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Old 10-07-06, 06:40 PM
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Seagull Century rider reports

I thought I'd start one. I can't believe no one else posted anything yet. Derath was going...any one else make it out today?

I was planning to metric century ride with five others from work but they all bailed at the last minute for various reason (mostly the weather outlook). I left my place at 5:15AM and it was plenty cold (upper 40s) so I was pretty worried but at least it wasn't raining. The rains came on the way to Salisbury but the temperatures also came up a bit to the mid 50s as I drove. I got there at 7:05AM just at it was getting light. By the time I was being ushered into the parking lot there were plenty of people already rolling by on there way.

Since I was all alone for this ride I didn't hang around long after getting everything out of the truck. I rolled out of the University on my own at 7:35AM. The first part of the ride wasn't to bad although it rained lightly. The wind was either a cross wind or slight tail wind at times for the first part of the ride. I was going pretty fast and passing plenty of others in large groups. I kept a good pace and at about 13 miles decided it was time for a drink. I reached down and grabbed for a bottle.... oh $hit... I forgot them in the truck. I quickly surmised that adding 26miles to a century wouldn't be a good idea. I hoped that the coming rest stop about 7-8 miles down the road would have some cups or a bottle of water. I had ridden this one last year and the rest stops were placed close enough that I might be able to make it.

I got to the rest area and there were no cups to be found. I knew there was no way I could do the whole ride without a drink. There were a bunch of women welcoming the riders and cheering everyone as they entered and left the rest stop. I thought "they're going to be here for hours, women always have bottled water!". I asked and sure enough they were kind enough to give me a gatorade which fit perfectly in the water bottle cage. The smaller bottle of water didn't fit and just jumped around so I drank it and wedged it in place until the next rest stop.

The ride from the first stop at 23.5 to the second and third stops at 43 and 64 miles was all into the wind. I was riding solo and still catching plenty of people but the winds were taking their toll. The first 20miles my average was 20.3mph and by the time I reached Assategue it had dropped to a miserable 17.7mph. I was hoping to best my average speed from last year which was 19.0mph. I knew I was in better shape and much stronger so I thought I had a chance but it wasn't to be with the high winds and no help. Last year I rode probably 30-40 miles with a group of really strong club riders.

The ride across the bridge to Assategue Island was one of the worst few seconds ever on a bike. The winds were blowing about 25-30mph directly from left to right and I felt like my tires were going to blown out from under me at any second while descending the bridge at 15mph. I didn't stay long on the island and from the look of it neither did many others. There were only about 25 people there when I rolled in.

The final legs were pretty desolate and I only passed 2-3 riders and for the next 20miles. I made it to the ice cream stop at mile 84 and was feeling pretty good because the wind was at my back for quite a bit of time and I knew I'd have a tailwind for the final 16 miles. I quickly ate my ice cream and headed back out. I saw more people on the last 16miles than the previous 20 (still wonder where everyone went?). I left so quickly after having ice cream that I forgot to top off my imprompt water bottle. I rode the last 16 miles on about 4oz. of gatorade.

All in all.. not my best performance but it was still my quickest solo (no help) century. The wind was just to much today out there. The temperatures were a bit low but I was dressed for it so it was never and issue. The rain was light to medium and after about the halfway point it let up and was just replaced my the merciless wind. The organization was good as usual and the crowds seemed even smaller than last year to me. Maybe it was because I left earlier? I took a few pics. at the rest stops. If any are decent I'll post them up later. I didn't take any on the bike because it was hard enough in the rains and gusty winds without worrying about dropping my digicam.

Total time: 5hrs. 50mins.
Ride time: 5hrs. 28mins.
Average speed: 18.3mph
Distance: 100.0 miles
Max. HR: 191 (204 max.)
Ave. HR: 163 (over the whole 5:50)
Calories burned: 4013
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Ah man, wish I had known you were there. I will post my report here shortly. Just got home about 2 hours ago with the family (wife and kids hung out with my parents) and just got dinners fed and off to bed. Now I gotta clean up the kitchen and empty out my bag of soaking wet cycling clothes, upload my garmin data etc.

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I was living the dream just reading your post. Wish I had toughed it out as the weather wasn't nearly as bad as forecasted. Thanks for the great report and congrats on completing the century.

