Reality Check

Two years ago, I remembered the Seagull Century as being a challenging experience. As I had mentioned in my last post, R and I were less experienced riders then. This year, we both felt great at the end– or at least, not in as much pain. Surely having a road bike and having spent more time in the saddle contributed to this, right? And that these factors would translate in a faster time?

I was disheartened to discover that my average speed this year was exactly the same as two years ago: 13.1 mph.

So, Iron Rider was right: it’s not about the bike. And skiffrun was also right: I am just not putting in enough miles per month to make any difference in my riding.

I keep trying to add more miles by commuting more by bike, but it hasn’t been working out. And my time has become more limited, now that I’m back in school part-time and I am also spending more time practicing music. As much as I love bicycling, I choose to spend more quality time into these endeavors than riding. So that means getting better (faster, having more endurance) in bicycling takes a back seat.

The perfectionist part of me is annoyed that I can’t do everything well, but that’s incredibly unrealistic, and I know it. The best I can do is to enjoy bicycling as much as I can and feel good about it, even though I am, and will be, slow.

Still, I really would love to do a brevet and finish without DQ-ing.

Seagull Century 2012

Horses at Assateague State Park. Photo by R.

This is our second year riding the Seagull Century. R and I rode this two years ago, and a lot has changed in that time. In 2010, we both rode hybrids for the full 100 miles, and didn’t nearly have as many miles under our belt. I think we both might have weighed more then– I know I did. This year, we both rode on lightweight road bikes– and was armed with the experience from two years ago.

We had an inauspicious beginning to the ride this weekend.
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