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Going around and around in circles

Posted: 26/8/2008

Hi all

Well I don't know if I have been spending enough time on the BLOG lately. I hope that during my time in Beijing I will get a chance to get online and keep you up to date.

Training has been improving this week and I feel like things are on the upswing. My knee is back to 100% and it would appear that the heart issue was a once off affair. I continue to keep an eye on my Suunto (sponsor plug) heart rate monitor and download the data every day.

You know when you really think about it most sports seem really pointless. Certainly skiing around sticks stuck in the ground is pretty pointless but also lots of fun. Riding around in circles on a velodrome also seems pretty pointless but is also lots of fun. We have been doing a lot of motor bike pacing the last week at the Velodrome. It is always fun behind the motor bike as you sit in it's slipstream and are able to go considerably faster. The feeling of cornering on the bank of the track at high speed is always a thrill and the extra speed motor pacing gives you just makes it more fun.

The program for the next few days is pretty busy. I have a long road ride tomorrow and then 2 days on the track Thursday and Friday. We also have lots of meetings and packing to do. I am looking forward to heading to Sydney for Matilda's 2nd birthday on Saturday before we head off to China.

Thanks for reading the blog and thanks to those of you who have posted supportive comments. We have had to put a policy in place that you can't post a comment without putting your name to it. Sorry for those of you out there trying to stay anonymous.



6 Comments Posted

Belinda | Tuesday, 26 August 2008 11:59:30 PM
Pointless? Fun? Don't forget it's all about me Mike! Whether its watching you slalom sticks, revolve around the drome or motivate/ enthuse my students to identify a passion and pursue it with gusto, I am in awe of your talents.
Give it your best Michael! You've got what it takes.
Mrs Reitstatter and Red Hill Primary are behind you all the way! You make us proud to be Australian... and Canberrans.
Andy | Wednesday, 27 August 2008 8:40:43 AM
Best of luck in Beijing Michael, most of all have a great time.
I look forward to meeting you when you speak at the ACAPMA Conference in Adelaide in November, can't wait to hear all about your success in Beijing then.
Nick and the CBRE Team in Canberra | Wednesday, 27 August 2008 9:25:20 AM
All the best Michael - you are the man!! (Along with Dr Seuss)... your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O'Shea,
you're off to Great Places!Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So get on your way!!

Go hard GO fast and Go OFF in Beijing!
Jamie | Wednesday, 27 August 2008 11:20:08 AM
looking forward to seeing you tear it up over there mate - the finish line is in sight and this time it's not approaching you at 250k's an hour (though it may well feel like it!)!
Helen Cant | Wednesday, 27 August 2008 6:09:20 PM
Hi Michael
Your fun as you call it, would scare me witless!What you achieve never ceases to amaze me and while a medal might be a measuring stick your ability to conquer adversity is truly gold!! Go for it in Beijing; the ex-principal of Red Hill School is behind you all the way.
Helen Cant
Kat Black | Thursday, 28 August 2008 5:45:23 PM
Thanks so much for taking the time off from your training in Perth to visit our 8yo friend in hospital who had just lost her leg to cancer. Being able to watch you compete in Beijing will be a great inspiration and will do her as much good as all the medical treatment. Not only are you a wonderful athlete, but your kindness goes to show that you're a wonderful person as well.