So, the other day I was at an outdoor movie in DUMBO, and this organization called transalt was signing people up for a century ride around NYC. http://www.nyccentury.org/ I told the lady I didn't have any money to participate and she said "Hey, no problem! You can volunteer!"
30 seconds later I had volunteered to be a marshall, which means I will be riding a part of the route and helping people who need water or a snack or have a flat tire. Which is cool-- its something I believe in, and it would be great to meet some new people and get a free tshirt.
Here's the problem-- I have never ridden 55 miles in one day, much less 100! I would like to ride the whole thing, but I need at least to be prepared to complete my 55 mile section successfully.
So, here's the issue: I have only been riding for two weeks, but I ride about 18 miles in a workout. What should my training regimen be like if I want to do a century on September 9 2007?
What should my workouts be like? Should I be riding every day? Should I try to ride 50 miles tomorrow to see if I can do it? I am excited by the idea, but I could really use some insight into what I should be doing! I looked at some books about training, but they have a lot of nonsense about computers and VO2 Max and perceived effort levels. I am not trying to become a competitive cyclist in a month-- I just want to be able to ride 100 miles in one day!