills. I don’t avoid them. Life has seldom gone the way I’ve wanted or planned but God has given me the capacity to persevere, to grow in resilience and to trust Him with whatever is on the other side of the hill.
No question, I’m a hill seeker.
MAKE A MOMENT TO MUSE
- What part of cycling do you enjoy most? Going up hill, downhill or on the flats?
- Would you consider yourself a resilient person? If so, in what way?
- What has life felt like most of the time for you? Up hill, down hill or cruising on the flats?
speak truth: Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10.23