Looks like you were flying. I did 27 miles today and the wind really knocked down my average speeds. Well done.
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Originally Posted by derath
Ah man, wish I had known you were there. I will post my report here shortly. Just got home about 2 hours ago with the family (wife and kids hung out with my parents) and just got dinners fed and off to bed. Now I gotta clean up the kitchen and empty out my bag of soaking wet cycling clothes, upload my garmin data etc.-D
I knew you were going but forgot to take your number with me. It was doubtful I would have recognized you with the weather... my glasses were fogged up and wet all day.

I just got my son off to bed as well. I filled up on Bertucci's tonight and now I'm really tired. I still have to do something with my wet clothes. I got the bike washed as soon as I rolled in tonight so at least that is out of the way.

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I was living the dream just reading your post. Wish I had toughed it out as the weather wasn't nearly as bad as forecasted. Thanks for the great report and congrats on completing the century.
Thanks... I try to be descriptive. I love to read everyone elses as well. The weather wasn't that bad as long as you dressed for it. I saw people in all sorts of outfits... poncho's that looked like parachutes to just shorts and short sleeve jersey's...burr. This was my third century in the last month. It definitely looked the easiest on paper because it's flat but throw in the invisible hills (wind) and suddenly it gets tough.
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My Seagull Report

I was riding with three other people. We stayed with the relatives of one of the people I rode with in Cambridge the night before. However, it took us awhile to get ready. The night before had been long as we had gotten stuck in 2 hours of traffic before the Bay Bridge. We didn't get started until after 8:30.

We had expected a lot of rain, and there was some, but not as bad as we thought. The wind however did make it difficult. Me and one member of my group pulled ahead of the others, but we regrouped after the first rest stop. That was the last time we'd all be together until the end. As I recall the hardest part was between the first and second rest stops, as the headwind was the worst there. To make matters worse, my cyclocomputer was malfunctioning, perhaps due to being wet. So I couldn't see how fast I was really going. Soon I was all alone and just trying to keep going the best I could.

I also had a hard time on the bridge to Assateague Island. The wind was a crosswind, seemed like it was blowing at least 30 mph. I thought I was going to end up getting blown off the bridge. When I arrived at the rest stop on Assateague Island there were quite a few people there. Although they had fruit and fig newtons, I just stuck with the cranberry bread. I must have had 6 pieces.

The extra calories improved my morale and energy level. The last 40 miles between Assateague and the end went by quite fast. Between Assateague and the last rest stop, I managed to catch the tail ends of a few pacelines, so my speed picked up considerably. Also, my cyclocomputer started working properly again. By the time I reached the last rest stop I was so far ahead of those in my group it wasn't worth waiting up. I had one piece of apple pie and some ice cream, then I left.

The way back to Salisbury from the last stop was also quick. Again I managed to draft on a couple of riders, which sped things up. Plus the wind had thoroughly died down. When I pulled into Salisbury, I was a bit wet but not feeling too badly. Then I waited for the rest of the group to arrive. One member dropped out due to leg cramping, and the other two arrived around 5:45. After grabbing some dinner at Hardee's, we finally headed home.

The traffic back from Salisbury was much better than the ride in. I finally arrived back home in WV at 10:30 PM.

Total time: 7 hours 41 minutes
Riding time: 6 hours 6 minutes
Finish time: 4:19 PM.

One thing I noticed was that I spent quite a bit longer at the rest stops than I have on centuries past. Part of this was due to waiting for other members of the group. Next time I plan to spend less time stopped.
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Originally Posted by roadCruiser76
Total time: 7 hours 41 minutes
Riding time: 6 hours 6 minutes
Finish time: 4:19 PM.

One thing I noticed was that I spent quite a bit longer at the rest stops than I have on centuries past. Part of this was due to waiting for other members of the group. Next time I plan to spend less time stopped.
I know exactly what you mean. Last year, I waited around and regrouped and spent 1hr. 6mins. at the stops total. Today was only 22mins. total over the same distance. My last two centuries were similar with short and quick stops (27mins. and 44mins.<-had a flat tire). I function better when I stay moving and not stopping to long. Getting back on the bike after a 15-20 min. break kills me. 2-5mins. is all I need.
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my girlfriend emily and i did the metric today, which ended up being 70 miles... what a ride. i did it on my fixed gear, and she did it with her longest previous ride only at 20 miles. we had huge grins as we hit the finish line.. can't wait for next year.

