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Mark McPhilips @ Trans Scotland 2007

Day 1: Selkirk to Moffat; 70km, 2100m climbing

Day 1 came as a bit of a shock!

I thought I was in good shape but I was having a really bad day. I started to doubt whether I had done enough training. I had changed my training from last year. Out with the mega long rides in with the high quality hard for 3 to 4 hour rides etc. All day I was behind schedule trying to ride at mainly fat burning intensity to save energy.

Mak getting wet at Trans Scotland 2007

I can’t remember much about the riding this day, most of it did not feel like fun and there was so much pushing/carrying your bike it made the ‘3 Peaks’ feel easy. I made the cut off time by 15mins. I was exhausted, wet and miserable and really could not understand why I had entered this event if this was how it made me feel.

Then without warning the sun started shining and everything was fine.

the MTBers 10th Oct 2007