Gratitude for our freedom: ANZAC Day 2013

As I stand listening to the Last Post at this morning’s ANZAC Day parade, I feel grateful for the freedom we enjoy here in Australia. I’ve never attended an ANZAC Day parade or service before. But the Scouts traditionally march on ANZAC Day so, as a leader, I also attended this morning.

As I make final preparations for the Rogue 24 Hour Adventuregaine, the ANZAC Day commemorations reminded me that I and all my fellow adventure racers are fortunate because:

  • we have the personal freedom to choose to put ourselves through 24 hours of adventure, pain and fatigue
  • we have the financial freedom to choose to spend money on entry fees, equipment, food and travel expenses
  • we have the freedom to choose to spend time training and racing
  • we have physical health.

Today I will exercise that freedom by going to the shops to buy last minute supplies for the weekend’s race. It’s one of team Whoops Witch Way’s A-Races so I’ve been tapering this week, which is why my blog’s been quiet. I’ve done a 5km bushwalk one morning and am going for a 6-7km walk tomorrow. Other than that, I’ve been sleeping, eating, resting and generally taking it easy so that my body is ready to spring into action at midday Saturday when we start our 24 hour adventure.

They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them

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