Wan Dae 09

An early start on the Saturday morning saw us arrive at the start point for The Wan Dae 09.

This point was different from last year meaning we were at the bottom of the Pentlands 172m above sea level.

At the check in we were given our Sport Ident Dibber, normally we get one each but that had changed and as we move along the line signing in, getting race numbers, I stuck my wrist out for the dibber strap and I was sealed in.

Smithy moved along and stuck his wrist out to be told there was only one per team ! I was Dibber Bitch for the day.

Race brief over Gary took us on a wee run to scatter the teams at the start, we picked maps up and tried to pick a logical and tactical route round the course.

The start/Finish was also the transition point between foot and bike so we instantly dumped all the extra kit.

We also decided to do the foot section first so we changed into trainers and headed up the side of Allermuir Hill, stopping to do a wee task involving crawling through a drainage pipe with water in it, easy money !

From there it got steeper, my calf’s at this point were unusually tight and I was getting pins and needles in my feet.

We scrambled on up the steep sided hill utilising sheep tracks if we could as the grass was all tussock.

From the top of Allermuir we crossed over to Caerketton Hill passing a small group of Dof E Expeditioners as we bounded down the other side on the limit of control as gravity tried to win the war.

My feet and calf muscles were starting to recover as we picked of a few more checkpoints.

We got back to the transition point just before 12 which was the cut off we had set ourselves.

The kayaking stage closed at 1pm and we did not want to miss getting an easy 100 points.

Foot to Bike transition

Off we set wizzing past the fence of Dreghorn Barracks and the through to Bonaly.

All of this on road I should of been fine but my Quad muscles felt tired and weak, was it the run or was going out on the bike on Thursday night a bad idea ?

We took in a couple more check point and dropped the plan for another in favour of getting to the kayaking.

We arrived 12:40 and stuck our jackets on as it was windy.

We set off int the double Malibu Sit on top and were wet instantly.

We got into a rhythm and soon passed others on the way to the dibber at the end of the reservoir.

As dibber bitch I had to jump out and dib the check point.

On the return Smithy had to stand up on the front of the boat and sing head shoulders, knees and toes whilst doing the actions.

This as he sat down caused cramp in the inside of his leg causing him to scream as I still paddled for the bank.

We got back to the bikes, took on liquid and some food and took off again.

The rest had done my legs good but they still were not all there.

From Threipmuir reservoir we headed for the back of Balerno taking a sneaky short cut down to a CP and back to save us a round journey !


Back on tarmac (sorry asphalt) we headed towards the ascent up towards Bavelaw Castle, last year we came down this on the way to the finish.

It was not pleasant as I got off to push.

My quads really starting to suffer we skirted round Hare hill and stopped for a munch at the top of the climb marked with a wall crossing.

I stuffed a whole bag of jerky down my face as quick as I could and followed that with a small bag of Jelly Belly Beans !

Everbody smile now !

I dont eat that much when exercising but today was an exception.

Back on the bike we took off passed Loganlea Res along some nice  track.

Branching off at Logan Cottage along a very boggy track to pick a check point where Smithy fell off last year.

Back on the main track we headed for the ranges for a check point hidden in the Fort.

The CP was hidden in a chamber which meant I had to get on hands and knees to get to the box to dib.

We cut through between Harbour Hill and Bell’s Hill on nice single track with a bit of downhill to Currie.

At the saddle we paused for a couple of pics.


And now he smiles

It was on the road to Currie we hit over 60km/ph with childish woops and screams.

We cut along the cycle track next to the Water of Leith for 2km to pick up another CP this time it was up a slope under the A720.

Double backing on our selves we passed back through Currie.

After a quick food break we had a bit climbing, I got half way and then pushed as my legs were done !

Contouring around Warklay Hill on nice single track boosted our morale, it was almost 17:30 hrs

Back through Bonaly and the posh houses of Colinton we pushed on with the buzz of wasted energy on the road.

An entertaining roundabout manoeuvre and we were metres away from the finish with minutes to spare before the 18:oo hrs cut off.

We dibbed on the finish and checked back in as I was freed from the dibber strap.

I was done ! my legs had nothing left in them which was a bit disappointing.

All the bike training has obviously eaten in to my hill fitness.

I think for the next few weeks I am going to try and up the miles on the bike but try and do some foot miles as well.

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5 thoughts on “Wan Dae 09

  1. Good lad. I like tales of suffering when I’m not in them.
    Good point about hill/bike legs. I’ll be sunk as well.

  2. Well done fella,

    Sounds like a great mission. A word about your leggies:

    Adding more mileage is the classic, and largely pointless solution people come up with to solve the issue of endurance. Without going too far into it, I reckon what did you in is intensity. You’d have gone out hard and tried to maintain a good pace. Much more so than the “training” (read: sociable mincing) you do with Petesy. The legs failed you because they aren’t used to going that hard for that long. Don’t worry too much. You’ll be resting loads and taking it easy on the Big Ride.

    In terms of upping your training, I’d take a leaf out of the CrossFit Endurance book and do some of their workouts. Much higher intensity, but makes actually doing an exped seem like a picnic. A side note is that there is plenty of time to slot these workouts in without much hassle. They’re short duration. The problem with ‘upping the miles’ is that it drags out training time and means that you lose something at either end. Usually sleep. This means recovery. This means training into the inescapable pit of overtraining.

    Don’t up the miles. It won’t help. Doing the Glen Loin or perhaps Ardgarten loop is training enough in terms of distance. It trains technique and arse endurance, which by now will be fine anyway. The CFE workouts during the week are worth their weight in gold. Whichever one of you two decides to actually listen to me will leave the others in the dust.

    Well done though. Your wee account gave me a taste for a race next year. I fancy the Deerstalker barefoot or maybe a Rat Race.

  3. Cheers mate !
    I will have a look at the CFE workouts
    It was a classic Gary route slightly more “sporty” than the one John Boy sets.
    There is a Glasgow event soon ! OOPS I have said too much, I can hear the footsteps.

  4. Cant get the links to work !

  5. Aye,

    WordPress.com, or this theme, has done something weird to them.



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