WMC Newsletter – May 2020 at Level 2

Life is heading back towards “normal” again, though of course that doesn’t include a return to international travel. Nevertheless things are improving, we bought a jar of yeast at the supermarket last week and nobody batted an eyelid. 

At Level 2 we can go out in groups of 10 or less. Obviously there needs to be more relaxing of the rules before we can congregate as a club. It’s a shame the ASB facilities aren’t yet available to us, but that gives us a chance to explore some different parts of the city.  

This Sunday (24th May), WMC invites you to meet outside the Newtown running track near the Zoo at 8am. You have to bring your own food and drink, and forgo a shower until you get home.

Each group has to record who was in it. There is a form under the resources menu on the web site which one person in the group should fill out so remember to bring your phone.

Do you recognise the torso in this picture?

Wim van Dijk, President

And the final from the How are you feeling series…
Maryse Arnell

How are you feeling during this time?
At the moment I am feeling mildly optimistic. I am concerned though that people are not going to stay following the Alert Level 2 guidelines.

As there appears to be spread potential for spread among asymptomatic people we need to be very vigilant in order to avoid a second wave of infections, which have occurred in other countries that have opened up after lockdown.

My main concern is that it is possible that we may not get an effective vaccine. In the beginning of the epidemic in New Zealand I was very scared, both in terms of my own health, my family’s health, the country and the world as a whole.

Given age and background I am at increased risk from the virus, so it was with some trepidation that I donned the PPE for the first time. After some time the PPE becomes second nature, but it is important to take care, particularly on removal. It is not easy to work in PPE, the glasses fog up and it is quite claustrophobic.

Seeing people obviously breaching the lockdown guidelines has been frustrating, but at the same time it has been very encouraging to see many adhere to it. On the plus side I have been working a lot and I have not felt isolated at all and in that respect I think I have had it easier than many.

Driving has been a sheer delight. The other day between Woodville and
Waipukurau there wasn’t a single vehicle in my lane!

Who is in your bubble?
Nigel Raymond, my husband is in my bubble and our dog and running buddy Jasper.
We have two elderly relatives that we help with shopping, but have not included in our bubble as both Nigel and I are potentially exposed at work.

What have you been doing with all the spare time we have on hand?
Well I have not really had more spare time than normal. However, I have been practicing two languages – Italian and French.
I am enjoying cooking food and doing a lot of bread baking. It is quite satisfying to feel the aroma of fresh bread and to taste it fresh out of the oven.
I am making good use of Zoom, FaceTime and Messenger to keep in touch with friends and family.

What does your fitness routine look like?
Well I tend to go for runs locally where I am at the time, but maybe not as often as I would like to ideally. It is good to try new trails. I do find it frustrating to run on my own most of the time, it just is not as much fun. Running with friends is one of the things I am most looking forward to.
I am also going for walks as well – Jasper needs to go out.
The day before lockdown I went to The Warehouse and bought some exercise equipment. I already had a kettle bell collection, but I bought a Swiss ball, a skipping rope, resistance band and a set of 5kg dumb bells. A friend at work donated a yoga mat. If I am not working I will often use them while watching the 1pm press conference.

Editor’s note:
Thank you to all who have contributed to the lockdown newsletters. If you would like to contribute an article/story to the newsletter please email contributions to wellingtonmarathonclinic@gmail.com
Kia kaha – stay strong!

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