I'm a super-clyde at 360 and have been challenged to do the Livestrong 100 mile ride in Seattle this June. And like Marty McFly, no one calls me chicken. I have a completely unmodified Specialized Hardrock (2007) that I have taken to a max 10 miles over relatively flat terrain. So there is an awful lot of work to be done and I'm ready to get started.
My big question in terms of equipment is whether I can stick with this bike and do the 100 miles on it. I recognize that I will need to make some modifications at some point, particularly on tires, but I don't really have room for a second bike and the Hardrock's frame and rims have stood up nicely to my weight (thanks to all the recommendations from this forum). What can I change on the bike to make my long training rides and century more comfortable/easier?
I've seen all sorts of century training grids, but I'd like to know if anyone has some good training tips, suggestions, programs, etc. I know it's all about time in the saddle, but I'm going to need all the good ideas I can get. Thanks!