Ok, it's just a metric century... "Le Tour de Corn" (<--- ) south of Springfield Illinois.
How should I ride in the upcoming days? On Sunday, 2 days ago, I rode 52 miles with an average of 16.5 (including town and a nasty headwind). On Monday, yesterday, I rode a 12 mile recovery ride (fast spinning, slower speed, few hills). I'm trying to plan out the rest of the week to maximize my fitness for Saturday. This gives 4 possible days to ride. I was thinking of doing interval training today-- recovery ride on Wednesday-- 35 mile loop on Thursday-- very easy recovery on Friday-- then start century at 7:30 Saturday morning. I've been riding around 200 a week. This is the first century of any kind that I've done. I'm positive I can finish but I want to be as comfortable as possible on Saturday morning (i.e. zero leg pain or stiffness).
My questions: What do you all think of my pre-century regimen? Will my legs recover better if I include a recovery ride on Friday or should I not ride at all? Any suggestions on food or fluids (i.e. drink/eat a lot of carbs, protein, etc. the night before)?
Thanks for any and all input.