If you've been riding solo for awhile you may want to get involved with a team. It's a lot of fun to be with a group of other bikers. They encourage and motivate you to take it to the next level. For bike teams in your area try http://www.usacycling.org/clubs/ and http://colavitasutterhome.com/regional-teams.htm . If there isn't a team in your area start one yourself. Talk to the local bike shop or put an ad in the paper. If you're interested you know there have to be others as well. For great recipes to fuel your body up for a long ride try this website http://recipetoride.com/fueling-your-ride. They have some great recipes to keep your energy up. What do you eat before a long ride?
I think I'd be afraid to join a club for fear they'd all ride off ahead of me! I suppose they have beginner groups! Actually this sounds like a lot of fun. However, I'm not sure I could take the outfits. Something about a full-body Speedo disturbs me.