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Noticing The View

I started running about 10 years ago and worked my way up to two marathons. After that I started triathlons and have done numerous races including three ironman distance events. But lately I have been finding considerable joy in the peace and solace of long walks and hikes. There is little worry of distance traveled or average pace accomplished. One of the things that strikes me most is how many miles I have swam, biked or ran over the years yet how little I actually saw along the way. The beauty I am finding in walking and hiking is that for the first time as I move about I am actually noticing the view.
triguy84 triguy84 46-50, M 1 Response Apr 11, 2012

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I am a cyclist and I always try to look around a little bit, even more when I ride alone, but I understand what you are saying. When you get into a group ride, pace, cadence, speed, flow always seem to take over then looking around and enjoying the view.

I often start out with great intentions of embracing the moment and enjoying the view but always seem to get sucked into pushing it. Then of course if you’re drafting or in a pace-line safety precludes us from checking out the view. Maybe this year I'll slow it down at times to check things out…

I rode RAGBRAI a few years back and was always worried I have enough energy to get to the next town or the end. I ended up pushing hard and getting done earlier. If I do it again I know I will slow down and enjoy it more knowing I have done it before and will be able to do it.