Saturday, November 25th, 2017

Crocodile Preparation final days

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After nearly six months in the planning the start of the Croc Trophy is only four days away. The build up had been going really well until a major chest infection put a big dent in the training and it was touch and go whether I would be able to get back to training at all before the event. Thankfully I rolled the dice and got back into training early into my second round of antibiotics but was careful to stay out of the red zone. Gradually the legs and chest came good and I managed to put in a reasonable, if not stunning, last few weeks of training. The day before heading off to Cairns I had a spill at the You Yangs and took a lot of skin off my shin. Unfortunately that would mean a lot of care and attention to prevent infection in the tropics and even worse meant I had to stay out of the water in Cairns.

The sinus infection that accompanied the chest was refusing to go away and I feared that my nasal polyps may have returned. And I was right. A short course of meds to shrink the polyps and I was back to feeling good again and left the sinus infection in the dust.

And dust is what I will have to contend with over the next few weeks in big doses. The weather here is oppressive and so glad I came early for acclimatisation – for mental and physical reasons. Been great hanging out with Wynne and Sarah at Mission Beach despite having to spectate the swimming activities from the sidelines…

On the bike preparation front most things are looking set but a few nagging issues. I have had issues with one of my new tyres which is hopefully resolved. Perhaps more worrying is the fact that my hydration set up (triathlon cage mounted on the seat post) is simply not going to work. The bottles go flying any time I hit rough stuff so I may have to revert to plan B (bottle in back pocket) or plan C (camelbak), or combination of the two. I really want to avoid the camelbak given the heat and the fact that it cannot be refilled during the race and that it makes it hard to access food in pockets. I will sort that out over coming days. My new wheels are with a bike shop in Cairns as I had trouble getting the tyres to hold pressure on them but apparently they are looking OK… I have decided that I will probably carry a spare tyre for all but the most mountainous stages where I will want to keep the weight down. Will be sharing a room then tent with Jess Douglas for two weeks and there will be some very weary late night and early morning conversations no doubt…

Big thanks to Enduro Magazine for getting me on the start grid and huge thanks to Bicycles Inc in Melbourne and Giant for hooking up the new 29′er with full XTR. The rest I now fear is up to me.

82kg of luggage between Sarah and I to Cairns, plus a lot of hand luggage...

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