Monthly Archives: December 2012

Another year of biking and running

As the year closes down, I’m about to hit 3000 miles total. That’s about 2300 miles on the bike and 700 running. I’ve signed up for the Colorado Marathon again, so I’ve transitioned back to running more than riding. Running really is more pleasant in the cold after all.

As I plan for the marathon, I wanted to look back at how training went last year. I came amazingly close to the the 16 week plans that I’d been following. I knew that skiing would get in the way of some real training, but that’s a good tradeoff to make for me. I put together a table of the two training plans I was looking at (the beginner and intermediate plans from The Marathon Method).

MarathonTraining

(I pasted a picture because I’m simply too lazy to deal with formatting tables in WordPress.)

I did four organized runs for the long runs as noted above (Frosty’s Frozen 10, Ralston Creek Half Marathon, and two Rocky Mountain Road Runner 20 mile runs). I managed to do more miles in my long runs than the even the intermediate plan had, but I was otherwise closer to the beginner plan. That’s probably because I rarely ran more than three times per week. I’ll shoot for about the same amount of training this time around.

Christian Politics

Hmm… I seem to have written this back in September, but never posted it. What the heck. I still think this way.

I started writing up a comment on the post I shared onĀ Facebook about God in the GOP platform. I kinda kept typing and typing. So here it is separately.

I often share stories about religion and politics. It gets old to me, even. But this stuff does matter. You have a responsibility to think about how you vote. If you’re religious, your religion should inform how you vote.

First, I’m atheist, but I was brought up in church. My church studied the teachings of Jesus, but I suppose it emphasized the “good” over the “god”.

I’ve always been fascinated by religions. As I get older, one thing that fascinates me more is how often people talk about how religious they are, but completely ignore the tenets of their religion. Being a good Christian is not about how often you use the word “God”, it’s about helping your fellow man. I don’t claim to be good at that, but I also don’t claim to be Christian. If you claim to be Christian, you’re setting the bar pretty high. I’m proud that I have some good friends who pass the test. It’s no surprise to me that they also vote Democrat.

I understand that if you’re against abortion why you’d feel pulled towards the Republican party. But the hard-lined tactics against abortion are doomed to failure. There are much more reasonable ways to decrease the abortion rate (there are no ways to eliminate abortions altogether). They all start with education. You don’t see Republicans promoting education. And sorry, Republicans are using you on this issue. They’re sucking you in, knowing that if you care deeply about abortion, you’ll overlook all the other anti-Christian parts of their platform.

Opposition to universal healthcare is perhaps the most anti-Christian stand that I can imagine. Two thousand years ago, helping your fellow man often meant comforting them as they died from some sickness or accident. In the modern world, we can do so much better than this. But access to healthcare is limited and expensive. Obamacare (I hate that term even if Obama has come to accept it) is a very small step that improves things and even decreases the deficit. It’s current form has most of its roots in past Republican policy and gives far too many concessions to the huge insurance providers and pharmaceuticals.

I know most of the objections to universal healthcare are basically anti-big government arguments. People claim that governments are inherently inefficient. But sorry, the best run, most efficient insurance out there is Medicare. That’s your government. Sure it needs improvement. But it still works better than most insurance companies.

And I simply find for-profit insurance companies to be an immoral business. When Jesus spoke of caring for the sick, he didn’t say “only if he pays you well”. At least Obamacare limits insurance companies’ profits, and it stops them from dropping coverage if a patient gets too sick and costs them too much. This is a huge step forward. If you’re against this, then you’re anti-Christian. It’s that simple.