And I’m proud to be an American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I won’t forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me. -Lee Greenwood
Today is memorial day in the US. Being a Federal Holiday, just about everyone not in the retail or restaurant business has the day off. I am grateful for the men and women in our armed forces who died in the on going fight to maintain our freedom. Something that is far from free, they paid the greatest price, they paid with their lives.
Since I did have the day off, I was able to get a few good workouts in and some down time as well. This morning I met my training partner at the gym – at 9:30. Usually we are on the way to work before this time. Well she is, I am just leaving the gym truth be told… The outdoor pool opened this weekend and it was a hot day with plenty of sunshine. We got our workout in swimming outside. The pool is also 25 meters long but a bit deeper. May be it a coincidence, but I swim faster in the outdoor pool. We did an endurance set for a total of 2,700 meters. After a hot tub chat, also outside, she headed home and I went back to the pool. My intention was to get catch some sun and read, but I also wanted to get a bit more swimming in. I have a goal I want to reach by the end of May – more on that later this week. So I swam 800 more meters in between reading and sunning myself.
This afternoon I was able to get a ride in. I only road 15 miles, it was over 90 degrees even at 5:30, and it was along the same route I road on Saturday. It was windy again today, but this time it was coming from the south. My ride out was tough. There is a stretch where I usually am able to ride 22 miles per hour for nearly a mile after coming off of a nice hill. Today riding into the wind I was pushing to average 16 miles per hour. But oh was it fun on the ride back. With the wind at my back I was actually getting up to 17 to 18 miles per hour on inclines. It was a good quick ride to end a lovely, hot day.
So my day off was a very good day. I don’t just see it as a vacation day, but a day to appreciate the freedoms I have of living in a free country. What I blessing and something to never take for granted.