Hello all. I've been reading a fair amount on this forum trying to get my head around some long distance tips and tricks. I've got my first ever full century coming up on 8/4. It's pretty flat since it's on a mix of MUP's and roads in the local area. It's just a small group ride that some friends are putting on. We won't ever really be away from the city by more than 10 or so miles at a time so I'm not too worried about water or food stops. I'd just like to have you guys review my training and plan to see if there's anything I'm missing.
Training: I just started riding the middle of April, but I've logged over 1700 miles including 600+ in July. Longest rides to date are back to back 75 mile days with about 2000' of climbing each day (pretty flat). Typical rides are 40-60 miles twice a week and two 25-35 mile rides twice a week with most of them at a medium to hard pace. I usually pack one water bottle and one bottle of sports drink to start along with a clif bar and a couple gels. I usually consume the bar and one gel on the longer rides along with a breakfast burrito or something similar at the end of the ride. I drink about 1-1.25 of my 24 oz bottles per hour of time out when the temps are in the high 80's to low 90's. Only issue I have is the saddle tends to get uncomfortable after 60-70 miles, but that is on my training rides where I'm spending little time off the bike. I try to get out of the saddle on a regular basis while riding though. It's not a killer, but I'll probably start my search for a long distance saddle sometime in the near future if I decide I like these rides.
Plan: It's a group ride so the pace should be pretty relaxed and I'm usually one of the faster riders in the group rides. I'll up my food taken along to 3 bars and 3 gels. I'll probably start with both bottles of sports drink and then refill with water on the route. We'll be taking a lunch break around the 60 mile mark so I'll have a decent meal in there as well. Pobably opt for a turkey sandwich with chips and water along with a cookie or something else sweet.
Equipment: 2005 Giant OCR C3 with stock components including saddle. Good pair of bibs (hammer nutrition) and Assos chamois cream. Carry 1 tube, patch kit, CO2 filler with 3 cartridges, ziploc baggy, cash, credit card, ID, front light and rear blinky (it's a daytime ride), HRM, and computer.
I think that's about everything. Do you see any holes in my prep, plan, or equipment that I should try to fill in before next weekend? I also have my second century coming up on 8/19, but this one is fully supported with SAG and service along the route as well, but it will be a bit more climbing (don't know the total elevation).