So this Saturday i am doing my first big ride. The ride is 80 miles, 62 is my largest to date, which I have done on both my commuter MTB, and my new road bike. So now I am getting a little anxious about it. I think there is two lunch stops, and water every 15/20 miles.
Now do I just depend on them, or do I pack what I am use too? I usually take two water bottles and wear a camel pack, I drink a lot and so fill up as needed. I carry a small store with me in addition. Couple protein bars, protein powder, jerky, nuts, raisins, eggs, fruit and a pbj. I rarely eat anything more than a power bar, and fruit. Until after the ride
I am worried about what they will feed people at their lunch stops. When i did the 62 the other week my partner stopped at a deli, where I had a half sandwich that did not sit well. Which made the ride after lunch awful. So food has me concerned. I also notice that a lot of people i see riding do not wear camel packs.
also tips on pacing would be nice. I am now very happy with my new bike after learning to use the brifters, did a 32 mile ride this last weekend that was mostly hills, with no problems shifting. I tend to start off really fast and than slow down at the end. So I need to work on setting a steady pace.
Thanks for letting me vent my anxiety.