good news and bad news…and more riding!

well today i received both good and bad news from the tests that i recently had…the good news is: the DVT that was in my leg has been dissolved  and my doc has cleared me to officially start riding again…the bad news, however is that the right ventricle of my heart is still enlarged, and my doc is strongly advising me not to RIDE sea to sea… however, i need to talk to the people in charge, and see if i can ride partial days, or something… i really want to ride….which brings us to the 3rd part of the title…RIDING!!!! i got out and rode 43 miles today…LOL my knees hate me, as well as my calves… but its a really good feeling….


While sea to sea is not riding, some of us are!

Well today was a landmark day for me, as i got off work a bit early and did something that the docs would say i shouldnt have done… I donned my Sea to Sea jersey, shorts, and grabbed my helmet and rode for the first time since my pulmonary embolism…


I couldnt take sitting on the sidelines waiting for some guy to say i can ride, when i know from my rigerous work schedule that if i can work, i can sure as heck ride! And i have been back to work for 3 weeks now…

Anyways, i rode 15 miles, and i can honestly say that they were the best, most emotional, prayer and thanksgiving filled miles i have ridden to date…i have come thru a very serious health battle that statistically would place me in the morgue, but God has bigger plans for my life, and i look forward to seeing what He has for me, since i know it will be far better than anything i could possibly imagine!

I do need to mention though that the tour needs your prayers!!! There have been several injuries, some severe, some not so much, but please keep Mark Deckinga with a broken tibia, Claire Elgersma with a fractured hand, Danita Blowers with a scraped up arm from falling with another cyclist ( i dont know his name, if anyone has that info please let me know!) and i am sure there are others who have fallen due to bad road conditions or equipment failures, so please keep them in your prayers. and also please keep Henny and Harry Drost in your prayers, as they just found out thier 37yr old son has cancer. Also please pray for all the cyclists,  that they would be able to endure the heat they are in right now, its so hot they had to cancel several days of riding and truck the whole group from Quartzsite AZ further up to tuesdays start point of Payson AZ to try and get out of some of the heat… Aaaand….(the list goes on and on) please pray for all the part timers like myself that we would be training safely, and ready to ride our leg of the tour. And lastly please pray for good news from my lung doc as i go to see him for a follow up monday afternoon, maybe i can get an official approval to get back riding regularly!

Sea to Sea is STARTING!!!!

well today brings mixed emotions for a lot of people involved with Sea to Sea… some of elation and joy, and some sadness…i would assume most of the people in LA right now at the start of Sea to Sea are happy,and maybe nervous about embarking on the first days ride in roughly 6-8 hrs from the writing of this post, but i have a feeling i am not the only one of the part timers thats Facebook feed has been flooded by pictures of the morning worship, and the tire dipping…




and as happy as i am for everyone thats there, and that the tour is starting, i kinda have a heavy heart and am sad, because i am not THERE, in LA, i am stuck HERE in Chicago, and worse yet, still awaiting the doctors to clear me to get back on the bike! i am sitting here going nuts, because i want to be able to ride my leg of the tour (week 6, Iowa City to Grand Rapids) BUT i havent ridden my bike but 8 miles in the last thirty days, and that was the week before i went into the hospital with life threatening blood clots in both of my lungs… i did get a bit of a lift out of getting my jerseys, they showed up while i was in ICU, and my parents were kind enough to take one to me so i could see them, and pose (as much as one practically tied down in ICU can pose on complete bed rest) for a picture!



but the good news is there has been SOOOOOO much answered prayer, and i am doing much better, so hopefully the docs will clear me to take part on the ride, as much as i would enjoy being part of the support staff for a week, it has been a lifelong goal of mine to participate and ride in a cross country ride…i guess we shall see if that prayer gets answered as well…if not, God has a plan, and its way better than anything i can come up with on my own so i will still be really happy….i have a feeling this could be a life altering week for me, in so many ways…see what God has in store for my life!

lastly, please keep all the riders as well as the staff in your prayers, wether they are part timers like myself,  or full timers like my good friend Danita from New York,


that they would have a safe ride!


and even though i have reached my goal of at least $2500, please remember that poverty knows no bounds, and we need to help put an end to it, any donations are GREATLY appreciated!!!! you can donate quickly on line at



when life gives you lemons…

well… the past 3 days have been a bit of a whirlwind for my life. it all started wednesday afternoon with mowing the lawn… i got half way through mowing and got extremely short of breath, which is very odd for me, as i am an active young guy. i sat down for a while and drank plenty of water thinking it was just dehydration, and felt better after about 10 min. however after another 5 min of mowing, i was feeling the same way again…stopped and drank water etc… slept it off overnight, thursday at work i was getting extremely winded again, but worse than wednesday…this had me worrying a bit…especially since it hurt to take a deep breath now.

