Charming

This has been a good week for swimming. On Tuesday I made it through the entire speed workout I have been building on and today I made it through the entire 3,000 meter endurance swim workout I have been working on completing over the past three weeks. After a 900 meter warm up I went into the main set that offers no recoveries.  The key is endurance, so just as a race does not offer a break, neither should endurance swims. It is a combination of 4 x 100 meters on decreasing send of times and 400 meters straight. I was able to keep between 2:00 and 2:05 on the 100’s and my two 400’s were  first at 8:35 and my second was even better at 8:28. I feel I have jumped a hurdle with two strong swims so far this week, both at 3,000 meters.

Thursdays are also my active rest days so I only had the swim workout. Without a second workout after work, I still have this feeling that I have time on my hands. I worked a bit later than usual and I am sure I will find something to get done around the house. So much for resting…

While I have had a lot on my mind this week, it has not stopped me from noticing just how beautiful the autumn leaves are. Several times now I have shared pictures. I have lived in my neighborhood for just over ten years, but for some reason just this week I noticed something. The brilliant reds, oranges, and yellows of the maple trees that are so prevalent in Geauga county remind me of the lollipops I had as a child – Charms Sweet and Sour Pops. Here are a few pictures, see for yourself…

Trees over my neighbor’s house today.
Charms Sweet and Sour Pops

Every day has something to enjoy. Something to make me smile. Something to remind me of the carefree happiness of a child. Today it came in the form of maple trees and Charms. All in all, a charming day.

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