Today I headed out for the longest ride I've done yet and well out of my comfort zone. My past "long rides" have been a consistent 20-30 miles. The route took me from my home in San Francisco out to downtown Tiburon and back. With two Polar bottles, one with Gatorade and one with water, I still had to stop near the end of the ride for more water (it's pretty hot here). Crossing the GG Bridge was a good time. There is one side closed to pedestrians, bikes only, a good idea and the bike riders hold their lines.
My newly broken in Pearl Izumi 3D Pro bib worked very well, comfortable, soaked up and evaporated a whole bunch of fat guy sweat, and with a Brooks B17, no sore butt at all! Half way through the ride, I stopped in Tiburon for a panini and a coffee...I highly recommend this if you go on a long ride, it keeps your spirits high.
While lots of people passed me, I kept up a respectable speed and even passed a few folks. All the roadies here wear full "pro kits"...not sure why, a cotton tshirt was enough for this ride.
The only scary moment (and it didn't have to do with car drivers, who did a great job of sharing the road) was a leashed dog jumping out just as I passed by. But I kept my shorts clean so it's all good
Total ride time was about 40 miles in about 3 hours with a twenty minute break in the middle.
Hope you all have a good ride this weekend and don't be afraid to push yourself farther.