From “Hero To Zero” by only 16 oz of water! (LOL)
Difficult pain mgmt day on the run course Saturday at Ironman Texas! The 3.8k swim was spot on and a relaxed effort of 1:07 despite the crowded fighting going on in the water with 2500 people in a small lake! Very crowded and zero visibility of water! But came out of the water feeling surprisingly fresh and ready for war! (You should have seen the shock in the eyes when I told my Israeli Navy SEAL friends that there might be alligators in this Houston lake!)
The 180k bike segment was very fast thru the rolling hills and at kilometer 90 was ready to go to war as I had caught and stayed with some very fast riders in my age category. Was feeling so good that I even did not think twice about stopping to get a water bottle that I dropped at an aid station (mega mistake)! Then suddenly at kilometer 112 both quads began to cramp like never before! So spinned in easy to prepare for the marathon run. First 8 k was good but quads were not releasing from the severe cramps. Everything in me seemed to just shut down at that moment and was fighting severe dehydration and heat exhaustion! It came so suddenly that the volunteers wanted to pull me from the race. What? By only missing 16 oz of water in the nutriton plan!!!!
But then I saw some wonderful believers who were holding up signs along the run course with BIBLE SCRIPTURES and I revived at that moment on the hot run! Glory to GOD! Was then able to finish to one of the most amazing experiences ever! The finish line chute was filled with thousands of people and as they saw me struggling then raising up the Israeli flag, they went wild with approval! It was waves and waves of sheer joy and anointing sweeping over all of us as people cried out in support of Israel! I have no words to describe the ecstasy of rapturous love and joy these Texas believers manifested! (The unsaved Israeli’s who witnessed this were stunned at this oupouring of support for Israel! It was so easy to witness to them later over dinner about the agape love! Mission accomplished!)
Tough race day in Texas! But what a glorious finish!
So what can we all learn from this endurance race? DRINK everytime Abba quickens us to pray/worship no matter how busy or preoccupied we maybe at the moment. Don’t miss your water/feeding times with Him daily or you will suffer spiritual dehydration later in the day!