Last weekend, I was able to get out and ride 57 miles. It was a perfect day to ride because it was warm, dry, and there was practically no wind. The only thing I felt went wrong was that I ran out of water around 3/4 of the way through the ride. That's why I like organized rides with food/beverage stops! My local bike shop gave me a sample of Sportlegs to help with my leg cramps, so I'm looking forward to trying that. Cramps are my biggest challenge on my longer distance rides.
I need to clean up my bike for next weekend. My chain has picked up a lot of dirt, so I really need to clean it and oil it. I also need to change my front tube because the stem broke. It's holding air, but I don't want to risk a long ride with a broken stem. The only other thing I have debated is getting a hotel the night before the ride. It's almost a two and a half hour drive and I'd have to leave by 5am to get a good early start so that I can finish early in the afternoon. I'm also hoping for good weather because right now, the forecast is for showers.