Post:I DID IT!! #SeaGullCentury2016 is now complete. The
actual route changed due to flooding last weekend. My GPS was
programmed to the new one. From #salisburyuniversity to #assateagueisland
and back was 97 miles. I rode with t he #LLLR team and some of
us did a warmup & of course a couple victory laps around #salisburyuniversity
when it was all said and done. This brought the total ride to
111 miles for me. YOU READ THAT RIGHT, I BIKED 111 MILES TODAY!!
Around the 70 mile mark I started cramping. That's never happened
before. I tried to stand but that made it worse. I definitely
had a WTF am I doing moment but there was no way in hell I was
The finish line was special, coming out of the route 13 tunnel,
we were directed past Henson & Purdue to Red Square. On either
side of the barricades, there was hundreds of people ringing cow
bells, whistling, clapping & cheering us on. It was an emotional
moment and something I will never forget.
I rode this event for a lot of reasons. Helping fund a scholarship
in the name of @robthomas_78 (a friend who tragically lost his
life a year ago) was a big part of this & it was a privilege
to ride along side his brother for a while.
I kept thinking on the ride that in June of 2015 I struggled to
bike 2 (two) miles. Here we are in October of 2016 and I just
biked 111 miles. I can't tell you how emotional this revaluation
was for me. At 44 I accomplished something I never dreamed I could.
There are plenty of professional photos that will be available
soon. I only took 2. The #assateagueisland welcome sign &
of course a picture with #sammytheseagull
Thank you all for being a part of this journey. Could not of done
it without your support. #LLLR #biking #YouVsYou #FitDontQuit
The Ride: For the better part of a year I worked towards
this goal. My biggest revalation was that 15 months ago, I struggled
to ride 2 miles and today I rode 111. The emotion of that moment
was amazing when I realized how I transformed my life for the
The weather held up. It was cool, a little wet, but I never had
to ride in the rain. I met some great people on this ride including
Paul (Rob's brother). Each rest area provided an opportunity to
interact with people from all around the country and just experience
an event like nothing I've ever been a part of before.
The first 60 miles was actually very easy. The Verrazano Bridge
heading onto Assateague Island was no joke. That made for an interesting
experience but I enjoy biking over bridges so that was a cool
experience. The rest stop on Assateague Island was amazing. Sysco
and Salisbury University Foundation did an amazing job of providing
for us. Along the way I saw many people from the University that
I interact with a lot given me encouragement was that was nice.
I felt great for about two thirds of this ride then the dehydration
set in. I burned so many calories. I was just focused on finishing
the ride at this point. The most amazing experience in my short
biking career was the finish line. Having all those people just
cheering on your accomplishment was something I will never forget.
I love my bike. I am grateful for this experience. I proved a
lot to myself this day. An amazing day.
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