The ride last night helped and it pushed me down to nearly 3 off this week. I know that the majority of it was due to water.
I tried something a bit different and stopped at home and ate a little before putting on the clown outfit. It seemed to help a bit.... except for feeling chunks nearly erupting at the top of one climb.
Also refrained from any of the snacks that were out post-ride. I did thoroughly enjoy 2 Molson Canadians though. Maybe it was a good compromise.