“Let us feel the divine energy of Spirit.”

This quote from Mary Baker Eddy was the theme of this past weekend’s trip put on by Discovery Bound on Catalina Island.

Several months ago, I received a call from the Discovery Bound headquarters asking me to come speak and chaperon a weekend retreat for teenaged kids with a sports theme. The weekend would culminate with a mini triathlon (swim, kayak, run), so you know I was in!

Chaperons and 150 teenagers from across the country converged on LAX for a shuttle and then ferry ride to the Island. Unfortunately, 8-9 foot swells on the 26 mile channel between Marina Del Ray and Camp Emerald Bay canceled the ferry ride and left us doing mixers in the marina’s park and scrambling for sleeping accomodations. Fortunately, we were traveling to a Boy Scout camp and everyone was prepared with sleeping bags as we gratefully accepted floor space at 28th Church in Los Angeles, and the UCLA Christian Science Organization. After a 3:30am wake-up and rolling 5am ferry ride, we finally stepped out onto Catalina Island.

After whirlwind of discussion groups, speakers, activies (including soccer, volleyball, football, snorkling, kayaking, hiking), we closed the evening with a bonfire. It seemed like the ferry ride had been days before.

The next morning chaperons James and April, and I took a group of a dozen kids for a 3 mile sunrise run.Each one of these kids not only ran three miles that morning, but they also came back and did the triathlon that afternoon — 300m swim, kayak around the big rock (pictured) at the entrance to the bay, and then a 5k run. A formidable task for many adults, much less a bunch of teenagers, most of whom were not swimmers, runner or kayakers. They were awesome!

It was my great pleasure to share my ideas on how spirituality and sport interrelate. Their enthusiasm, input and curiosity were a breath of fresh air. I hope these fantastic young adults got half as much from me, as I got from them!

Where is Eric?

It’s been a long time since my last post. Things have been busy at Principle Fitness, training, racing, and trying to have some sort of social life. Thank goodness for friends and for mountain biking!

Have raced 3 XTERRA races this year, the Columbia Triathlon for the first time in years, and the Cranky Monkey 12 Hour mtb race. It’s been a busy year of races for me! I’ve been pleased with my results and continue my upward swing back toward the level of competition I am used to.
Been on few fabulous rides to Gambrill State Park and Elizabeth’s Furnace (see pic) in the last few weeks. Pretty amazing the places a bike will take you.

Races coming up: XTERRA Charolttesville, (8/19), Annapolis Triathlon (9/9), and then XTERRA Nationals in Lake Tahoe (9/30).

In June I started as Second Reader in my church. The church pastors are our church textbooks, the Bible and Science & Health, by Mary Baker Eddy. Each church elects laypersons for read from these books each Sunday and at Wednesday meetings. While I was very nervous to commit to this post, I have found it an amazing privilege to really delve into the richness of these texts. It’s given me more depth in my faith and understanding then ever before.

One thing I do find, is that the deeper I dig and the more I grow, the bigger that challenges with which I am faced. It’s like a video game, I guess. Once you get strong enough to pass one level, the next one makes your work even harder. And the more you want to keep going!