During university orientation last week our lecturers said that we would have to decide what we’re going to give up to make space in our lives for study. It’s something that I’ve been told at the beginning of every course and still it takes me by surprise when I realise just how much work is involved in university study (and I’m not even a high-achieving student).
Yesterday I had the day off work. I had hoped to hit the road for a 2-3 hour bicycle ride. However, I also had 2-3 hours of readings to complete for one of my units (Literacy at Work), then I had classes from 4pm – 8pm. Normally, I would have completed the readings earlier but they weren’t available until the weekend and I’d been too busy doing additional readings.
So, my 2-3 hour bicycle ride became the first casualty of my new life as a full-time worker and part-time student. But I am committed to my health, so I made time during the day for a short 35km spin.
The air smelled damp and muddy as I rode through the Logan River flood plains. All around me the earth has become saturated so water is now sitting on the surface or expanding beyond the boundaries of creeks and dams.
Trees and clouds reflect on the surface of the dark brown water. There’s beauty in everything natural, even when the same natural phenomenon are annoying, frustrating and inconvenient.
I felt flat during the ride. Though that’s probably a feature of my running out of testosterone tablets and not being organised enough to buy a new packet on time. And the challenge of finding a new routine now that I’ve added both university study and Scout leadership to my schedule will have something to do with the fatigue too.
Total: 35.2km road cycle