I wanted to ask about any necessary tips for doing longer rides. Like gear to look into (probably gloves, my hands were feeling it after the 10 mi I mentioned before), how to handle eating/drinking during the ride, etc?
My big wall I noticed with the 10 mi was at about the 5 or 6 mile mark I needed something to drink - even more so on warmer days. Some days with the walking, I just notice all the energy go out of me (not just general muscle fatigue but all over), which I guess means that I'm undernourished for the moment and needed food?
I notice many people mentioning centuries and from reading these pages, I get the feeling that 10 mi is nothing in the grand scheme of things, so I'm just wondering how one plans for longer rides in that respect?
Edit: How do people handle their route planning? Is it usually consideration for rest points, places to eat, and so forth, as well as road conditions? I notice for where I live about 15 miles is the extent of a non-repeating route, so this is going to start being a factor for me as well.