Come friday morning, i woke up short of breath, and in pain… mom took me to the urgent aid place, and after a chest x-ray, EKG, and a CT scan, they had determined i had a LARGE blood clot in my lungs!!! they called an ambulance and sent me off with a big old shot of Heparin, and got me to the E.R., where they started an I.V. drip of heparin while they waited for a room in the I.C.U. 

here i sit, in the ER, waiting for a room, and my Pastor walks in, and after the usual formalities, he read what i call the “broken arm verse” (came from the last time i was in the hospital, spent 6 days with a broken arm that needed 2 surgeries) but that verse is Romans 8:28,

 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

he then continued from verse 31 to the end of the chapter: 

 “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?  He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?  Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?  As it is written:

“For your sake we face death all day long;
    we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.


So, given that fuel, Terry Barnes then posted on the Sea To Sea forum:

If you weren’t sure then be sure, Sea to Sea needs prayer for each and every rider. From my vantage point I see all kinds of attacks on this event and everyone involved. Time to armor up.

Ephesians 6:10-18

New International Version (NIV)

The Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood,but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people

Then, to further impress that God’s family is ALWAYS there for support, i made a short post on facebook about what was going on, and it promptly got FLOODED with posts of people praying for me, literally from sea to sea as well, from a friend i Escondido CA all the way to an aunt in Port Charlotte FL, and everywhere in between as well!!!

i also updated some of the car forums i am on as to my condition, and have been flooded with prayers from them as well!!! it would seem that there is truly an army of prayer warriors, some of which don’t even really know me, just know my screen name, but the generous outpouring of prayers from Gods family is truly a GREAT BLESSING!!!! 

so, even though “life gave me lemons” this week, in the form of a life threatening blood clot, God always has a way of making “lemonade”, and taking things that could drag a person down in their faith, and raise them up on the prayers of hundreds of people all across the country in the short time of 24 hrs, and so far, the prayers are definitely being answered, as the pain i have had is nearly gone, and there’s no more shortness of breath, and the tests have so far shown conclusive evidence of how it started, thanks to a deep vein thrombosis in my left leg, that they assume broke off and went to the lungs. the lung doc is confident that there will be a full recovery, given i am so young, but, unfortunately, for the rest of my life i will be at a greater risk of another pulmonary embolism, since i have had one. Regardless of this, God is good, ALL THE TIME, and was watching over me the days leading to the ER visit, as if the clot had dislodged it could have moved to either my heart, or my brain, causing a heart attack or a stroke… even though times have been tough, they could have been much MUCH worse than they are right now.

once again, thank you ALL for your prayers, and words of concern, and hopefully i will still get to see everyone on the Sea to Sea ride this year!!!! and if the doc wont clear me, i am sure i could still hang out with you guys at Illiana Christian when you stop through the area the end of July 😉 but lets pray that i can get back on the bike in time to make the ride!!!!

i am rejoicing and praising God, as he has kept me safe through the storm, and has provided some of the best doctors around, and access to the best medicine around to help me get through this, in addition to His intervention as the Great Physician, keeping things from moving and getting much worse than they are.


“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” 


guess the moral of this story is, when God gives you Lemonade, its pretty stinking good lemonade, given what it could have been, if that “lemon seed” went down the wrong tube…LOL

pushing the limits….BIG TIME!!!

Well, boss let me off work at 1 today, and its a lovely 65 degree day, with partly cloudy what shall i do with my free afternoon time on this beautiful day? Hop on my bike and ride the stuffing out of it of course!!! So i left the house thinking maybe a 30 mi ride would be good, but in the end i did 45! I found out that i no longer have the balance issue i had on my front wheel, since i moved the magnet for the speedo directly opposite of the valve stem, more on that later….LOL!