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Well I don't have as impressive a story as either of you, but mine is funnier.

I had planned on doing the full century, but all my buddies cancelled on me. As it turns out the guy who was going with my dad on the metric cancelled on him as well. So I did the metric ride with my dad. Well sorta. We did the hidden option of the Seagull. The "Make your own Metric" option. Otherwise known as the 11 mile detour cause you missed a turn one.

The morning started off early. Took the family to my parents in annapolis friday night. Rolled out of bed around 4:30am. Got to Salisbury about 7am, but took forever to get going.

Once we were off all went well. I luckily dressed about perfectly, and had put on my new Raceblade fenders which were an added bonus. So I actually didn't mind the cold and rain too much.

Somewhere around mile 11 I think, we missed a turn. After awhile we realized we hadnt seen anyone in a bit and hadn't seen a marker. I popped to the map screen of my garmin to see we were headed right back to the start! (on the map that is where fruitland is). We stopped a flower delivery guy and tried to get directions using the map from the cue sheet. Unfortunately his directions sent us out of our way and backtracked quite a bit. About 11 miles total. I am also embarrased to say I don't know how we missed it. When we came up on the turn the second time around we saw at least 6 seagulls painted on the road and a HUGE sign pointing left!!

So we hit the first rest stop (19 miles) at our 31 miles. Oh well. We didn't stay too long at the rest stop as I didn't want to tighten up. Then back out on the road.

Pretty soon after that rest stop we had at least a 6 mile run with a straight on headwind. I think I prefer hill climbing to that wind. I felt kinda bad because I kept just getting in the drops and hammering as best as I could, but then would get too far ahead of my dad and waited for him to catch up.

When we reached a right turn to head towards rest stop #2, we noticed it was the same road that people were returning from the rest stop. My dad looked pretty beat, and he wasn't really interested in an 80 mile metric ride, so we skipped the second rest stop and cut out that part altogether.

Overall it was still "fun". I think my dad was a bit more miserable. For me the bad weather sometimes makes it a more fun challenge.

My stats aren't all that impressive, but partially because I didn't want to leave my dad behind. And heck, if you consider my stats are basically his as well, it is quite impressive. That is considering my dad just turned 60, has been riding for 2 years after probably a decade of sedentary life at 350 pounds. And now at 240 and on a hybrid he made it through that wind and rain. Of course last year was almost as bad so we knew what we were getting into this time.

Anyhow, here is the ride.

https://trail.motionbased.com/trail/i...kValue=1476245

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The trip started out for me on Friday eveneing at 5:00pm. A buddy and I left Alexandria, VA at that time and headed for the Beach. We had a condo in OC so a nice 3 hour ride was ahead of us, a nice pasta dinner and an early night to get plenty of rest. Well that didn't quite work out as planned. We got to Davidsonville, MD and spent the next 18 miles in stop and go traffic to the bridge. By the time we got to our condo (a little over 6.5 hours later) it was straight to bed for 5 hours of sleep. Our pasta dinner ended up being a quick stop at a Denny's to wolf down a few pancakes. We woke at 5:30am for a quick shower and headed out back to Salisbury. If I could I would give a review of the condo but we didnt see it in daylight and other then the bedroom and the bathroom didnt really see the inside either. Oh, well maybe next year.

Once in Salisbury things improved a little, but I'm not sure thay could have gotten any worse. (I was wrong.) We were meeting up with another buddy and his girlfriend. The girlfriend was riding and my buddy was going to be our own personnal SAG wagon. Started on the road at around 7:40am with a slight drizzle and a slight breeze. Not to bad really since I was dressed for the weather. The starting pace was very slow for use. The girlfriend is a cruiser and we we're chatting and having as much fun as possible considering the elements. She was riding the course until 2:00pm wherever that took her since she had to get back home for a party that evening. We decided to stay together until the first rest stop. From that point my buddy and I we're going to set our own pace. We did but it was after that first stop that the wind started to blow into our faces in earnest and things go bad for my bud.

