This will be my second "official event". I did a standard century last month and now I'm stepping up to a hilly double metric this Sunday. I'm excited and nervous. The standard century was tough, but I paced myself and got through it. I have similar worries that I had last time in that my crazy triathlon friend will be there and he is a much stronger rider than me. Every time I ride with him I push myself so hard I bonk (though last time I rode with him I managed to drop him on a hill climb before bonking at the top!). Trouble is, if I don't stay with him I might end up solo riding for 100 miles like I wound up doing last time I rode a century which made for a much tougher ride. Also, I don't really want to sit on a saddle for like 12 hours so I'm tempted to stay at his pace, but he's often riding in the 20-25 mph range on flat ground. I'm fine with that on a shorter ride but I know I can't maintain that pace all day. Hopefully this time around the other riders will be a bit friendlier. The last century I did, my friend dropped me then I tried to ride with some other groups, but they were all snubbing their nose at me. So I'm contemplating all this, plus it might rain!