Norm and I returned home from Europe on the 30th July, for me it was after nearly 7 weeks of sunshine, bike rides, looking after other people, sleeping as much as I could and enjoying my time doing something different to the normal grind.
Its now time to share where I went, who I did it with and the finale that was 4 days in Paris.
Opportunity comes from time to time and its in saying Yes that it becomes real.
David and Emma from Top Bike Tours asked Norm and I to do guiding work for them in 2016, for me it was in Corsica, Italy and France and Norm just the last two, arriving 2 weeks later.
Of course we said YES!
There were a few clinchers, like lots of Euro driving and Norm driving the bike laden trailer from Italy to France over 600km but as always we gained confidence from knowing that there is always a first time for everything and we wouldn't be the first to be out of our comfort zones.
The “ladies” saddle to end soreness, chafing, red raw stinging and all that lovely stuff!
My name is Jess Douglas.
I am 43 years old, have given birth in the normal way (need I say more?), have a backside not too generous but the hip bones are sufficiently childbearing.
But more importantly I am a woman that rides bikes, a lot and have done so all my life.
Much too much to report...life is full and as I would have it, its busy and time is scarce.
Let me fill you in.
I had a great February, trained and raced really well in the 10th Giant Odyssey. Nothing to complain about there.
Back on the bandwagon pronto and off to work for a week at Mt Buller with a school group.
Hard work but riding and guiding on the mountain was and always is a blessing.
There was a big race I turned down to attend my 10th Odyssey, it was the World Solo 24hr champs in Rotorua and apparently it was a course the would have suited me..blah blah…
Well back in 2007 I promised myself after hurting a lot on the inaugural Otway Odyssey that I would do every single 100km Odyssey until the event ceased or I did.
There is no doubt I am not alone here, work hard in most parts of my life but put off the small things that end up mattering.
Eg: Massage. I need one, but don’t have the time.
Hair. OMG, it is so dry and brittle with grey hairs poking through everywhere, but hey I use the purple blonde shampoo that spruces up the highlights and a hair tie. These things allow me to extend the hair appointment being made for up to 3 months.
Sleep. I want to have 10 hours a day but generally am stoked to get 7. By the end of the week I am a cranky mess.
Blog. Oh yeah, I have one, when did I update that last? Wow sometime in early November!