Go to the IBA site and read the rules...CAREFULLY!!
I completed a Saddle Sore 1000 ride yesterday and forgot one important element for the certification...the final gas receipt for my completion time....very stupid mistake on my part. I had refueled earlier for a final time to complete my run of 1037.5 miles in 15 hours, 21 minutes from Charlottesville, VA to Leawood, KS, but neglected to fill up at the completion point to indicate my finish time on the run. I have all of the other receipts and witnesses, start to finish. Generally, I would not care as I have made many long rides in the past, but never certified. This time I wanted a certified run but made that costly error.
As for the ride itself, I went to Charlottesville for the Memorial Day weekend and decided to Iron Butt my way home yesterday. I figured on a 16-17 hour ride so I planned it pretty well as I also took time to take pictures for 10 ABC Touring points, those being six states (VA, WV, OH, KY, IN & IL), three National Forests (George Washington, Daniel Boone & Hoosier), and one National Park, Shenandoah.
In terms of preparation, I go over the bike completely before any long ride checking tires and pressures, lights, fuses, belt, nuts and bolts. I carry basic tools, a mini compressor, tire plugs, oil and a first aid kit with me. I also ride in rain bibs with a waterproof jacket over layers that can be removed. I wear different weight gloves depending on weather, ear plugs and a modular helmet with a sun visor. Chap stick and sunscreen are a must. I have highway pegs and use a T-Bag on the rear seat as a backrest. The T-bag holds repair items for the bike and an extra helmet and jacket. I keep my clothes in the saddlebags (this was a five day trip). The Tour Pak holds other footwear, camera and tripod, extra water and granola/protein bar boxes.
I carry small bottles of water that are easily accessible in the fairing lower glove boxes along with granola and protein bars. I have the magnetic flaps on my glove boxes for easy opening/closing.
My only stops are for gas (and on this run for ABC touring points). At the refueling stops, I use the restroom, stretch a little and hydrate up and may have a snack. Once the tank is filled and I have taken a drink/snack/restroom break, I am off again.
I have no trouble riding for great distances and enjoy doing so often. Paying attention to other drivers is very important, especially on a long ride when you begin to feel tired, and you will eventually. Utilize the fuel stops to loosen up and relax your muscles, they work hard on a long ride...and stay hydrated...very important!
Good luck and enjoy your ride!