I had a nightmare last night that I was in the middle of RAAM and my cleats fell apart. There were pieces all over the roadway, I was scrounging for the small screws before the rain started coming down. I was missing screws, so I was thinking it would be difficult to continue with them, when I noticed pieces of my pedals lying around on the ground. Then the rains started.
I had my pedals fall apart during a 300k brevet last year and my cleats fell apart when I arrived at the US Transplant Games in 2004. So, there must be a bit of anxiety there.
This is the longest taper I've ever done for an event, it will be nearly 3 weeks long as of race time. I'm feeling strong, so I think its working.