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My 2014 Storify

2014 was a good year, worked hard, learnt new tricks, upped my game, still motivated.
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Thanks for your continued support:

Here’s my best of  2014 Storify


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At the point of cracking

“When you’re in the middle of a race and working hard it can be difficult to tell if the bargaining means that you are appropriately adjusting your goal or if it means that you are backing off because you’ve cracked” (Carrie Cheadle)

 

Carrie Cheadle’s snippet below flashed me back to bargaining at the last 24 hour race, when accumulatively things got tough, the mental negotiations voiced like someone was talking right beside me and at the point of cracking this back and forth battle distracted me on the bike.   When your at the hour where its neither night nor morning, sleep deprived, still battling on the bike, at your threshold of pain, gas tank empty, I wonder if there’s a point where you’ve cracked already but just working through it.

 

When you’re pushing yourself to the limit one of the natural things that happens for many athletes is that you start bargaining with yourself. When you’re in the middle of a race and working hard it can be difficult to tell if the bargaining means that you are appropriately adjusting your goal or if it means that you are backing off because you’ve cracked. It reminds me of a quote by General George S. Patton who also happened to be an Olympic Pentathlete, “Now if you are going to win the battle, you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up.” Sometimes if you can just wait long enough to get through that moment when you want to stop, it can be enough to keep you going. This would have to be a strategy that you’ve practiced and that you’ve committed to before your race. It can be waiting until the next marker and taking a deep breath, it can be singing through a song, it can be visualizing your favorite scene from your favorite comedy in detail … anything to get you to hold on for a moment instead of immediately feeding into the desire to stop. The moment when you start to crack, if you can commit to doing something else first, and then deciding if you can keep going, sometimes it can get you through that moment– or prolong it just a bit.

Pain cave around 6am

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Doing something else to get through a rough patch in shorter races is one thing, having to revisit this every hour or lap for 24 hours can be more complicated.  When dealing with discomfort over ultra distance pain seems to reach a max where it hurts no more no less, but its the mental drain of the whole situation that seems to be the factor influencing the decision to stop to recharge or stop to quit.

Canmore 24hr in July I had bad feet from lap4, a bit early to be figuring just how your going to finish a race, slightly stressed it took a good few laps to figure a plan and get the mind back in control.  The body is tough but its as strong as the mind makes it, without the mental direction the body is like a 4 year old that wants to stop at the slightest inconvenience.  At this point I find myself splitting into 2 persons, the 44 year old that wants to win and the 4 year old that’s actually riding and wanting to stop.

Follow a 24solo guy in all sorts of trouble you could observe a neurotic individual that one might think has lost his shit, talking to oneself, moving awkwardly, communicably unresponsive and if observed closely you might see what it looks like when a person is battling itself.

So what do you do with a 4 year old ?  From parental experience you give it small digestible tasks to get through at a time, so I set out on a kai-zen approach building laps increments at a time.  Mentally taking over what your doing, strategising where to coast on course, where to work, figuring alternative lines and where to grab pain relief stamps authority over the situation, keeping the mind engaged and in control directing the body to move and how.  Before long this focus of minimizing damage, managing discomfort, shifting positions, adjusting movements, telling yourself to shutup at the same marker on course become routine and part of the norm.

Reaching this point a refocus on racing is a reinforcement that the mind is running the show, it can bring you back to life, back in the chase and arm you with a new lease of strength, urgency and determination.  This is the beauty of 24hr racing, you may undergo a slump for a few hours, reach rock bottom, but there is time to soul search, regroup and come out the otherside still battling like a warrior.

24hr racing is not for everyone, but for an event to force one to reach a state of primal survival, to persevere and overcome challenge is synonymous to life and wish everyone could experience this.

 

Cracking is an option if you let it happen, its not compulsory, our bodies are tough but our minds are tougher.

