PeopleI wasn't sure how many people to expect. I knew that Bob would not be there because he rode the 300K two weeks ago. There ended up being 11 riders. There were two tandems. I rode for a while with Louis, Paul, George, Bard, and John (Barb and John were on a tandem).
The pace was pretty fast and dropped off before we reached Pocahontas. Barb and John joined me. We stayed together until Lively Grove (mile 128) when I told them they could go on without me. They pulled most of the way. They did thank me for the miniscule amount of pulling that I did. They were great to ride with and I hope to see them again.
WeatherThe weather was very nice. I brought tights and a jacket but never used them. The wind was out of the southwest so we had a tailwind for the first 25 miles. When we turned south we had a headwind for a good portion of the ride to Oakdale. I was hiding behind Barb and John on the tandem for most of this time. After we turned north we had a tailwind. Unfortunately the wind died down not too long after this. Even so, after the wind died I was averaging 16 mph which is not too bad.
EquipmentI used my new trunk bag on this ride and it worked just fine. I had plenty of room for the jacket and tights (which I didn't need but I was glad I had). It was much more convenient at stops than a backpack.
This was also the first long ride with my new shoes. I have the cleats set a little farther back than my old shoes and that seemed to work well. I did have a slight problem where I had not tighten the cleats enough and I had to adjust them at one of the stops. No problems after that.
PhysicalI felt good for most of the ride. I wonder if I ate too much at one point because my stomach bothered me a little. There is a fine line between eating before you're hungry and eating after you're full. I'll keep an eye on that during the next ride.
I pushed myself a little harder to keep up with Barb and John. This was a strategic decision because I wanted to be able to draft them (and because I like riding with other people). This meant that I was slightly burnt out when I reached Lively Grove. I gave myself a nice long rest there (almost an hour) and was fully recovered by the time I hit the road again.
PsychologicalI had good company for most of the ride and still felt good when I was riding be myself. I don't think I could hope for much better. I finished much sooner that I expected.
Rolling time: 11:56:58