Its been 2 weeks since I raced at the Australian 24hr SOLO Mountain bike championships at Mt Stromlo.
For most of us that race these events, its not just the body that needs time to recover, its our mental wellbeing, and that means the capacity to put the race into words, apologies for the suspense.
Last year in 2014 Norm and I turned up to the Scott 24hr as I was not going over to Scotland to defend my World Champion title.
Red Bull Bushrangers 12hr MTB Enduro at Jubberland, Castlemaine, September 26th 2015.
The short notice of the 12hr race held an appeal for me in many aspects.
I had been methodically training since my return from Italy at the start of June.
With already eleven weeks of training and progression and the aim to turn up to the Aussie national 24hr solo champs on October 10th & 11th the timing of this event was almost perfect.
The Long Awaited Battle.I had heard it on the grapevine, Kate Penglase was keen to race me before she went off to the WEMBO World Solo 24hr Champs in Weaverville.
We had a 45 min tussle at the Geelong MTB Club No Frills Friday in a handicap and she came out victorious but it was hard to tell what might have happened had we been in a head to head.
Kate has been on the 24hr and Vic Enduro series scene for a few years now. In fact I even think I was still coaching one of her support crew and good friends at the time she was racing me.
She has a fast start and can go hard and if you work at something methodically enough over a period of time you are going to learn and you will get better.
Meanwhile back at the Jess ranch, the past few years have been spent building businesses and working hard at other ventures that include bikes, but not so much on a bike.
I don’t dare sandbag, for I still tried my hardest, even if I had put on excess kilos, and trained less, I still always did what I could so that on race day I had something in my lungs and legs and the rest was done with my mind. The will, the desire to do my best and leave nothing out there, no regrets with what I turn up with on the day.
It was a few months ago now that I was gifted with the 2015 Liv 27.5 Lust Advanced 0 from Giant. This years colours are to my liking with aqua purple and black giving it a feminine and strong appearance.
Stoked to get the new bike, I was only a few weeks off receiving my aftermarket special delivery of XTR goodness to stick on this lovely Lust. The conversation with Mitch at Shimano went something like this,”Jess would you like to try out the Di2 XTR gear this year on your no.1 bike?” and my answer went something like this, “Yes MITCH, yes please, that would be awesome and I would love to…did I sound too eager?”
Of course my return came with the onset of winter here in Australia and the winter solstice too, the shortest day in our year.
Norm and I returned to Melbs at 5:20am on a Wednesday morning, after losing 8hrs and basically one nights sleep I thought life would be not too bad, head out for a ride that night at the You yangs and slip back into my ride schedule all hunky dory.