By the time we got to the water break at mile 40 he was done. Wet, cold and miserable he decided to call my other friend and was bailing on me. From this point to Assateague was some tough going. Solo riding into a constant headwind was not to my liking. My buddies were at Assateague by the time I got there building sand castles and enjoying themselves. Said hi, ate a banana and got back in the saddle to continue. This part of the ride was actully fun. Tailwind; paceline; pie. All good. After just under 6 hours of saddle time and 100 miles of wind and rain I had done it.

This was my first full century and coming out of the tunnel to the cheers of the folks at Salisbury University was a really good feeling. Really Good! I'm glad I stuck it out.

A couple of questions/comments.

I know the rain was better then last year, but what about the wind for those of you who did both?

Did anybody see that guy pulling the trailer? What the he!! was that all about?

PIE IS GOOD!

Thanks for listening.
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Originally Posted by dpara
I know the rain was better then last year, but what about the wind for those of you who did both?

The wind felt about the same. But last year was a good bit warmer.

This year Wind + Rain + Cold = Trifecta of suck.

Still I managed to have a good time. Would have been happier to do the full though. I bet seeing the beach in that weather was cool.

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Originally Posted by derath
The wind felt about the same. But last year was a good bit warmer.

This year Wind + Rain + Cold = Trifecta of suck.

Still I managed to have a good time. Would have been happier to do the full though. I bet seeing the beach in that weather was cool.

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Cool is one way to descibe it although the sand blowing in your face made any long leisurely gazing out at the surf impossible.
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We (6 riders on 2 cars) left Mont. mall around 4:30AM and got to Salisbury around 7:00AM (we stopped at McD for 30' to get some breakfast), and did not roll out until 7:45AM.

The first leg of the ride was really nice, I jumped on Ocean Velo train and avg 22-23mph. After the first stop, we rode at our own pace, and chit chat all the way to the end. It was a very good experience, spending 100 miles with your friends, making fun at each other. We spent a lot of time bs'ing at each rest stop, even tried to feed a deer at the 3rd rest stop. I was more tired from laughing than riding. This is my first seagull and the easiest century I've done. I only drank 3 500ml bottles of accelerade, ate 1 apple, 3 ice cream and 1 pack of GU

Total time: 9hrs 30 mins
Ride time: 6hrs 30 mins
Avg speed: 15.5mph
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This was my second full Seagull century (last year I rode the metric it was raining so hard). As others have attested, it was rained lightly in the morning, but was dry (cloudy) in the afternoon. I rode solo but my wife and youngest son met me on Assateague Island and at the finish line as my personal cheering team/SAG wagon.

Man, was that wind brutal. I thought the third leg (between the mini-stop and the island) with the head-on wind was bad, but crossing that pedestrian bridge with the open railing onto the island and 30 mph side wind was downright wicked.

Anyway, here are my stats:

Mileage: 100.62 miles (includes a slight detour as I overshot a turn)
Time on the saddle: 6:57:10 hours
Average: 14.5 mph
Overall time: 8:30 hours

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Originally Posted by rapidcarbon
We (6 riders on 2 cars) left Mont. mall around 4:30AM and got to Salisbury around 7:00AM (we stopped at McD for 30' to get some breakfast), and did not roll out until 7:45AM.

The first leg of the ride was really nice, I jumped on Ocean Velo train and avg 22-23mph. After the first stop, we rode at our own pace, and chit chat all the way to the end. It was a very good experience, spending 100 miles with your friends, making fun at each other. We spent a lot of time bs'ing at each rest stop, even tried to feed a deer at the 3rd rest stop. I was more tired from laughing than riding. This is my first seagull and the easiest century I've done. I only drank 3 500ml bottles of accelerade, ate 1 apple, 3 ice cream and 1 pack of GU

Total time: 9hrs 30 mins
Ride time: 6hrs 30 mins
Avg speed: 15.5mph
I saw that Ocean Velo train go by me two about 35-40 miles in. There was about six of them following a minivan at about 25mph. That's cheating I thought! It was obviously with them and not just a coincidence.
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My first Century!!

