So it was my first ride over about 12 miles and it was my first organized ride as well.
I had a great time I ended up not being able to find any of the guys I was going to meet up with (think they were running late). They started relatively close to on time sending out groups based on mileage one at a time. They had the first part of the route all blocked off from traffic and it made it very easy to get everyone going.
I just kept my computer on the cadence reading I did not want to start counting down the miles or anything. I felt really good at first and rode straight past the first rest stop. I kept rolling hit some hills and shortly after came to the second rest stop where I stopped filled up my bottles and grabbed a bananna. It was a nice little rest stop at around the 19.5 mile mark.
Left there and kept going hit the one big hill on the route and at the top of that hill was another small rest stop. stopped there again grabbed another bananna and filled up another bottle. After that we had about 10 miles left and I was feeling great so I hopped on and went for it. Got to the end and with a little less than a mile left I started really going since I wanted to finish strong.
Ended up finishing the 36 mile route in 2:20 at 15.7mph avg. It was a blast, and I wish I had done the 46.