Phil, Shackleton, Churchill and The Ride

Today, Phil Baker spoke at our church, and delivered a great message about Words. Small words and Big Words and the importance of having Big Words in our life like Joy, God & People. Phil Baker is the pastor of Riverview Church in Australia. Their web site seems to be under a major re-vamp so perhaps you should check back later. They’ve also been reviewed by ABC

Phil mentioned his blog so I checked it out for a bit this afternoon before taking a bike ride. My son Scott purchased a couple of Phil’s CDs on building business leadership, Shackleton – a leadership legacy, and Winston Churchill – a study in greatness. Shirley bought a book, which I’ll get to later.

So, before the ride I burned Phil’s CDs onto a CD-RW disc in MP3 format and loaded up Scott’s Guru Flight road bike into the van and headed of for a road ride. I went out Henderson and I was thinking about a spin out to Lockport and back, a popular road ride. Just before setting out I noticed that the temperature was dropping. It was about 10C and at the last minute I decided to throw on the jacket over to of two jerseys. Good choice! There was a very strong headwind from the north and it was cool. After slugging out the headwind for 15km, I wimped out and new that Lockport was just too far away for today’s ride and turned around. The wind noise on the first 15km was so loud that it made it quite hard to hear the CD, hence I’m re-listening to it now. Good Stuff! It’s quite interesting since I recently saw the IMAX production about Shackleton. It’s quite a remarkable story.

The 15km back was uneventful and much easier riding. Going out was about 28km/h and coming back was 35+km/h. I’m a little zapped after yesterday’s 32km ride and the Bowflex workouts, so It will be an early night tonight.

[Listening to: Track 04 – Phil Baker – Shackleton (2:54)]

7th time lucky?

Whether it’s luck or skill Lance certainly has a lot on the line as he prepares to go for the 7th straight win in the Tour de France. With announcing his retirement after this years Tour, he’s planning on going out at the top of his game. I’ll certainly be pulling for him to win as it would be an incredible achievement. Six wins are already incredible, but I think a loss on number seven would cause most people only to remember the loss and not the fantastic record that’s already achieved. We tend to have such short memories and a focus for the negative. No matter what happens it will be one exciting Tour

Prairie Mountain

I went biking yesterday and had a great ride of about 32km. With the river levels up most of the local trails in the city are under water and here in Winnipeg it’s pretty flat on the roads. However, with a 40+ kph: wind you can really get a workout when you’re riding into it! This is something I refer to as a “Prairie Mountain”. It may be flat, but a long hall into a stiff headwind can seem just as hard as climbing a mountain trail.

It was also a good day for flying a kite. Some people even tried flying a kite while riding a bike. Kiteboarding becomes Kitebiking!

Life is a Beach

Scott took this picture last year on our dock at Lake of the Woods. It really captures the way I feel about the lake and lake life. Nothing is a problem at the lake, and I’m looking forward to getting back there soon. Actually, most days I’d rather be at the lake. Posted by Hello


Just investigating the w.bloggar tool to see what sort of thinks it can do. Basically, because I’m a WYSIWYG kind of guy and reluctant to get down into the HTML code etc. This stuff needs to be easy to do. Life has enough challenges without remembering stuff you don’t really need to know. You know, simple things like a spell checker are nice to have, especially for us 6 finger typers.

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