“Your tougher than you think you are and you can do more than you think you can.” – Ken Chlouber, Leadville 100 Race Director

 

Fernie Flyer

Canmore Twenty Four Hour

“Suffering is a state before our purification and wisdom is healed pain” – I’m hoping I will be in receivership of these for this twofour was all about enduring discomfort.

 

Results

Jesse Mong 24hr Solo Canmore 2014

The dismount and walk through the transition was as painful as descending, I tried to hide it

40+ category 3rd place, 17 laps, 300km, 26,000ft gain, 2 crashes, 1 mechanical, 1 failed light battery.

Jesse Mong 24hr Solo Canmore 2014

 

 

 

 

 

Jesse Mong 24hr Solo Canmore 2014

 

 

 

 

 

Big thanks to:

Straightline
Swiftwick
Maxxis
Elk Valley Chiro
FTM Nutrition
Sugoi
Crankbrothers
Rudy Project
Giant Bicycles

for the support, this was a breakthrough race for me accomplishing a couple key things I haven’t been able to do in the past and I`m stoked.

 

Breakdown

Prep for a midday start began around 7am munching a light breakfast over a couple hours, 3 Sportmulti, 2 SkratchLab SDM.

Eating solids from the beginning the staple lap food was 1/4 banana & dumpling and over the course of the race consumed 11 bottles Roctane, 4 bottles SkratchLabs SDM, 4 bags of Chomps,  3 slices pizza, 1 can coke, 1 coffee and a saving grace of 800mg or something of sodium in 1 cup chicken broth and a packet of ichiban noodles over the midnight hours.

Giant XTC Hardtail and El Cabus

Giant XTC Hardtail and El Cabus

The day started as planned with laps in the 1:10:00 range, but by Lap4 the feet were trouble.  The week prior I stayed off the bike to rest the feet for they were killing me then and they were killing me now.

Lap5 in 3rd creeping up on #33 in 2nd, I thought to pin it on the down to bridge the gap but went down hard.  Mechanical 1 bent shifter / no barrel adjustment, I ride the lap out holding shifter down into gear and El Cabus in the pit did some magic and its resume the chase for 3rd place rolling out a blue collar Lap6.

Lap7 was lights mounting, new Swiftwick twelves and a reset of clothes, the hunger was there and over the next 3 laps got down chickenbroth, noodles, pizza, coke and chips.

Lap 8, 9 still on the hunt for 3rd place guy, first time running the NiteRider750 I found low and medium too dim for the dusty conditions and had to run high beam, burning this in 1 lap I switched to L&M light to have the battery quit 10 minutes into the lap, switched on the backup NR Lumina 350 and had a pretty weirdly handlebar lit darkish lap.  With all the regular food consumption in these laps the stomach was slightly upset and calling for Roctane, for this was the only drink that was settling the tummy which was perfect.

Lap 10 we roll into 2nd place, Bartlet (Cafe) is 1hour up the road but Franks (Pedalhead) is close behind, again I try to loosen up on the downhill and go down hard. Coming into pit shaking off crash 2 same right side with a clothes change, some food, its back out with some urgency in my manner cause I can smell the Franks diesel engine.

Jesse Mong 24hr Solo Canmore 2014

 

 

Lap 11, 12 Bartlet is gone, still holding off the Franks diesel engine, the tummy is growling, the couple crashes are taking their toll and my feet – forget about it !

Lap 13 the Franks diesel cruises by, taking his wheel we enter the pit, this aint road racing folks I attacked through the feed zone to get my food up the road, from there I threw down what I could at 5am in the morning reaching the first downhill stretch, pinning it good hitting the lines floating the roots, I thought for sure I could stay away this lap.  Reaching my crux climb that was pushing all my pain buttons, I hear an all familiar hub and turn to see Franks, !@#$ dang, a moment battle two abreast in a single lane, Franks passes and drops me on the climb.

Now the plan for Lap 14-17 its finish strong with 1:30:00 laps to fit within the cutoff and suck up the pain shooting around my body.  Bartlet’s pit gave me a coffee, my Wife massaged my feet for circulation and we finished the last 4 laps in the pain cave, with 2 laps in the rain to make things complete.

