Jess Douglas

Otways Odyssey 2010 - Oh crap!

22 February 2010

Otway Odyssey 2010 Race Report

Well that was a toughie if ever there was one!

Here I am at 6:30am ready to race, did I know what was to come?

I knew I was going to hurt. 

I knew I was not in top form...but I just hoped I could pull a trick somewhere!

Initially up the climb, I was not too far back of the lead group, only a minute behind.  Then we entered the private property and I just felt the energy leave my legs.  I wondered how I was going to continue to find anything extra apart from just pedalling and moving forward.

In the end that was what I had to do.  Draw upon my local knowledge and just keep taking another pedal stroke. I dropped a chain, stopped and fixed it and watched no less than 4 girls pass me.  Probably was going to happen legs were sapped already and we were still in the private property in the Heavy Smoker section. 

Finally when I reached the Mt Sabine fire tower I was keen to pedal a bit faster.  West Barwon Tk and Noonday were my faves.  The uphills hurt and the

Training - week 4 started

23 March 2010

The Otway Odyssey was a great eye opener to where I need to be by October 2010.

Back into proper scheduled training one week later, it is now the beginning of week 4 of building a new and more "sound" base.

My attitude is relaxed and purposeful, ticking off the days with the knowledge that I have done the work needed to work towards the grand goal of the World Solo 24hr MTB Champs in Canberra in 2010.

Giant and De Grandi's are really coming on board with great support and belief in me.
Jet Black Products are also excited and continue to back

Why on earth does time go by so quickly these days...

04 May 2010

Why on earth does time go by so quickly these days..
It was only last week I updated this website and now its like nearly 4 weeks later - what the?

After the SOLO 24hr champs at Easter, I made the decision not to go to the Australian Marathon Champs at Avoca.  I seriously could not be bothered with more logistics of travel and accommodation.
Great decision by me - did a road race at Geelong Cycling Club on the Saturday and social ride with Ben, Norm and Peter at Forrest on the Sunday, followed by movie, dinner and coffee with many peeps in the