Latest Sunset of the year this week, 8:31pm for Staunton State Park.
We had a fun time last week at Centennial Cone (pictured), stopped raining right at 6 but was a hard push to get the full loop in before dark. Centennial Cone is a great ride no debate there, but with sixteen miles and 2500ft of climbing not conducive for fellowship for an after-work ride. Looking for feedback on keeping this on the regular rotation.
Staunton State Park this week, Trails like Buffalo Creek, fun with a mix of climbing, downhill and technical fun. Need state Park pass or $10 for parking. Park at the lower lot that is the first right past the visitor center
For many weeks we’ve discussed the new wheels I (Doug) bought for my XC bike. Once I received the wheels, I had to decide what tires to put on them. There are so many tires out there, and then so many tires even with a brand. I am a fan of Maxxis tires and since the tires were going on my XC bike I wanted something with lower rolling resistance. The latest and greatest XC tires continue to get wider - up to 2.4, but I still like the Maxxis Ardent up front for traction, and the Maxxis Ikon in the rear (which has extraordinarily little traction but is super light and rolls fast). I had a set of these tires on my cracked wheels. So, the question was, new wheels and new tires, or move over the old tires to the new wheels? I opted for the latter because they had plenty of life left (or plenty of life for me). However, the life of a tire really depends on two things: (1) tolerance of the rider; or (2) failure point of the tire.
On the weekly ride last week Dave mentioned (and posted early in the week) the beauty of new tires - the traction they give vs waiting too long to install resulting a failure on the trail. If, however, we knew the exact point the tire would fail or fail to the point we no longer desire to ride it, we would change it prior to that ride.
It got me thinking about application two things to our lives in Christ - waiting too long and gaining traction.
In terms of preparation and preparing for the Lord, consider Matthew 24:42-44: “42 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”
Mark 13:32-37 “32 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Be on guard! Be alert[e]! You do not know when that time will come. 34 It’s like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with their assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch. Therefore, keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back—whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. 36 If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. 37 What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’”
These verses remind us we should prepare ourselves for the Lord’s return. That means when we accept Christ we turn to the center and try to avoid sin. We do continue to live in a broker world that is in an “already, but not yet” state - meaning Christ rules now but has not fully established his kingdom on earth until he returns. However, as the king that we turn to, we live our lives focused on him - we turn to the hub (God) and are connected to God through the spoke (Christ). We should not procrastinate - I’ll accept Christ later. If we push off accepting Christ, it might be too late if he returns, and we are not prepared or having accepted him.
It is like neglecting our tires - we aren’t prepared for it to fail, but we know it is getting bad. So, we just go about our riding until that day we are in the backcountry, far from the trailhead and the tire fails. Not only does it fail, but it fails to the point that it cannot be repaired. As a result, you spend the rest of the day hiking in mountain bike shoes, carrying a bike, back to the trailhead. In other words, you are experiencing a little bit of personal hell. However, a little inspection of your tire, and preparation to replace it by having tires on hand can go a long way and keep you enjoying your ride. Accepting Christ now, and preparing our heart, mind, and soul, will be worth an eternity for when Christ returns.
New tires also give you traction. Often you might feel yourself sliding around on worn out tires - going into a corner and you slide, or your front end doesn’t grip, and you go down. Similarly, we need to gain traction in our walk with Christ. We need to be moving closer to the hub and working our way toward God. In mountain biking we gain more traction by replacing our tires and adjusting our tire pressure.
In our life with Christ we can gain traction and move toward God in several ways, such as: (1) Reading the Word of God - meditating on it and spending time in it; (2) Praying - spend time talking and listening to God; (3) Practicing spiritual disciplines to get our heart and mind set right with God; (4) Walking with others that are in the body of Christ - trying to sharpen each other and strengthen each other in Christ; and (5) Finding ways to connect with God - for some that is through music, for others, like me, that is in nature. When we find those places, we stop, recognize it, praise God, and spend time with God in those connection points.
This Week's Ride (Full Schedule)
When: Thursday, 7/1, 6pm
Where: Staunton State Park
Directions: 12102 S Elk Creek Rd, Pine, CO 80470
Reminder we park at the lower lot that is the first right past the visitor center. That way we can finish on all the last downhill. Let's make a pass though the upper lot if people go to the wrong place.
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Waiver: Mountain biking can result in injury. By attending this ride you acknowledge the risk as stated in the group waiver