 

A great day racing made possible by my Wife and El Cabus in the formula 1 pit. And to Bartlet (Cafe), Franks (Pedalhead) that was fun boys thanks.

Jesse Mong 24hr Solo Canmore 2014

 

 

 

Fernie3 Stage3

2014 Fernie3 Stage3

The motivation of this day is to tour the singletrack throughout Mt Fernie Provincial Park and Fernie Alpine Resort

(Event Director Dan Savage)

Sherwoody Forest

Stage3 Start

Monday June 30th, start at 9AM

 

Route by GPS

Stage3 Garmin Course -  http://www.strava.com/activities/153573241

(Create your .GPX and .KML files from the courses above)

 

Route by trail

This day should be a race track, where fast singletrack stoke will be broken up with signature Fernie climbs, Fernie3 population looking to do this in 3 hours, mid pack 2 1/2hrs and 2 hrs for fast groups.

 

Start line: Fernie Alpine Resort Plaza

Straight into business on Cedar rd climb to View Trail, turn right to drop to Verbotten.

From Verbotten, connect to Lizard lake trail, to Rail trail and up Hot tub chute road to descend Lazy Lizard to Project9 road to Lower Project9 to Lazy Lizard.

Cedar valley road, to Park connector trail, to climb Stove trail to descend Dem bones.

Fernie Mt Prov park to Sherwoody, to Stumpy, Happy Gilmar, to descend Old Goat.

Climb Gorby trail, climb Cedar road around Gorby bowl, sharp right to Boom trail, Boom road to Elk chair.

Descend Bens big rig to Deer trail, to Bin Logdin, to Rumplestumpskin, to Finish.

Finish line: Fernie Alpine Resort Plaza

 

 

Fernie3 Stage3 Elevation

 

 

Fernie3 Stage2 Route

2014 Fernie3 – Stage2

Our trails have flow, but when setting a route its not really the trails that create the perception of flow its the connectors to the trails that helps continue flow, so we are looking at the finer details of the riding path at the Fernie3

(Event Director Dan Savage)

 

Fernie singletrack flow

Stage2 Start

Sunday June 29th, start at 9AM

 

Route by GPS

Stage2 Strava Segment - http://www.strava.com/segments/7340104

Stage2 – Version2 Strava Segment - http://www.strava.com/activities/149602698

Stage2 – Version2 Strava Segment -  http://www.strava.com/activities/156489679

Stage2 Garmin Course - http://connect.garmin.com/course/6788673

(Create your .GPX and .KML files from the courses above)

 

Route by trail

After the Fernie signature Hypervent, this days route is to give a up down feel with the least amount of congestion. Fernie3 population looking to do this in 3 hours, mid pack 2 1/2 hrs and 2hours for the fast groups .

 

Start line: Fernie Hotel

Facing westerly, a controlled start from 1st Ave to 4th Street to Pine Avenue to Coal Creek Road to Montane Community Barn,
From Montane Community Barn take Double track to Roots, to HyperVent, to descend Roots Hyper Extension,
Exit Roots Hyper Extension, left on River Road climb to Up-Rooted, descend to Montane Community Barn,
Climb Cemetery By Pass to Kiddy Up to Queen V, to Eco-Terrorist, exit turning right on Ridgemont Road,
Enter Eric’s Trail, turn left on Kid’s Stuff Connector, exit out of Kids stuff, turn left on to Ridgemont Road,
Turn right climb Dead Fall to R Trail to Kush, to Kushier, to Kushiest to Ridgemont Road,
Turning right onto Ridgemont Road, pin it on road for a few minutes to Coal Discovery Trail trail head,
Flow Coal Discovery Trail to Stumpy trail, to 4th Street, to 1st Ave finish

Finish line: Main St

 

Fernie3 Stage2 Elevation

Fernie3 Stage1

2014 Fernie3 – Stage1

I love a flowy start to races with a gradual narrowing of the initial path and a gradual elevation gain to make the front group selection, its nicer for everyone

(Martin Vale, Fernie3 Race Director)

 

Highroller 100

Stage1 Start

Saturday June 28th, start at 9AM

 

Route by GPS

Talking to race direction their motivation is to have the best day out on the bike in Fernie and be able to hangout after and talk about it.

