I did some PT this morning, a 1 hour session, then a rest on Friday to rest up for R4TK. It was a ripper session – lots of arm work, some 2 km time trials on the bike and skipping. I really got into the zone with my skipping and biking. We did 4 rounds, and each time, on the bike, I managed to decrease my time. I got my breathing into a real rhythm and was in a bit of a trance-like state -this is the way I will need to run. Pushing the tempo a bit, out of my comfort zone, but comfortable enough. After some circuits we did some boxing.
Yesterday, I did a little circuit at the gym, not NEARLY as boring as doing long spurts on the equipment. I can also take advantage of the upbeat music.
It is actually quite addictive. Off last month’s efforts, I am actually feeling a bit…..funny….if I go a day without exercise.
Today there was a rally in the city to protest the government’s proposed cuts to medical research spending (approx 20% of the budget or about $400 million dollars). We had a speech from Adam Bandt, a young sufferer of Parkinson’s disease, a recipient of a double lung transplant, the head of the Walter and Eliza Hall medical research institute. There were concurrent rallies around Australia.
Anyone who knows me knows that I am passionate about my work, as were all of the other people there – they do it for the love and could earn much better money in the private sector, with better job security.
I did some yelling and screaming and clapping with the crowds – felt great to be a part of it. There were some great placards, like “Julia and Nicola, we will cure your dementia (no, really)” and”Back off man, I am a scientist”.
And in response to the posts from yesterday, I also believe strongly about the NBN – faster internet connection (ie faster than wireless) will, among other things, revolutionise the way we deliver medical care to rural and regional communities – already, professors of medicine in the cities are being wheeled around on a computer screen to patients in whoop whoop, rather than having the poor overworked GP scratching his head.
I could go on about the way this country is going to hell in a handbasket – I am fully with Em on the chaplaincy in schools.
and bethlin from texas, welcome!