Talk about relating to that!!!
Quote " Even though I'm a Clyde emeritus I'm still way too fat" Check
Quote " Don't go for a 3 mile walk/jog the morning of the ride" Check...no dog, but pre-breakfast jog is part of my daily routine.
Quote " I'm no longer in my mid 20's." Check. It just sucks regardless of current age.
Quote " There are a lot of folks in the same kit with shaved legs" Check, three teams of 3-4 riders each all looking ready to give hell to one another.
Quote " I should have eaten before getting there" I was ok on food an hydration but it wouldn't have made any difference.
Looking around I got about 15 pounds (optimistic) on the biggest guy i could find.
Even though is rolling hills all around, the biggest cassette sprocket i see around is 23, and everyone is glancing at my nifty 28.
During the 4 mile somewhat flat section of the ride, at the cruising speed (must have been 24-25 mph) while other riders are engaged in active conversation the guy next to me is only getting monosyllabic answers.
Fever can happen in specific parts of the body: I felt my legs must have reached about 150 Degrees. The positive is that my lungs were only about 130, so it's still a legs problem for the most part...
I did get dropped, earlier than 20 miles, and i was the slowest in the group. The guy that invited me to the ride caught up with me on the second lap and we completed a 35 or so mile ride at a much, much slower pace.
Checking the computer file there are huge spikes on HR, cadence, speed...basically it looks like a corrupt file...even the computer can tell how out of my league it was.
The expression "Humbling experience" got a whole new dimension in my book.
In the back of my mind: if i can draft any of those wheels, on their warm up lap, by the end of the 2015 season, I'll consider it success.
All that said, I am also soo looking forward to the next climbfest i can get into.