I was out skating. Nothing new with that, in fact it was the longest skate workout I have had since I moved to Florida.
I had already gotten ten miles in and it was time to rest. The spot I rest at is under a small copse of trees, has a bench, water, and overlooks the Goodyear Blimp base in Pompano Airpark. It's a pretty little spot where you can watch people get their cardio in, watch the blimp from time to time, and just have a break from what you are doing.
Call it an Athlete's Hangout, I do. Beautiful day. Warm sun, breezes were light off the ocean. I rather enjoy that spot.
I got greeted by one of the fellow skaters and decided to get back to the task at hand and pack in another couple sprints. Conditions like this only happen in the winter in the south, by the time April hits, we're already pushing the temps towards 90 and you know season is changing.
Actually when I got back to that same bench, that was exactly what I was thinking. How nice it is, and how privileged I was to be able to enjoy this kind of condition.
Reaching into my skate pack, I grabbed my sport bottle, opened it, and tipped my head back to enjoy some ice water. Looking up through spotted sunglasses, I noticed that my friend the Mango Tree was back in bloom. It's a Hagen Mango tree, just like the big one near my house, and I have had fruit from it before. Orange, creamy, and sweet.
In a couple months it will be dropping more fruit.
Sitting there, you can gather your thoughts. I skated 17 miles at that point and decided that it was approaching enough. I'd do another 3 miles and then head on back.
Smiling at the thought, it was time to go. Any more would break that peaceful spell. Yes, it is possible to have peace at upwards of a 175 BPM heart rate, in fact it's preferable. Standing up, I got on the trail and was able to glide on home.
I used to compete, I used to skate hyper marathons multiple times in the week. Now I do this for me. Headphones on, it's a great way to enjoy the day.
Find your zone. If it includes being on eight wheels, say hi as you pass the other way or join me for a sprint.In Philadelphia, Skating was massive. On West River Drive, and I believe they changed the name of it by now to something else. Weekend days it would be closed to allow people to enjoy the park, intimately, so that you could do any non motorized sport. About half way through that drive is an old stone bridge and a water stop. Right by that stop, and you have to know where, the was an old apple tree. If you were lucky, you could tramp out across the grass and find an apple still on the tree. Fairmount Park did not treat the grounds there other than cutting the grass so it was organic. I've had many of those apples through the years, and having the mango here is ... well it is just right.