I stayed in Delmar the night before and fully intended upon waking Saturday moring to BAIL and bail hard. Thanks to David and Lonnie laying on the shame, I stuck it out. From now on, my rule will be cold - rainy - windy... pick any two. The leg headed north east, about 30 miles, SUCKED! Thankfully, Lonnie and I found a couple pacelines to get us through the 15 mile an hour headwind with 27 mph gusts... ouch. The ride was suprising well attended and well supported. Thanks. Had some great conversations with some fellow riders and most everyone was a great person. There were a few hard-noses - but I guess when you're in a field of however many thousand, you're going to get that. A note to the hard-core paceline riders - you DO still have to announce when you're passing on the left. This is review for most of us, but apparently some Tour de France wannabes forgot it! )

Also - a suggestion for the organizers for next year - riding over that bridge into Assateague with a 35-45 mph crosswind (according to the park ranger/sheriff's deputy/whomever he was at the foot of the bridge) is nothing short of dangerous. I saw SEVERAL riders bounce off the guardrail on my trip over the bay. PLEASE come up with an alternate 64 mile rest stop. I'm STILL getting sand out of the drivetrain!

Other than that, great ride!

Distance: 100.04
Saddle time: 6:00 (exactly)
Total time: ~6:45
Average speed: 15.9
Thoughts during most of the ride: Why didn't I just leave???! )
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Trailer

Did anybody see that guy pulling the trailer? What the he!! was that all about?

Do you mean the guy on the recumbent with the windshield, pulling the large aluminum thing with the broken down bike on it? I'm still trying to figure THAT one out. It was as if he was doing SAG duties on a bicycle. Whenever the wind got tough, my back got sore, or I got tired and starting thinking I had it bad, I just imagined how much effort that guy was going through pulling that thing and I felt better about my situation.
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Originally Posted by psuaero
I saw that Ocean Velo train go by me two about 35-40 miles in. There was about six of them following a minivan at about 25mph. That's cheating I thought! It was obviously with them and not just a coincidence.
There was no van when I was drafting them, they got couple cat 2 and 3 pulling pretty hard, they skipped the first rest stop, and that's where I pulled out.

Did anybody see that guy pulling the trailer? What the he!! was that all about?
I saw this

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Here is an article

https://www.delmarvanow.com/apps/pbcs...WS01/610080303
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Hi. We figured out this is probably either our 13th or 14th Seagull. Believe it or not - a few have been nice weather wise! Had a child in 2001 - been doing the metric since althought my husband still does the century (on a fixie). I started at around a little after 8. A few headwinds but no problems until a bit after the first rest stop where the wind just stood me up and the rain picked up. I would call the 2005/2006 weather a trade-off. Less rain this year, much warmer last year. Wind pretty comparable. Spent 15 minutes at the first rest stop, almost 1/2 hour at 2nd rest stop (that was NOT my plan). Did not ride with anyone until the last 20 miles or so when I finally hooked up with someone my speed. She was riding one of those Terry's - 24 inch front wheel, 700C rear wheel). The last 20 went fast.
start time 8:15AM
end time 2:20PM
about 40 minutes rest stops and other "breaks" (i forgot a water bottle so had a bottle with a screw off top)
total 67 miles
average 12.3
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Originally Posted by veloellen
about 40 minutes rest stops and other "breaks" (i forgot a water bottle so had a bottle with a screw off top)
total 67 miles
average 12.3
And I thought I was the only one who was so excited to ride Sat. morning and forgot their water bottles!
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Originally Posted by psuaero
And I thought I was the only one who was so excited to ride Sat. morning and forgot their water bottles!
No....I saw some guy pull into the mini-stop with a half-consumed Coke in his bottle holder.
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It was certainly cooler and windier than last year, but less rainy. I came with a large, loosely organized group, and rode with various people throughout the ride. The most memorable part of the trip was seeing the bikes tilting against the 30 to 40mph cross wind going over the bridge to Assateague. On the way back out of the beach, I hit a pile of sand, unclipped right and immediately fell to the left into a sand dune. Fortunately, that was the non-drive side. I was covered in sand. From there it pretty much stopped raining and the headwind of the last 40 miles turned into more of a tailwind. After pie and ice cream, rode for a few miles with Squadra Coppi, a DC area racing team. I dropped back when the pace hit 25, but some of my buddies stayed with them to the finish. It was a good ride, and certainly more memorable than if the weather had been sunny. My cyclometer kept cutting on and off because of the rain, but I was probably on the bike for about 5:30. Elapsed time was 6 hours. Hate the yellow shirts this year.
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Originally Posted by dpara

A couple of questions/comments.

