It has been nearly 2 years since my failed attempt to go to England. I may never fully know all the reasons why God didn't allow me to enter the country, but believe it or not, I am grateful.
There are two things about the event that I have recently come to realize:
1. That God took me to the "promised land" but like Moses would not let me enter. I could only look at it (and even then only in brief glimpses through the cloud breaks).
2. More importantly, I have problems with dehydration. I sweat buckets and buckets and become dehydrated very quickly no matter how much fluid I have. Today I shampooed the carpet at a friend's house, and it took me about 3 hours, and in that three hours I totally soaked through my shirt and pretty much all of my clothing including my shoes, and I went through 64 oz of Gatorade. That's the only thing that saved me from going into brain failure, I swear. I over-heat when I am sweating like that and without inputing electrolytes, my brain starts to misfire. I get shaky. Recovery time takes a lot longer.
Some will scream that 64 oz is a massive amount of sugar intake, but the body needs sugar too, especially when you are working out hard like that (running both types of vacuums, moving furniture, etc.). I was working by myself, so there was a lot of craziness, and I don't like to muck about. Just get in there and get it done.
Water just doesn't do the trick for that kind of sweating. Sweat contains salt, and to lose that much salt from your system is dangerous without replacing it. I would not be in as good a way at the moment had I not taken in such large amounts of Gatorade.
When I was preparing for the cross-country the week before Oct. 18, 2014, I took the bike out every day fully loaded for 25-35 miles. On the days I had Gatorade, I did fine. On the days I didn't, I struggled to the point of wanting to give up. The energy just wasn't there.
When I am sweating profusely from physical exertion over a few to several hours, I am at risk for dehydration. I didn't know this about myself in 2014, but I know it now. Perhaps the Lord was holding me back for my own health. He took me as far as needed in England, and he took me as far as he wanted on my bike journey in America. Granted, the latter wasn't very far.
When I rode my bike 40 miles from West Hollywood to Long Beach in May 2014, I got down there and was severely dehydrated. One leg had cramped up and was unable to pedal. I had water and Gatorade on the bike but because I had been concerned where I could stop for bathroom breaks, I didn't avail myself of them too much. I got to Long Beach and had completely soaked my shirt (I had a spare with me.) I couldn't even pee for hours even as I began to flood my system with water and lemonade and anything to cool me down.
Perhaps in time I would have developed a way to read my body's need for fluid better and to deal with the sweat, but apparently God wanted me to rest instead.