I'm getting back into shape and have started to bike again.
I saw an upcoming event, Pedaling for Pennies on Sept 15, 2007, sponsored by the Concord, NH Hospital, and decided this would be the right way to motivate myself. They have 3 rides that one can sign up for: a 5k "Family" ride, a 25 mile ride and a 50 mile ride. I've set a goal for myself to do the 25 mile ride.
I'm looking for a good training program that will help me build up the endurance needed to ride in a month for 25 miles on my bike. I'm currently out of shape, after sitting on my butt during the past 3 years of grad school, and I get winded and tire easily if I try to pedal too fast or climb hills. Currently I can bike on flat terrain for about 45 minutes to an hour - I'm guessing about 8-10 miles or so, but I've never really measured it.
My road bike is a Trek Multitrack 7200 Hybrid (I think 2000 or 2001 - it was the first year with an Aluminum frame and front forks). Bike has grip shifters (never thrilled with them) and a 700 road tire that has minimal tread and is 38mm wide.
Can someone point me to a good program for increasing my endurance. Should I be biking every day? Every other day? Once or twice a day on training days? Doing other training programs during this time (like ab work, weights or other cardio?)