Monday, May 4, 2009


Today I biked to and from work. It took me about 45 minutes this morning and just less then an hour when I got home late this evening. The reason for the time difference? I bonked.

Bonking, according to the dictionary of mountain bike slang is as follows:

bonk v. to run out of energy or grow exhausted on a ride. "I bonked so early it was embarrassing."

Basically bonking is "hitting the wall." I didn't have supper and so about half way through my ride later in the evening I simply ran out of fuel. Suddenly it took all my effort just to keep pedaling at any speed (which ended up being slow). The final couple of blocks I was barely moving. Bonking is a rookie mistake but I guess I haven't done any real biking in quite a while.

The idea of bonking appeals to me because the truth of it is transferable to so many things. If you are not careful, you can run out of fuel

1. In your marriage.
2. In your spiritual life.
3. In your ministry.
4. For your job.

and many more.

It's foolish to think of trying to drive a car without gas, yet when it comes to other things we think we can go forever! Oh how we deceive ourselves. Rest, food, time away, training, etc are all things we need to keep fueled up for the important stuff, yet most of us try to see how low we can get the tank before refueling. Why do we do it? Bravado, a death wish, pride, temporary insanity? For me it's usually pride . . . mixed with equal parts laziness and delusions of "I'm better then that." Beware! This kind of stupidity is contagious - you can catch it from others and it can also infect even a large organization. Keep your tank full this week!

1 comment:

Elayne said...

That's a great word. I bonked today too. You don't want to know the details here.