TourdeCrawf Day One – BLOG from Dr MitchJune 20, 2013
There’s a great quote from the movie The Incredibles, which goes along the lines of: “If everyone is special, no-one is.” Shane Crawford proves that everyone indeed isn’t special. He is.
I rolled out of Crown Casino this morning with a sense of both excitement and trepidation. If truth be known, I had some serious misgivings about the preparedness of this great footballer, for a 3600km ride across the Nullarbor on a pushy. He had flippantly talked about rides on his partner’s mountain bike. He had joked about the relative delicacy of his undercarriage. And he didn’t seem that switched into game mode. With all the distractions of his busy life, who could blame him?
But after a short distance into today’s ride, I could see I had read it wrong. The jokes were just a cover for a steely determination and self confidence, that comes with having achieved at the very highest level. He was switched on, revelling in the experience of a grand send off by the Yarra even if the morning was a little too brisk. Had it been raining, there wouldn’t have been a difference in attitude. Shane Crawford is clearly here with the brain switched on!
We had a few equipment failures today, that saw no data collected on Shane’s bike. This has all been sorted for tomorrow, so you’ll get a to see all the numbers and an explanation in the next update. I did collect HR, power, distance, cadence and speed from my bike, all of which you can see in the images attached or by the links provided below. I had an average HR of 128bpm, with a power of 150 watts. But over a 6 hour period, that’s a lot of work. We averaged 27km/h for the 165km.
Shane is going to need all his guile and athletic panache to achieve the monumental task ahead. And that’s just tomorrow! He’ll need more than sheer determination to get the job done. Luckily, he’s got a great team preparing him each day and I’m going to do my very best impression of Tenzing Norgay, the Sherpa who helped Sir Edmund Hilary climb Mt Everest.
There weather is going to be challenging tomorrow- a 1C start on the year’s shortest day. And in the great (and very appropriate) words of Ned Ryerson from Groundhog Day: “Better get your booties on, it’s coldddd outside!”
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Links to Heart Rate data: