RSVP (Ride from Seattle to Vancouver and Party) is the last big ride before PBP (Paris-Brest-Paris). I'm supposed to be tapering. Did I? Average heart rate is a reasonably good way to look at it. Here are average heart rates for recent events:
6/11 Flying Wheels: 130
7/28 RAMROD: 131
8/5 RSVP Day 1: 122
8/6 RSVP Day 2: 111
I was supposed to be tapering already by RAMROD. The evidence is that I didn't, although it's really hard to keep your average heart rate down on a hilly course. But on RSVP, I tapered better, particularly on the second day. I still find going easy a lot harder than just going for it.