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.