Jess Douglas

Nearly there...race day looming

24 October 2013
Indoor Training

The Build

As I said in the last blog post, these events are always a tick box of processes to follow.
Everything from packing your gear, nutrition, lights to booking accommodation, riding the trails, delivering on media commitments and getting sleep!

When I got back from Mongolia after being sick and then after some R & R in Townsville, I only had 3.5 weeks to build form for the Worlds. Mongolia built form nicely, then I got sick, then I lost about 3kg in about 4 days and then I spent the rest of the time enjoying the sunshine and riding in Townsville.
Arriving home it was staring me in the face that I must do something.
Had a quick chat to my coach and mentor David Heatley about how I would do this.
We spoke about mental approach and if I thought I could gain any form in this time.
I said, yes, Yes I can, lets do this.
And so I laid out in my head, I have “X” amount of sessions to achieve in this time, I was doing 2 a day on the bike and core. Nothing long as I was too busy with work related responsibilites to spend 4-6 hrs on

WEMBO World Solo 24hr Championships - Canberra 2013 the history

22 October 2013
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The longer I leave this post race recollection, the harder it gets, so many various stories have entered my mind on how to retell this journey I have been on.

Perhaps I will start at the very very start, just briefly.

To remind you my reader, I first got excited about riding and racing back in late 1992 when Norm and I moved to the Gold Coast. Norm's brother, Rick, had a few mountain bikes and lived in Nerang. We went for a ride in Nerang State Forest on some trails and whilst I was totally scared and did cry

Rest Recovery and Friendship in Townsville

18 September 2013
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Rest and Recovery in Townsville
Arriving back from Mongolia last week in Melbourne on Tuesday 10th September, I had more work to do before checking into my hotel room and then flying the next morning out to Townsville.
Norm helped me re pack my bags, bike bags and road bike so that I could leave my Mongolia gear behind with him to take home to Forrest.

I could not fathom going home first with a 2hr drive home, 2hrs back to airport. It was far easier to just stay here.

What made things a little on the tough side was that since

Riding the Lust 27.5 2

17 September 2013
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Riding the Lust 27.5 2

A couple of years ago, I loved my 26” Anthem Advanced SL 0 – black stealthness it was the bomb.
I even won the WEMBO 24hr Solo champs in Italy on 2 of these awesome bikes in May 2012.
I did however have a XTC 29'er in my stable as well, racing this for marathon style events and shorter races.

What I loved mostly about the 26” bikes I owned was their ability to ride with me on the trail.

Me and the bike, we just rode, changed direction, sped up, climbed hard, accelerated quick, jumped, mono hopped,

Mongolia Bike Challenge - The Last few days

15 September 2013
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Mongolia Bike Challenge...the last few days

I don't even know what day it is as I write this, I just know that I no longer have to pedal my bike on Mongolian soil for the rest of our trip. The race is over.

How did I fare? Well to be honest it was a lot of hard work and fierce competition from up front and from behind. I finished 4th overall in the females yet I am pleased to say that my tolerance to pain and ability to come good improved a lot. My time gaps to Erin Greene who