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Everest Challenge Cycling Event 2009

Everest Challenge Bike Race Event
About six months ago I took up road bicycling to be my exercise of choice. It has been a fun way to get in shape and compete a little bit with myself and eventually in the old man racing scene. I keep pushing and making some progress that is motivating on a daily basis. I get up at 4:30 AM to ride and currently average 150- 200 miles a week. I'm not sure where it’s heading at this point but I do like it. I like looking for ways to keep it interesting.
A couple of weeks ago I received an email from the Brumby’s (a local riding group) communication channel that another rider was looking for travel mates for a trip to California to do a bike race and a week of Mountain bike riding in the Sierras. In my wild imaginings I thought why not.
Everything would have been fine except that Betty had already planned a trip to Seattle for a quilting convention the following week end and expected me to be home. I had hoped to do a race or two before the Tour de Tuc…

The Five Stages of Decline- JIm Collins

This is Jim Collins’s summary of his 5 stages of decline. These stages can cause both personal and professional decline and must be recognized before its too late. Unfortunately, to paraphrase Socrates, the examined life is extremely rare and most people do not take the time to study the scoreboard of life. Here is your opportunity to study Collin’s list and see which area you can improve. STAGE 1: HUBRIS BORN OF SUCCESS Great enterprises can become insulated by success; accumulated momentum can carry an enterprise forward for a while, even if its leaders make poor decisions or lose discipline. Stage 1 kicks in when people become arrogant, regarding success virtually as an entitlement, and they lose sight of the true underlying factors that created success in the first place. When the rhetoric of success (“We’re successful because we do these specific things”) replaces penetrating understanding and insight (“We’re successful because we understand why we do these specific things and unde…

Truth is The Fundamental Existence of All Things

As we chart our course through life we must keep in mind that truth is the the fundamental existence of all things. We are truth.  
Our life becomes a living truth no matter how we act.  It has been described in phrases such as "I am that I am" or "I think therefore I am". The fact is that we are actual beings and we are acting out our desires.  

The elemental unchanging facts of existence rolled into everything that is seen or unseen, temporary or eternal, this is our opportunity to search and learn what we can.

In the process of learning truth we theorize, but theory is not truth. Just because we think does not make our thoughts harmonious with the supremacy of eternal truth. If we choose to become or remain an island in our own opinions, truth from outside sources will elude us.

If and when we recognize that even though as individuals we seem to each be a micro-cog, we are in an eternal round of truth. We are the reason for this creation, it is not a random act.

I…

Becoming Better-The Goal Of Life

March 11, 2015

The other morning my 17 year old son said. ”The new boats came out today”.  He likes to wakeboard and surf with friends and family that have boats.  I loved water skiing when I was his age and for many decades after. I thought that is great, what is the difference between the new boat and the old boat?  We don’t have a boat nor do we plan on getting one.   So I wasn’t sure why he mentioned it. He told me some of the differences and what you could buy for 100K plus. 

Out of curiosity I am also reading his psychology class book with him as he begins his senior year.  I am being reminded of what I had learned and forgotten from my earlier years.  The wonder of how neurons are stimulated and electrochemical connections of dumping into the synaptic cleft cause us to move.  If we could only behold the full wonder of our brain and the way it houses our mind.
My thoughts went back to my personal experience with new and better things.  My first brand new car was a 1986 Mercury Sabl…

Jim Rohn on Success and Failure

From Success http://www.success.com/article/rohn-the-formula-for-success-and-failure


Failure is not a single, cataclysmic event. We do not fail overnight. Failure is the inevitable result of an accumulation of poor thinking and poor choices. To put it more simply, failure is nothing more than a few errors in judgment repeated every day. Now why would someone make an error in judgment and then be so foolish as to repeat it every day? The answer is because he or she does not think that it matters. On their own, our daily acts do not seem that important. A minor oversight, a poor decision, or a wasted hour generally doesn't result in an instant and measurable impact. More often than not, we escape from any immediate consequences of our deeds. If we have not bothered to read a single book in the past 90 days, this lack of discipline does not seem to have any immediate impact on our lives. And since nothing drastic happened to us after the first ninety days, we repeat this error in judgmen…

Decisions Determine Destiny-The Power of Vision

I like having a short "power statement" as a daily trigger to remember and focus my goals and ambitions. Statements like "just do it" and "decisions determine destiny" and others can have a strong impact on us if we allow them to become more than superficial statements. Sometimes it can be the push to get out of bed and do things you may not necessarily feel like doing. Until certain things become habits there will be a struggle to implement them and it is a battle you have to engage every day until you have mastered them.

The backpack trip picture was taken in 2004. (See my Facebook page Charlie Brown) 
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As you can see there is a good spread in the ages of my kids. Do you know when I decided to take that trip? I decided to take it in 1972. Sounds crazy doesn't it. How could I decide 32 years ahead of an event that by appearance sake I would not have much control over. Sometimes I have wondered why I wasn't…