18 January 2011

Quote of the Day: Mike Singletary

"Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play." - Mike Singletary (American Footbal player and coach)

And that about sums up my feelings right now, as I am full-steam-ahead in regards to recovering from breaking my pelvis (in four places!) 3 months ago. The fractures now feel quite intact, the muscles are firing away, and I am enjoying swimming, walking, spinning, and some incredibly annoying stretching exercises. Movement is a blessing.  (more on my recovery and big goals for the year ahead later). 

Right now I am wishing I was in Adelaide, Australia, watching the Tour Down Under. What a brilliant idea to have a stage race based in one city, where all the riders and fans stay together in one location day after day. I hear the viewing tents and mall area are great fun. The ability to ride out to different parts of the course is convenient for cyclists, logistics are much easier for the ProTeams, and the atmosphere of simply being there seems fantastic. Just the fact that the Tour Down Under's Get Involved section on their official website is so large says a lot. Australia does it right.

I am also wondering if Phil Liggett M.B.E. (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) is wondering if he was the personal target for the idea of the matching kits in the Peloton in 2011 (Team Sky, Garmin, and Leopard Trek). Poor man, he has always gotten the men confused in the last 3 km as is, now it will be one big blur to commentate on the finishing sprints. No worries mate, he may generate some new Liggettisms.