My preparation was hardly optimal. I've been commuting pretty regularly, but my commute is ~13 miles and just over an hour so pretty short. I had one 30 mile ride about a month ago but plans for a 40+ mile training ride fell through when I had the plague for ten days. Still, my commute includes San Bruno Mountain and I carry a 15 pound load (lead-brick laptop), so I was confident that I'd regained some strength. I was confident that I'd be ok on the 100k so long as I paced myself.
The ride was a lot of fun, and I was pleasantly surprised by how great the route was. Such a pretty area! The event is incredibly well organized- great job Santa Rosa cycling club.
I made it to the lunch stop at 30 miles with no trouble at all. By the time I hit the 40-mile mark, my "contact points" were a bit cranky, but my foot was doing great, a big relief especially since I just re-started riding with cycling shoes last week. I went into slow-n-steady (and I mean slow!) mode and cruised through the last 22 miles, rolling in at around 1pm
The post-ride festivities were great and I especially appreciated the great vegetarian food options- two kinds of salad and interesting lasagne with polenta, roasted mushroom and cheese. Often, vegetarians are really an after-thought and it was nice to have well-prepared options! I reclined/napped on the lawn while I waited for dan to finish the 200k. What a great day!
A few more pictures below.