The first day of spring is one thing and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month.
– Henry van Dyke
A friend of mine posted this quote today on Facebook when I shared the weather forecast here in Cleveland. These words are very true. Especially today, the first day of spring. When the first spring day will occur appears to be a bit in the future. See for yourself – here is a picture I took TODAY of my backyard.
The only signs of spring are that I took the picture around 7:00 PM – it was still daylight out and, what you may not be able to see, in the bottom right corner are the tips of tulips popping up in the ground.
I am certainly hoping it will not be an entire month before the first spring day. For one, I really want to get outside and ride my bike. This evening I road on my trainer in front of the television. I have gotten my trainer to work well, but it really is not the same as outside. Especially when the view pictured above was to my right to see. The workout was good, I felt the challenge even though I am not pushing my hardest this week as I am still in recovery from the race. Hopefully within a week or so I will be able to write about a wonderful ride outside on a beautiful spring day.
This morning I swam an endurance swim with a main set made up of a few sets of 300 meters pulling followed by 3 x 100 meters swimming. I was able to swim the main set with my friends and that made a big difference. I definitely push harder when I am swimming with them. My best 100 was one of my last and I touched in at 1:52. I am not setting a “goal” for my desired pace. I am learning from running that setting pace goals has been limiting me. As in running, I am just going to let it go and see how I progress. As for swimming outside, I am realistic – regardless of the weather I will not see that day until after memorial day when the outdoor pool opens at my gym. Although I do live on a lake… However I do not see it warming up soon. Here is a picture of my front yard, yes, taken today.
Sometimes my expectations are exceeded – my improved swimming pace. Sometimes expectations are limiting – setting too low of a running pace goal. Sometimes expectations are so let down I wonder if the warm weather will ever arrive. Seizing the day and enjoying the present should not be confused with myopia. I may not enjoy this weather when it should be sunny and twenty degrees warmer, however I am enjoying the good in today and keeping my eyes open to the coming spring day that will arrive… eventually.