The morning drive from Dunfermline to Elgin was just stunning, with snow-dusted hills just visible beneath the cloud off the A9
Work in Elgin was testing, but rewarding and I finished in plenty of time to get to Strathpeffer and meet Devs. I like Devs, he's great, and he tolerates my tourist yaddering the entire ride. I couldn't help it, Scotland is exciting! Beautiful trees, fabulous views, great people and really fun riding.
The course is really enjoyable and I liked it a lot. The climbs are steady spins which is perfect for a 24 hour race. I'm not a big fan of technical climbing at the best of times, but when absolutely shattered it is a deal breaker. The descents were 'blue' level mostly, but with the occasional feature that will catch people out. I am very grateful to Devs for talking me through the course on the first lap, warning of anything which may be a problem, such as the bridge crossings and places that ice up badly. Oh and scary skeletons in the woods.
That's enough about the future. It's easy to get distracted by thinking about things that have yet to happen, rather than spending time in the here and now. Much better to just appreciate being amongst the lichen covered trees, looking far more ancient than they actually are, lit up by our lights. Wonderful.