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The Pursuit

Posted: 9/9/2008

Hi All

Well a bit of a disapointing day for me. I rode a plan with a bit of risk in it and was hoping for that to pay off big time with a great reward but it didn't, I paid for it.

I rode the qualifying in a time of 4:10 which was about 3 seconds outside my best time set back in April in Sydney. The race plan was to go out hard and then try and hold onto the pace but unfortunately I put it all out there. At 2km of the 3km event things were looking good and then I died. The last 1km was pretty slow and the clock was ticking.

I guess at this stage it is all about looking at the positives. They are hard to see right now. I am sure in a couple of days I will be able to see them again.

I still have one event, the road race. I am sure it will be a good experience but in reality I am just making up the numbers and can't see myself being in the running at the end.

Being a competitive person it is always hard do deal with not performing up to your expectations. It is all about how you come back from these setbacks. Only time will tell on that one but at least I know I have a good history of having the mental strength to come back strong.


19 Comments Posted

Cathy M | Tuesday, 9 September 2008 7:24:18 PM
Saw your ride in the 3km event, you gave your best and that is all you can ask of yourself. Congratulations on being there and competing. You are an inspiraton to me and I wish you well in the road race.
Vic Plant | Tuesday, 9 September 2008 7:42:20 PM
Remember where you have come from and that you have already achieved a tremendous goal of making it to Beijing.
You certainly do have the mental strength to come back strong and you will.
Hang in there.
AG | Tuesday, 9 September 2008 8:00:59 PM
Michael I know this probably wont make you feel better right now but what you've done is truly astounding and you should be proud. I’m looking forward to seeing you do well on Saturday, so all the best!
Penni | Tuesday, 9 September 2008 8:21:32 PM
We're so proud of you for being there, for taking the risk, for giving it everything. And we love you. Penni, Matilda and Rowdy xxxx
Bindi | Tuesday, 9 September 2008 9:52:09 PM
Hey Mike,
Super ride! You looked SO smooth and strong. We are all so impressed. Truly. David tells us he wants yellow shoelaces like yours now. He is now calling you "michael milton" cause he has heard your name so often on the radio and tv over the last three days. Too funny!
All the best for Saturday, we'll be tuning in for sure. Enjoy it ... if you can! Easy for me to say I guess.
See you soon,
Love Bindi
PS. Rowdy?????
Tony B | Tuesday, 9 September 2008 11:57:27 PM
Looking forward to watching the road race on Saturday and to your safe return home with legendary competitor and national inspiration reputations both firmly in tact.
Nigel B | Wednesday, 10 September 2008 6:25:11 AM
Hi Michael,
We haven't been able to get any coverage over here (didn't get much of the cycling from the Olympics either!). Sorry to hear the pursuit didn't go as planned but, as everyone agrees, you've done so damned well just to be there...don't be so hard on yourself!

Would it have changed your life to cycle 3 seconds faster...probably not. You've got an amazing family and you're an incredible guy. You're certainly never going to feel (or at least never SHOULD!!!) that you have under-achieved.

Go and enjoy the road race...make it HAPPEN slow but GO fast!
Kieran S | Wednesday, 10 September 2008 8:23:29 AM
I'm a long time fan and it was so good to see you giving it a crack in Beijing. Who would've thought that anyone could have made it to representing Australia at the summer games after spending their career in the snow. You are an absolute freak of nature and make me so bloody proud to be an aussie! Keep on rockin Milto you dead set legend! Best wishes to the family as well for the upcoming birth in Nov.
Bean | Wednesday, 10 September 2008 10:16:44 AM
We're so proud of your efforts Michael. I know you might be disappointed but from here it brought a tear to the eye just seeing you on the track. Absolutely inspirational and a fantastic effort. Great work mate. Enjoy the RR and bring back some great stories.
Anonymous | Wednesday, 10 September 2008 12:15:51 PM
I am in awe of your efforts continually and at the number of people I don't know, that talk of your amazing story - just heard people again in a restaurant in Adelaide talking about how fantastic you are a couple of nights ago. To make it there is an achievement in itself - enjoy the road race...
mackenzee baker-moller | Wednesday, 10 September 2008 12:41:56 PM
Good luck Michael hope you do well and make sure you do not have a bad attitude. YOU'RE THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mikayla Griffiths | Wednesday, 10 September 2008 12:49:02 PM
Go Milton Have a great ride tommorow. Hope for the best and keep the good attitude all of the time. I will be watching you on tv.
K/1/2 Class Ballimore Public School | Wednesday, 10 September 2008 2:14:45 PM
You're our hero, Michael! At Ballimore we always try and do our best at everything we do - just like you. Good luck in the road race - we know you'll give it everything you've got! Go Michael! Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi, Oi, Oi!
Larissa, Hailey, Lucy, Owen, Joe, Sally, Hayley
Mich | Wednesday, 10 September 2008 3:52:47 PM
Hey Michael dont be hard on yourself (easier said than done I know) but regardless of where you come in your races it really isnt all that important, you have already proven yourself to be a winner! Focus on all that you have done and achieved to be where you are rather than a few lost seconds. I am sure that all those following your journey would agree that you have done everyone proud!
Mon & Rup | Wednesday, 10 September 2008 10:12:16 PM
Amazing your first summer Olympic games...
We are really proud of you and hope that you do well in the Road Race....
Best Wishes Mon & Rup
Nathan B | Thursday, 11 September 2008 8:34:15 AM
Hi Michael,
I think you are doing great and I read that you are not doing as well as you would like but I also read your skiing page and it said in your first winter paraolympicsyou didn't go as well as you did later on. This is your first time doing cycling so I think you are doing pretty good. All the best. Nathan
Wendy T | Thursday, 11 September 2008 10:17:29 AM
I am proud to call myself Australian, and it's people like you that make me that proud. You are an amazing man and no matter what your results are in Bejing, as a person you are GOLD
Helen Cant | Thursday, 11 September 2008 11:21:39 AM
Congrats Michael! You gave it your all and in that Australia is proud and you are a winner. Enjoy the road race and the remainder of the Games. There is always the next challenge! Helen Cant
Liz Swanton | Thursday, 11 September 2008 5:40:25 PM
Think where you were this time last year - you didn't think you would be in Beijing a year later.
You're amazing! Every conversation I hear about the Paralympics, someone mentions your name and what an incredible athlete you are. You inspire so many of us!
I have a friend about to go down the very same road as you (has just finished chemo and has surgery in two weeks' time). He has read everything on this website and hopes he can have half of your courage. You have nothing left to prove but inspiring people with your courage is way up there.
Congratulations on the journey so far, good luck with the road race, and enjoy the rest of the experience.
Liz Swanton