Am I ready for a flat 100 miler? It's April 9th and the max time allowed is 7.5 hours (13.3 MPH).
All this is on flat land:
5 months and 1800 miles of cycling experience.
80 to 120 miles per week (this week I went 150)
My week generally consists of 3 or 4 15 - 20 mile rides and one 35 - 60 miler.
I can ride 50 miles averaging 16 MPH.
My longest ride to date is 65 miles.
I'll be riding a 75 mile charity event on March 20th as a tune up. This one has a few rolling hills.
I've learned what and when to eat and drink. At 50 miles I'm not crashing.
Saddle comfort: I can and do ride up to 20 miles without padded cycling shorts. I've never attempted to go further but feel I could. Over 20 and I put on the padded bib shorts. At the end of 50 miles I don't have any discomfort issues.
Back Pain: I seem to experience mild mid to lower back discomfort (feels like my muscles are tightening up) around the 35 mile mark. I stretch and move around but it stays with me. I think the stem might be a bit long but I'm hesitant to start changing stuff as it's minor.
Am I ready? Do I need to change my training routine? What should my target time/speed be?