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Aug 14

I Keep Telling Myself, “It’s not a race.”

by in New Brunswick

Distance: 201km

People who know me, know that I’m naturally inclined in competition. I never care who wins or who loses, it’s all about having fun.

After biking about 2km from my lodging, I felt that sensation of forgetting my wallet. Being in my own world, I slowed down to check my panniers. Unbeknownst to me, there had been a guy, out for his morning ride in full kit, drafting me. I hadn’t signaled my slowing down, so he was startled and a bit perturbed by my immediate stopping. He dodged me and took off.

Once I confirmed I had my wallet, I was back pedaling. The “guy in the red jersey” gone ahead. It was a flat winding road, so I hadn’t anticipated seeing him again. But then, on a little straight away, I spotted that red jersey on the horizon. His pace was fair, so I thought, if I sped up, “just a little” I could close the gap. Now, you have to understand, after a month and a half of daily riding, my legs usual loosen up about 30km into the ride. Today I was asking my legs to get going a little sooner than normal. The stupid part of my brain also disregarded that I still had a 200km ride ahead.

Anyway, I started closing the gap. Sweet. Then on an ensuing straight away, he did the unthinkable. He looked behind him, saw me, then speeded up. Well, I know what most everyone would think, “it’s on.”

I started picking up my pace. Ok, that’s not true. I started hammering hard on the pedals. The competitive spirit was sparked. I was pushing way too hard this early in my ride, but I was closing the gap. This just kept me pushing.

Eventually, I got to that distance where I could blow past him. The problem, of course, if I got around him I’d have to maintain this speed. There could be nothing worse then getting re-passed by him. So, I slowed down and got in his draft. For 5km, I drafted him, recharged the legs and frankly, stopped breathing heavily. After 5km, I figured I had enough to get around him and stick, so I did. I never saw the “red jersey” again.

This time we were actually racing.

This time we were actually racing.

Why did I feel the need to chase him down in the first place? He had just his road bike and I had two full panniers and a tent. Later in the day, I again reminded myself, this is not a race, as my legs were burning.

From Fredericton, I got to Moncton, home of one of nature’s greatest wonders, Magnetic Hill. I remember going as a kid and have wanted to go back as an adult. Laura has refused to stop in each time we’ve been in Moncton, telling me, “It’s not as impressive as you remember it.” and sure enough, Laura is right again.

The third most popular natural wonder in Canada, can you name the top two?

The third most popular natural wonder in Canada, can you name the top two?

After Magnetic Hill, I pushed on to Shediac, home of Parlee beach. The site of the famous Parlee Ultimate tournament, a place that holds many great memories for Laura and I.

What's a trip to the East coast without a stop in Shediac?

What’s a trip to the East coast without a stop in Shediac?

Tomorrow, I leave New Brunswick and hit the Island. Another province will be behind me.

Ride on.

P.S. I can’t thank everyone enough for the comments and support you’ve shown me on this trip. It has been very cool to feel so supported.

12 Responses to “I Keep Telling Myself, “It’s not a race.””

  1. From Mike:

    Having fun is key. Sometimes though, it is fun to race, I would have done the same thing. Raced and chastised myself later. I also know what I would do if if I had the same opportunity the next day. I bet the other guy was having fun as well, just not as much fun, because he lost. It always isn’t about winning or losing, but sometimes it is.


    Posted on August 14, 2013 at 2:39 pm #
    • From scott:

      I always have fun when I win. πŸ™‚

      Posted on August 14, 2013 at 9:26 pm #
  2. From Aunt Diane:

    This adventure would make a great book to read. Talk to Aunty Evelyn, she will be able help you put it together. Keep on biking. Xo’s

    Posted on August 14, 2013 at 3:53 pm #
  3. From Stewart:

    Hi Scott,
    I googled it. The top two are Niagara Falls and the Bay of Fundy. Magnetic Hill wasn’t even on the list!

    Posted on August 14, 2013 at 4:20 pm #
    • From scott:

      So you are suggesting that the Magnetic Hill people are lying. I’m shocked. πŸ™‚

      Posted on August 14, 2013 at 9:25 pm #
  4. From Cindy:

    Oh Scott! You make me laugh! Sounds like another great day of riding. :-)) Glad your having such a great experience.

    Posted on August 14, 2013 at 5:04 pm #
  5. From Dinah:

    Scott I would have chased the red shirt down too! Loved reading this post.

    Posted on August 14, 2013 at 7:47 pm #
  6. From Jeff Ohlhausen:

    Great blog Scott! Jeff M just told me about it. Starting reading it from the start yesterday and just caught up. Ride sounds awesome. Do you find you are eating enough or more than usual? You mentioned earlier you had waffles? honey stingers? Just curious.

    Keep it up!

    Posted on August 14, 2013 at 10:11 pm #
    • From scott:

      Hey Jeff,
      Thanks for reading! I don’t think I’m necessarily eating more than usual, but definitely more regularly. I have been eating the waffles, but not the name brand “honey stingers” instead they are double dutch and MUCH cheaper. πŸ™‚
      Are you riding with Jeff in September?

      Posted on August 14, 2013 at 10:27 pm #
      • From Jeff Ohlhausen:

        Hey Scott
        Yep I’m riding with Jeff. Less than one month away.

        Reading your blog will remind me not to complain on day four. Enjoy PEI. thanks for the tip on the waffles.

        Posted on August 16, 2013 at 2:10 am #
  7. From Michelle:

    “I never care who wins or who loses, it’s all about having fun.” That line made me chuckle. I recall you telling me “How do you spell fun? W-I-N!”. Keep on having fun!

    Posted on August 15, 2013 at 1:41 am #
    • From scott:

      I must have been misquoted. πŸ˜‰

      Posted on August 15, 2013 at 2:50 am #
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