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Seagull century 2011

post #1 of 20
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Hi Everyone!!

I am planning on doing the Seagull century again this year, and hoping t finish in less time than last year. 

 

My training thus far has been riding on the C and O canal and great allegany passage, and I can get about 12mph!!!  I also have a new bike the Neko Trek SL, and I love it!!!  Just wish there was a century organied ride on the canal, or the GAP, that would be really cool.

 

Hope everyone is having a great summer!!!

post #2 of 20

Pandita, you are an inspiration!

In the words of our friend from Blizzard........Send it!!

 

post #3 of 20

Good for you, Pandita.  Keep up the good work.

 

Mike

post #4 of 20

Hope you have a great ride Pandita.

 

My advice is to just ride and have fun and don't get too worked up over beating last year's time.  I rode the Seagull century many times when I lived in Virginia (back in the 90's).  The Seagull is both the fastest and slowest century I have ever done (fastest was a dead-calm day, slowest was literally 100 miles of headwinds).

 

Just have fun.  At the end of the day, the odometer (i.e., 100.0) is more important than the speedometer.  100 miles is an accomplishment anybody should be proud of.

post #5 of 20

As KevinF said: times at the Seagull can vary depending on weather conditions, fitness, and a host of other variables. Simply enjoying the ride is key.

 

A great training route for the Seagull is any of the "Three Sheetz" (100 mile) or "Short Sheetz" (50-65 mile) variants led by Potomac Pedalers out of Frederick (take a look at the ride schedule to see what's happening as far as organized rides are concerned with the Pedalers). These are rural, mostly flat-to-rolling century routes that are ideal prep.

 

Also worth looking at is the Bay Country Century out of Owings, MD (map of route here), which is also flat-to-rolling and quite scenic, taking place on Labor Day Weekend.

 

And to toot the Potomac Pedalers' horn one more time (full disclosure: I'm the current chair of said club), the Back Roads Century is another good prep ride for the Seagull. It's more rolling than a Sheetz route or the Bay Country Century, but it's not overly hilly and is very scenic. Like the others, there are shorter routes, and there will be plenty of people to ride with to get you back in the mindset of riding in a group. The Back Roads Century is filling up fast (less than 250 slots left), so enter soon if you want to ride it.

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So another century completed for me!!!!  I can't believe I have now done 2.  This year, the Seagull century was very very very windy, 20-30 mph winds, and someone reported 40mph gusts, I could occasionally feel the bike move.  Awesome day though and so inspiring

post #7 of 20

Awsome. Yet to do a century, have an opportunity to do one in 3 weeks, but feel fitness level not quite there.  Currently topping out at 70-80 miles.

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Awsome. Yet to do a century, have an opportunity to do one in 3 weeks, but feel fitness level not quite there.  Currently topping out at 70-80 miles.



if you can ride 80 miles you can ride a centrury

 

 

post #9 of 20
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if you can ride 80 miles you can ride a centrury

 

 


Agreed.  And congratulations Pandita!  Riding a century in winds like that is a real challenge.

 

Mike

 

post #10 of 20

Pandita Rocks!!!!

post #11 of 20
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if you can ride 80 miles you can ride a centrury

 

 



Whatever,  but it's not just the distance - http://www.clubsonline.com.au/customdata/index.cfm?fuseaction=display_image_listing&CategoryID=6594&itemLayout=1&headerselector=3&OrgID=4063&dts=17102011217 a little bit of climbing involved.

 

If you'e got the legs you can bump it up to to 205kms (127 miles)  or 250 kms (155 miles).

 

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Originally Posted by Pandita View Post

So another century completed for me!!!!  I can't believe I have now done 2.  This year, the Seagull century was very very very windy, 20-30 mph winds, and someone reported 40mph gusts, I could occasionally feel the bike move.  Awesome day though and so inspiring


You could occasionally feel the bike move...  Was that forwards, sideways, backwards or all-of-the-above?  eek.gif

 

Congratulations on finishing it again!  cool.gif

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Whatever,  but it's not just the distance - http://www.clubsonline.com.au/customdata/index.cfm?fuseaction=display_image_listing&CategoryID=6594&itemLayout=1&headerselector=3&OrgID=4063&dts=17102011217 a little bit of climbing involved.

 

If you'e got the legs you can bump it up to to 205kms (127 miles)  or 250 kms (155 miles).

 


That does look like a challenge.  How much climbing have you been doing on your 80 mile routes?  If you've been getting 1500 meters, you should be able to do it no problem.  If only 1000 meters, you can still do it, but recovery might be a bit of an issue.  I suspect you've got the base conditioning to do it no problem!

 

And Pandita, great result.  Riding a century in the wind always requires a great deal more effort.  Now you are ready for your first Brevet series!  And since I've still to even start one, I'll cheer you on.

 

Mike

 

post #14 of 20

From a friend's GPS, a slightly smaller ride 63 miles (101 kms), has a few climbs heading up to 10% which, depending on direction of ride have caught me out, i.e. later in the ride I might have to walk it.  Main problem at the moment is just got back from a 3.5 week trip to Europe and the main training there was carb loading redface.gif.  Also, doing 3 to 4 x 40km rides before work during the week, but longer weekend rides tend to be every second weekend as the beach house and surfing beckons.

 

Have plenty of metric centuries under the belt, just a big step up to 100 miles, so big kudos to weekend warriors have done them.

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 redface.gif.  Also, doing 3 to 4 x 40km rides before work during the week, but longer weekend rides tend to be every second weekend as the beach house and surfing beckons.



That sounds perfectly adequate to pull you through the long one.      You'll suffer, sure, but you'll pull through.

 

Just don't taper down too much the week before your first english - down-tapering without a training peak just  makes you suffer more.

post #16 of 20

Thanks for the vote of confidence, now no excuses smile.gif

post #17 of 20

Congrats, Pandita, on rocking the Seagull! I had a lot of friends riding the 'gull this year, and they all had stories about the winds. Glad you made it through!

 

And Taxman: you are very much ready to rock a century!

 

I spent that day riding the Blue Ridge Mountains of West Virginia and Virginia - see the data here. We had the same winds as on the Maryland shore, but with added topography. The headwind on the outbound (south) leg was tough, as were the winds scaling the mountain passes. But the tailwinds on the return leg were lovely. I rode the climbs at a steady pace, recovering from a hamstring/knee injury suffered on last weekend's Great River Ride, and things were fine (keeping the knees in good shape is important for that other sport I do, right?).

post #18 of 20
Thread Starter 

Hey everyone thanks for the cheers. 

Taxman - sounds like you are ready.  That is impressive to do it with hills.  

Songta - wow- I looked at that ride very impressive and interesting - looked like fun.  

 

One thing I have discovered while doing these rides is how inspiring it is, and how good you feel.  It is a great sport to have for late spring,summer and fall, before the snow falls and then it becomes skiing.  

 

I already booked the room/hotel for next years Seagull, so I am definitely hooked

 

post #19 of 20

 

Anyone looking at the Carolina century this weekend? 

 

http://bl2u.com/events/carolina-century-2011/

post #20 of 20

Since you conquered the Seagull...you should skip it and hit the Savage for '12.

http://whiteclaybicycleclub.org/Events-WCBC/savage.htm

 

It will test your mettle!

 

-Smarty

 

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