MONDAY 16 JUNE, CANBERRA: Michael Milton has increased his training load as
he prepares for his sixth Paralympic Games and his first as a summer
Almost 12 months since he was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer, the
skier-turned-cyclist said his session have increased in length and
intensity and he is building up to 400km each week.
'I feel strong on the bike which is great. I can feel my fitness and
strength building and I can't believe how different things are now compared
to the last 18 months or so,' he said.
Milton has some ongoing health issues that he must deal with and some
side-effects of the surgery will be with him for life.
'I'm still learning how to manage my new digestive system. With only a
third of my stomach left, it's a real challenge to eat and drink enough to
live, let alone train and compete.
'I get sick every now and again and need to take a break. I tend to have
three good weeks followed by a couple of bad ones and, to be honest, I'm
overdue for a bad period right now. Perhaps it wont come. That would be a
real boost for me - to be able to continue training without interruption,'
said Milton hopefully.
The final Paralympic team (for all sports) will be announced on 27 June
and, on 14 July, Milton will join his cycling teammates for a camp in
northern NSW. From there the team heads to Perth for more training until
they depart for Beijing at the end of August.
'Life is good,' said a smiling Milton from his home in Canberra. 'It's much
better than I expected it to be 12 months ago. I'm happy to be alive and
happy to be on the bike. Bring on Beijing!'