I did it!
I rode my first 300K brevet and, with a few bonus miles at the finish, my first double century. I am so pumped! I can truly call myself an ultramarathon cyclist now.
This was my second attempt to do 200 miles. The first ended at 168 miles due to a pretty hard bonk. This time, I made a concerted effort to keep my heart rate down to a reasonable level and to eat 250 calories an hour. I never bonked and felt great at the end of the ride. I basically ate a packet of gel every 30 minutes on the bike and drank plenty of sports drink. Simple, easy to do. At the controls I would eat whatever looked appetizing along with a bottle of Yahoo, Slimfast, Ensure, or some plain ole' Coca Cola.
I rode the Cleburne 300K brevet put on by the Lone Star Randonneurs (www.lonestarrandon.org). This is a great, and very active Randoneurring group and this was my fourth brevet with them this year. The course was very hilly and we had perfect weather. Sunny, high temperature of 65 deg and about 5 mph south wind.
Absolutely the best day I have spent on a bicycle.