I just read a thread in which forum members were trying to get a response from Pastor Bob. How many pastors participate in the Bike Forums? I know there is someone here by the screen name of Rev. Chuck, but something in his posts makes me wonder is he is really a pastor.
Given that being a pastor means the work is never done and whatever you are doing should have been done yesterday, at least; when and how do you manage to find time to ride?
How do you handle "chocolate season" when parishoners give you cookies and candy (Christmas, Easter, birthday)? Do you eat it all yourself? Do you quietly give it to someone else? I do well at becoming "clyde free" until chocolate season hits, then I regress.
I am 61 years old. I was ordained in the Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod in 1972. I have had some places of service where I could incorporate a little bicycle commuting or recreational riding into my daily work activities. In other places it has been more difficult. Where and when I did not cycle regularly, I progressed downward toward my present status as a recovering clydesdale. Finally, last summer I decided I would simply take time to ride, no matter how busy I thought I was or how guilty I felt about all of the things not yet done. I am managing about 85 miles a week most weeks. There have been no repercussions from people in the congregation so far. I find I am mentally sharper and have more energy. It also clears my mind and is good for my mental outlook. And, after another 8.5 pounds I will no longer be a clyde. A year ago I was 16 pounds deeper into clydedom.