elisariva

Seizing life's joys and challenges physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Rest at Last

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Today is a rest day.  Usually I rest on Saturday, but I have my cardio point test tomorrow to see how I have done training within my aerobic zones. No workouts are allowed the day before, so I changed my schedule around. After the volume of activity this past week, sleeping in today was a welcomed treat. Now I know it is sad that I consider “sleeping in” to be 6:30, but I was able to get 8 hours of sleep and not go to bed before most first graders.

I also was able to see the sun rise while I walked my dogs, as opposed to seeing the sky brighten from the window wall at the pool. Winter workouts for a triathlete keep us from experiencing these things on a daily basis. Having a rest day allows me to not only rest my body, but also my mind. I am able to take in the moments and appreciate all around me. With the mild weather this year, I figure the birds are starting to nest a little earlier. Every year two purple finch nest in a planter on my front porch. This has been going on since 2007. I have named the female Gladys and the male Harold. I peeked in the planter this morning to see the beginnings of a little nest. Yet another joy to see that I would usually miss on a Friday morning. A change of pace wakens me to the things I would otherwise take for granted.

I am a type A person by nature, this also translates to my training. I also have a great appreciation for nature and creation that surrounds me. It is moments like this morning, rest days like today, that I am reminded to slow down once in a while and take it in. While I am working hard at getting faster as a triathlete, I do not have to speed through the joys in life. I am not sure if I have written this here, but this is something I feel strongly about – this is an amazing world we live in and I want to see and enjoy as much of it as I am able to while I am blessed to be living. It is an extra joy to swim, cycle and run through as many destinations as possible.

Author: elisariva

I want to encourage everyone to follow your passions, not just what is easy. It is in overcoming hurdles and barriers that we truly test our limits and abilities. There is much more we are capable of if we only believe in ourselves.

2 thoughts on “Rest at Last

  1. Hi, thanks so much for following my blog. As someone whose swimming metres this year currently equal 150, I’m glad we’ve found some common ground!! And you are right, the small things in nature like returning birds and walking dogs really make all the difference.

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