Back-to-back

Remember when I volunteered for the Big Kahuna Tri? I gained much respect for the triathletes, and I decided to do a workout that they might do during their training.

Back-to-back, 45 minutes on the spin bike and 45 minutes on the treadmill.

I had an ipod shuffle, and used to songs to do my own little spin workout (which actually ended up being as hard as a spin class!). On certain songs, I climbed up hills, and other ones, I did speedwork. Both were freaking hard, and I left a nice puddle under the bike afterwards.

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^Yes. I have big feet, and a giant phone (well, the Otter box makes it way bigger).

So anyways, I know during a tri, you can’t just dillydally… you have to be quick and efficient during the transitions! But I was not in the race… so I stretched a little, walked over to a treadmill, and got going on my run portion.

Holy crap… I never realized how hard it was to run after a hard spin sesh. I tried to keep the pace faster than 7.5 mph (8:00 min pace). Well, I did 5 miles in 39:30, and then I slowed the pace until I hit 45 minutes. Total: 5.68 miles. 

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So… yeah. I know you can’t tell, but my tank and my shorts were SOAKED, and I was freaking tired. I was laying down with my feet elevated on that wall (almost perpendicular to the floor) for about five minutes. Felt much better.

Oh, yeah. I jogged one mile to the gym, and walked another mile back. I kind of love having a five-hour break between my morning and afternoon class 🙂

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What I’m learning from Mother Teresa’s book, No Greater Love:

“Sometimes the rich seem very willing to share in their own way, but it is a pity that they never give to the point of feeling that they are in need.”

“Have you ever experienced the joy of giving? I do not want you to give to me from your abundance… I want you to give of yourself. The love you put into the giving is the most important thing. I don’t want people donating just to get rid of something… I also don’t want you to give me what you have left over. I want you to give from your want until you really feel it!”

Strong words from an incredible woman. in her chapter “On Giving”, I found many challenges that could be applied to my Christian walk.

[Well… even though I say “challenges”, it’s actually how we’re all supposed to be living. Imagine how different the world would be if all of the people who claimed to be Christians actually lived/walked/talked like Jesus Christ. But no… most of us just want God in our lives to protect us from harm and to save us from hell… but this is a whole ‘nother topic!]

Do we give out of our abundance? Do we give our leftovers (whether it be monies or time)? Do we give only enough so that we can still live in comfort? Do we “donate” only our old/unwanted clothes? Most likely, the answer is “yes” for all of the questions.

Okay… it’s not to say that it’s BAD if you give your old/unwanted clothes to Goodwill/Salvation Army/other… but there is apparently JOY that can be found in giving…. giving until it hurts. And giving does not have to be physical objects.

Give of yourself, and show kindness to people. Mother Teresa says, “Kindness has converted more people than zeal, science, or eloquence. Holiness grows so fast where there is kindness. The world is lost for want of sweetness and kindness. Do not forget we need each other.”

Be kind to those who never seem to be shown kindness… like the homeless on the streets, the socially awkward person in your school/work, the outcast, etc. Be sweet to those who are often mistreated/ignored. It’s usually not easy, but imagine that it is Jesus.

…’Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ Matthew 25: 34-36

Sure, you might not get to invite strangers in or clothe naked people all the time, but you can definitely be kind to people who are lonely. Hang out with them, buy them lunch/snack/coffee (but don’t do it only for people who will eventually return the favor and buy YOU lunch/snack/coffee).

These are the challenges that God has set before me today. GIVE until it hurts… and don’t expect anything in return. If that sounds hard, I just need to see Jesus in everyone I meet.

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Let’s spread some encouragement… who is the most giving person you know?

Do you regularly do back-to-back workouts? 

Are you a heavy sweat-er? [I am. I make it rain, son].

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