Work-life and bike bal­ance skewed

Marlborough Midweek - - Front Page -

As I write this it’s day nine of a 10-day work­ing week, thanks to the past weekend hav­ing been my turn to work, and the cabin fever is start­ing to set in.

Ad­mit­tedly, as it was Queen’s Birth­day Weekend, things were pretty quiet in Marl­bor­ough, but that didn’t mean I could go and do any­thing recre­ational. Al­though, I did en­joy a half hour sit­ting next to the Tay­lor River on Sun­day wait­ing for the River­side Rail­way train to come along so I could take a photo of it.

The sunny, wind­less con­di­tions were per­fect for just sit­ting and veg­ging out. How­ever, there were also a bunch of people about en­joy­ing the day on moun­tain­bikes, which made me in­sanely jeal­ous.

My bike is still cov­ered in the mud it picked up from my last out­ing nearly a week and-a-half ago. I’ve even taken up run­ning again just so I can get out and do some­thing phys­i­cal af­ter work in the dark.

I de­test the ac­tiv­ity – why would you walk or run when you can get on a bi­cy­cle – but you still get that hit of ex­er­cise- gen­er­ated en­dor­phins af­ter­wards. Plus din­ner al­ways tastes that much bet­ter af­ter some good huff­ing and puff­ing.

I’ll be off on Thurs­day and Fri­day, and mark my words, I’ll make up for the lack of out­doors time then.

Sven Hersel­man

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