So i went out and rode from South Holland, IL, to Crown Point,IN, and back to South Holland, the way out was taxing, since there was about a 10 mph headwind, but i had Mrs. Betty Adams post on the forum for the riders of Sea To Sea about mind over legs in my head, and just pushed through the wind all the way there!

The ride back was quite nice, with a 10 mph tail wind the whole way home, it made for a nice relaxing ride back home! On the way home, i came across a guy on a minibike on the bike path (that’s completely illegal) and after telling him so he got angry and tried to run away from me on his little Briggs and Stratton powered bike, but to no avail, since i had a nice 15 mile rest with the tailwind…he topped out at about 35 mph, and my legs were cranking like there was no tomorrow, and i was hanging with him, and then passed him!!! i looked down at my speedometer, and saw 43mph…i honestly did not have a clue i could push that fast on a bike! Apparently the extra adrenaline from the “race” pushed me much faster than i thought i could go! (it was at this point that i realized the balance issue i had of the front wheel bouncing off the ground at 35mph was gone LOL) it was also at this point that the mind over legs thinking can only do so much… after that little sprint my legs started cramping a bit, so i had to stop and massage that out a bit…i know i pushed WAYYYYYYYY too hard there, but….no pain, no gain right? LOL

It appears as though spring is here to stay finally, so i will get to take the bike out much more regularly. that will definitely help me with my training for Sea To Sea, and also help me with my personal weight loss goals for the summer as well!

i need to give a shout out to the Family at Cottage Grove CRC (my home church) for promptly responding to the flyer that was placed in the mailboxes this past Sunday! Thank you so much for the kind and generous donations!!! i am quite a bit closer to the $2500 mark, but still have a bit to go yet! If you haven’t donated yet and would like to, you can either ask me how, or you can do it online at at any time!

Enjoying God’s beautiful creation…

Well, the rain that has been falling for the past week let up today, and while sitting in church, i caught myself looking out the windows more than paying attention to Pastor Richard’s sermon…which coincidentally was ALSO on creation, but with a different twist(as found in Job 38, where God speaks to Job). I found myself thinking if it warmed up another 10 degrees or so, it would be very tempting to go out and ride… Well, it did warm up almost 15 degrees by the time i was home from church, and we had the obligatory Dutch Sunday dinner, (although we did stray a bit… we had pork roast instead of beef roast, but we still had the mashed potatoes and the corn…LOL).

Well, once the meal was over i decided to go riding… and during the whole ride, i couldn’t help but enjoy IMMENSELY Gods Creation, now in the full bloom of spring! I think Folliott S. Pierpoint’s song, For The Beauty Of The Earth sums up what i saw quite well today…

“For the beauty of the earth

For the glory of the skies,
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies:

Lord of all, to Thee we raise
this our joyful hymn of praise.
For the beauty of each hour
Of the day and of the night,
Hill and vale and tree and flow’r
Sun and Moon and stars of light
For the joy of human love,
Brother, sister, parent, child.
Friends on earth and friends above
For all gentle thoughts and mild.
For each perfect gift of Thine
To our race so freely given.
Graces human and divine
Flow’rs of earth and buds of heav’n.


The beautiful blue skies, the budding greenery on the floor of the forest around the bike path, the bright sun shining down, the other families walking/biking on the path, and somehow, it seems everyone is very friendly when you are out on the bike path… complete strangers smile and wave, as if they were your best friends…which is quite rare, being right in the midst of the fast paced, urban culture that is in Chicago. If only the drivers on the highways were half as nice as the people you meet on the bike paths.
Lord of All to Thee we raise, this our hymn of grateful praise!!!!!

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April showers bring…

Well…a lack of biking thats what it brings. I would love to be out riding now that its slightly warmer, but it has been raining so much lately that i cant really ride…sure i could ride in the rain, but being high temps of all of 50, i would catch pneumonia for certain!

Come on sunny skies, i need to ride, and before the may flowers bloom too!!! I am a good ways off of my riding goals, as well as my endurance goals… Need lots of work on that yet, as i lost a lot of endurance over the winter due to a leg injury.

Please keep me in your prayers as i continue training (whenever i can that is) and if you would like to donate to my progress for Sea to Sea, and help me cycle to end poverty, you can do so right here ! It only takes a few short minutes, and i would greatly appreciate anything you can give to help me reach my goal of over $2500!