Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Oregon ManDate

Nope, this is not some special legislative motion from Oregon, just a couple old friends blessed with the opportunity to get together for some hang time and climbing.  My 2 tent mates from Denali ( Kristian and Will) as well as another teammate- Craig decided we would all descend on Will's place in Corvallis Oregon.  Our hopeful endeavor was to climb Mount Hood...The Lord had different plans for that idea, but we had a grand time seeing the sights of the Oregon Coast (Devil's Cauldron), climbing(hiking) the Columbia River Gorge, and seeing some absolutely spectacular water falls...not to mention some great food and conversation. Thanks alot guys for the great time and company.  Hopefully, Lord willing, we will try and get up Hood next year. Here is a link to some more pics from the trip! Below is a link to other pics from our trip. 

Saturday, May 14, 2011

What's Up?

well, Lord willing- about 11,000 feet is up; Yep, I bet many of those few who actually check out my blog were wondering if I was even keeping it active...To tell u the truth, "active" is the key word there, things have been quite "active" lately.  Life has been overwhelmingly busy with family, work, church, teaching, etc...The Lord has blessed me with many opportunites to be stretched and grown beyond what I thought possible...and as I stumble through that process, even with a few bruised knees and scuff marks- I'm ever looking upward...
So, what's going on...what does Pearce mean about "11,000 feet"?...In one day and 16 hours from when I start writing this post, I will be tackling my first century ride/road race- "The Assault on Mount Mitchell" check it out here The Assaults

With the business of life, it has been quite a challenge to prepare for this 2- wheeled journey uphill.  While much of life is a balancing act for everyone, I have been challenged by a scripture verse which has helped me keep it in perspective.  1 Timothy 4: 8- "for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come."

I pray that the balance has been well assembled and that despite the anticipated rain-  I will make a good showing this coming Monday.  If you are coming out to watch or want to follow the results online...My bib number is "1020". Recently, the past few months have been spent reading my bible or answering phone calls to the ICU while sitting on my spinner in the basement....Sometimes, I would race old re-runs of Lance Armstrong on my TV ( he usually wins)....This race will be quite an undertaking so I invite/ beseech/ plead that you would pray for my endeavour.  Below are some pics of the course and the vertical rise across the 102 mile distance....Post up when you can....see you guys on the other side- Godspeed, pearce