Wednesday, November 28, 2007

That OTHER Tour - 2008 edition!

Okay, friends, this fickle female says to forget about Fabio... prepare for Prébois!

It is true - Guillaume Prébois, the wonder-cyclist and journeyman journalist is coming to the U.S. of A. this summer, 2008 to compete in the Race Across America with wonder-cyclist Miguel Martinez. This tandem team will compete in what many seasoned road cyclists consider to be "the world's toughest bike race," a sheer folie: they will race, non-stop, from the Pacific to the Atlantic following an established route that every competitor - solo or team - must accomplish to finish this race, much less win it.

Yes, there are specific, mandatory locations along the US route where Guillaume and Miguel must stop to rest, like all the others. Last year, the Indianapolis time station was on that list (or should I say, Southport). This year the riders will pass through Bloomington, Indiana, the home of the "Little 500" and location for the classic American cycling film, "Breaking Away."

Myself, I have already contacted the RAAM organizers to serve as a volunteer worker at one of the Hoosier time stations, such as Sullivan, Bloomington or Greensburg. Or, I may request to serve at Parkersburg, West (by God) Virginia, where one of my aging aunts resides. Wherever, I hope to see, hear, smell and touch this incredible marathon of man, muscle, machine and macadam...

Ainsi soit-il!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Speaking of Saint Therese, Part I

Our Discalced Carmelite Secular community in Indianapolis has been having some wonderful discussions each month concerning St Therese of the Child Jesus and of the Holy Face - better known as "The Little Flower" in the United States.

One of the first things that I noticed in our November discussion was how we were all able to make a connection between Therese's account of her grade school years, the many spiritual insights that she received, and the simple concepts that eventually formed her great spiritual message as a young adult, meeting death at age 24.

We talked about the link between suffering and love; about acceptance of others and acceptance of self; about her desire to become a great Saint; and, we considered her advice on how to become a saint - that it's not so much the great things that we do for God, but attention to putting love in the little things that truly matters

Here are some questions to ponder:

~ What aspects of St Therese's life attact you?

~ Which of her spiritual doctrines are the easiest to put into practice?

~ What link did you see between her life and yours?

~ What link did you see between her childhood and her adult spirituality?

Please use the comments link to post your replies so that others may see them and reflect with us.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

That OTHER Tour

Wow, it seems like forever since I've had an opportunity to put words on paper... um, I mean to post to this blog. But, you know what prompted me to pick up the laptop and surf this way? I wish that you all could read Fabio Biasiolo's blog,

Fabio's blog was created this summer to show off his supercycling exploits as he rides through France with his sidekick, Guillaume Prébois. Fabio has finished on the podium in the Race Across America from Atlantic City NJ to Oceanside CA. Guillaume is a cycling journalist who has undertaken some crazy cycling projects, but non crazier than this:

Guillaume and Fabio have raced across France, following the various stages of the 2007 Tour de France, one day ahead of the professional cyclists. They have a small-but-mighty crew that follows them each day on the roads and cares for them each night. The idea was Guillaume's: after he heard Belgian sprinter Tom Boonen say after a tough day in the Pyrenees Mountains, "a normal man would have ended up in the hospital today" Guillaume decided to find out. Could a normal rider with some good training, initiative, self-discipline and self-denial be able to complete all of the Tour de France stages in 2007 without resorting to doping?

Well... they did it!

Today, July 28, 2007 Fabio and Guillaume (the names are almost interchangeable) crossed the finish line of the Champs Élysées in Paris. A doctor from Toulouse has traveled with their crew throughout the race, forcing Guillaume to undertake the same blood draws and urinalysis as the big boys do (with a French inspector looking over Guillaume's shoulder while he empties his bladder). The overall results in view of Guillaume's bill of health - physically, mentally and emotionally - are nothing short of miraculous.

Guillaume's accomplishments are phenomenal, but I've got a special place in my heart for Fabio, the 45-yr-old cycling master. Could you do what they've just done? Check out all of the action at the Paris newspaper, and bring your Babelfish!