Some of you may know that I've been riding for just over a year. On Saturday, I am embarking on my first century ride in Palm Springs with 7,000 of my closest friends and fellow cyclists - no relatives showing up that I know of. Two days before this event, I am excited, apprehensive, semi-confident, and anxious all at the same time.
I've spent the past few weeks increasing my miles and hours on the saddle, doing 70+ mile rides three weekends in a row. The bike is lubed and tuned. My Plus Fifty jersey is clean and ready. I have a hotel room within 1/2 mile of the start/finish with a comfy and supportive bed for the night before and the night after the ride.
But I still don't feel quite ready. I have learned so much from reading the posts in this forum over the past few months. So now I am turning to this experienced and wise group for your words of advice or caution. What else should I expect, plan for, think about, not think about, or do that will help me accomplish this milestone goal and hopefully, enjoy the process?