The training paid off, no doubt about that. Training is a lot more than just riding ---- it's also learning how to eat and drink right, both on and off the bike, maintain a good pace, know when to push, and know when to rest. I understand though how easy it is to get caught up in the excitement of "the big ride" after weeks of training, and forget to drink enough on the road. I took a gulp or two of my water w/Heed at every red light, and I didn't suffer.
I'll post a report today. Last night I was suffering from caffeine withdrawal.