Training for a half iron distance triathlon definitely gives me hours of time each week outside. When I am riding or running I do my best to take in the beauty of my surroundings. I have always found the landscapes of this world the most beautiful works of art. It could be a completely natural backdrop of trees along the river or a combination of nature and man’s creation, all beauty to me. Unfortunately with my 13 plus hours of training each week, I do not frequently have time to casually take in nature. I am usually trying to improve my pace going faster and avoid pot holes and cracks to stay safe. Today was a treat, I am spending what will probably be a total of two and a half hours sitting on a bench in the sun watching waterfalls, birds, flowers, and people walk by. I am also taking time to write too. Is there a better way to spend a beautiful Friday late summer afternoon?
For those who took notice, I posted yesterday’s blog just before midnight. As a result I didn’t get nearly the sleep I should have so my swim this morning was abbreviated – to half… Instead of swimming 2,500 meters we swam 1,200. Nice and easy. After a 500 meter warm up I did one 500 meter pyramid (25/50/75/100 and back down) and then a 200 meter cool down. I was happy with my pace – right around 2:04 per 100 meters. Considering I had at most 5 hours of sleep and did partake in good food and good wine last night, the pace was fine with me.
Sometimes taking time to sit back adds to quality. Life, fitness, mindset. Even though I felt a bit sluggish today, as my sister texted me “it usually means a good time was had.” And it was. Today at lunch a client reminded me to make sure I am taking time to be with loved ones too, training can take up a lot of free time. So that I did yesterday and today I was able to squeeze in time to appreciate all around me in nature. So with that, I want to share my view with you today. And it is my hope that you can find your time to take in the beauty of today, for it is our only guarantee we have – Today.