I know the rain was better then last year, but what about the wind for those of you who did both?

Did anybody see that guy pulling the trailer? What the he!! was that all about?

PIE IS GOOD!

Thanks for listening.
I rode last year too. I'd take the monsoon over the horrendous wind any day! The wind was a pretty constant 25 mph (not 15), and coming across the bridge, there were definitely gusts approaching 50 mph. Absolutely a miserable day on the bike.

I was rather ticked at the guy with the trailer. At the exit from the first rest area, he was all the way to the right, and was trying to turn left. I got there just after he did, and had to cut across in front of him (or risk falling down in the huge jam-up he caused).
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Not much to add that hasnt been said.

Wind sucked. Riding at a 5 degree list was cool. Until i almost got brought down at the top of the bridge because someone stopped. Yikes!

My total time was like 7+ hrs with 6 hrs 5 mins of riding. I started with a fast group of DC Velo, and Snow Valley teamates, but after pegging LT 5 min into the ride, i dropped off. Another SV rider on a fixer and a friend of his caught up to me and we three rode the rest of the ride at a lesiuerly pace of a 16 1/2 mph avg. The tailwinds for the last 30 miles were great.

I had one flat 30 miles in. I pulled a 1/2" staple out of my tire. That was it for major drama. As for minor drama, not being able to clip out of my Looks because they were full of dirt mud and sand was annoying. There were a couple of times were i though i was gonna fall over at some of the traffic stops becuase i couldnt get out of my pedal. I bought some new Look Keo pedals last week so these old timey Look deltas are going into the trash.

I did a couple of things differnent diatetically from years past.

1. Only water - about 9 large bottles total consumed. I've noticed that gatorade on long rides would make me sick. No upset stomach this year.

2. Hammer Gels at about 1 per hour. I went thru 5. These things are really good and work.

3. 2 banannas at every stop to get the stuff i was missing out on by not drinking gatorade. Aside from the bagel, some blueberrry bread and a slice of pie nothing else.

The thing that hurt the most were my delts. My legs were getting heavy toward the end.

Like someone else mentioned, i'd also take the monsoon rains over wind anyday. This years Seagull is easily one of the most forgettable of the 11 i've done.
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man there is some *****in for sure on here. I had a fantastic ride, in spite of or maybe with all the wind and wet. Me and a few friends who attend Salisbury U headed out around 8:00 we started off at a moderate pace, me and my friend Ben broke away and rode with some quicker riders, Ben and I actually ended up trading on leaving each other behind as our energy levels saw fit. I rode with some older riders avg around 20-22 until the the leg before assategue which was definetly the fastest for me (in comparison to other riders) I rode with the guy in all green liquigas stuff on a green lemond for that leg and we pushed each other pretty hard trading draft, got up to an average of 27-28 approaching the bridge to assategue then slammed into the wind, it was a little sketchy but overall pretty fun to ride sideways on the bike. at the rest stop on the island the food was probably one of the best experiences of my life as I needed the calories pretty badly...I probably ate 10 pieces of the cran bread and two bananas and lots of peter pan. I waited there around half an hour for my friends to show up (slow leg for ben, flat for kevin). then after they ate and whatnot we headed out again. It was on this leg that me and Ben got lost....Ben was feeling better after having eaten, so we were keeping close to a 25 pace until we came through liberty town, on the straight away coming out of liberty town we were getting up to around 30 and in our excitement at our pace and spotting rollerbladers who we figured were on the century route missed our turn and went about eight miles the wrong way, after we realized what happened pushing back the wind tunnel of hell was excruciating pedaling hard and going 12 mph I was sick. but we got back on course and pushed to the pie and ice cream. I was feeling tired and wanting to get home after our little adventure, ben left me on the last leg he was doing 25 me more like 18 until the last few miles. pushed it up to 22 after the airport till the finish. that finish line looked pretty at that point. great experience, great time, thanks to all the teams and faster riders that pushed me. oh thanks to the deer on the island too. (rider 4796, white frame, blue france jacket)... hope to read more reports.
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