Friday Tidings
6/28/16 at 10:45 AM 0 Comments

The Meaning of Epic

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This is mind-blowing. It puts true meaning back into the word epic. Rob Decou climbed onto his recumbent bike June 14th in Oceanside, California with his eyes on God and a destination of Annapolis, Maryland.

With intensity athletes know well, Rob says, “impossible is unacceptable.”

Just imagine 3000 miles on a bike, with incredibly tough time constraints along the journey.

Why?

He’s on the Race Across America team—riding and raising money for brain cancer research. Rob’s goal is to raise $20,000.

But this isn’t about Rob, it’s about honoring his friend Christina who lost her battle with brain cancer in 2013. It’s also helping about others facing brain cancer and the daunting challenges it presents.

So why not ride 3000 miles in less than two weeks? He knows he can’t do it alone, and neither can those suffering with cancer.

Rob is depending on his mighty God and the incredible team supporting him every mile. He rides day and night with unimaginable sleep deprivation.

With his clothes packed with ice for the desert heat, and lotion spread on his face to prevent burns, he’s been relentless.

When the Rocky Mountains challenged his lungs and his voice became a whisper, he used sign language and just kept pedaling. He ignored the pain in his feet, raw from 2000 miles of pedaling.

With a looming race deadline in Mississippi, he was too tired to continue. But after a quick break, and a God-provided tailwind, he got back on his bike and made the deadline with just under two hours to spare.

Rob’s Race Across America has never been about his suffering, it's for those suffering far worse and for the cancer research they desperately need.

Now when I hear the word epic, I’ll think of Rob and those surrounding him.

Rob openly shares that only through God could this impossible ride been possible at all.

Crossing the finishing line in the “Hardest Bike Race in the World” he raised $20,000. May those dollars be God-blessed as researchers race for a cure.

And for this God-honoring man, in a race that wasn’t about winning or fame, he took the medal from around his neck, and placed it on his niece, saying, “It’s important to give away the things you work hardest for. Otherwise, they can begin to own you. They can become idols.”

Imagine that. Not even a medal for his efforts. It was and is, all about God. Every penny raised goes to brain research: Race Across America

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