To enjoy all these trails its best knowing where to go, so here’s where to go on Stage1, download your courses here.

Stage1 Strava Segment - http://www.strava.com/segments/7335889

Stage1 Garmin Course - http://connect.garmin.com/course/6782642

(Create your .GPX and .KML files from the courses above)

 

Route by trail

The motivation for this route is smooth climbing with downhill flow, short and sweet, fast guys 1.45hr, mid pack 2hrs, general population 2.5hrs, first timers – some of the best westerly views.

Start line: Fernie Hotel

From Road, to Wide dirt, to wide grassy field, to Stumpy double track (theres plenty of overtaking room and time for the race to calm to a pace line before hitting singletrack on Sidewinder).

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Facing easterly, a controlled start from 6th Street to 2nd Ave to 13th Street to Railway Avenue, adjoin Stumpy Trail head west to 13th Street to Sidewinder trail head.

Climb Sidewinder to R-Trail to Kids Stuff, descend to Splitting Bears, to Ridgemont Road, climb to What’s Up Doc,

Descend What’s Up Doc, to Scary Trail to Coal Creek Road,

Coal Creek Road to Montane Community Barn,

Climb Up-Rooted, climb to Roots to Hyper Extension to Castle Rocks,

Castle Rocks to Southern Comfort to Cokato Road,

Roll Cokato Road, Spin to town via Pine Avenue.

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Finish line: Fernie Hotel

 

 

When you hit the finish maybe check our local brews;

“In the spirit of #MTB try the Fernie Brewing P9 Pilsener”

First lap crash fix

Season opener Salty Dog – 16th May

Season opener and after a long winter this man and his dog mission was a much needed cabin fever breaker.

 

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Salty dog is a 3 day mission to relax, drink coffee, get some miles in, switch into race mode for a day then take a long drive home.

This time round its rain for the first 20 hours, weather clearing to blue skies for a fun slick practice ride on Saturday, to downpour overnight clearing to a chilly blue sky race morning.

 

Mud made everything technical on this weekend and with a good ride Saturday I was confident in how the @Maxxis #IKONs were grabbing Salmon Arm mud and launched into race day.

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Making an earlier move stick during Lap1 I found myself overclocking brokenFronta bit of speed on the down.  Slipping off the muddy line squaring off with a tree, I avoided the hunk of wood but not the ground, on track for a few fast 40min laps turned to a broken front brake and a tentative Lap2, Lap3.

Straight to the @GiantBicycles tent, Shane had my lever zipped, taped and usable, I wasn’t feeling any pain at the time, ate and continued.

The right time to make a move would have been Lap3 when the mud ruts were flattened and the trail was starting to dry out.

With a bit of pep taken out of my kick, Lap4, Lap5 I settled into my blue collar 24hr pace, now the track was drying out, descending speed was increasing and Lap6 my crash side arm was having trouble holding on.

With all things considered, 7 Laps 11th place was to be this years result, there was time for an 8th but the mind&body was saying Seven is good, the fueling plan went perfect, pace was consistent, my @GiantBicycles #XTC was lightning fast, lets get this show on the road and home.

 

If there was am impressive component to the weekend it was @RandInnovations #Momentum.  A weekend of challenging spring conditions and 6 hours of racing in wet grit, drying mud, my drivetrain ran smooth all race with just one application on the day, I don’t remember thinking or cursing my drivetrain and amazingly my chain was clean at the end of 6 hours.  @RandInnovations #Momentum is by far the best product I have ever used.

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Next up: Organ Grinder 5hour marathon race – Canmore AB.