Originally Posted by seminolewind
First off just wanted to say hello to everyone. Quick synopsis, I just recently started riding a bike again I grew up riding bmx and have not rode in 15 years or more 31 yoa now. I played football, wrestled and went to state in weightlifting in high school. Since then I have graduated college and gotten married and packed on the weight. At my highest weight 6 months ago I was 370. I have gotten down to 305 over the last several months with a solid diet, weight lifting and running. My stepdad is an avid cyclist and has gotten me into riding. I am currently riding a specialized mtb bike with slicks and clipless road pedals. my dad wants me to ride in a charity event this October which is 42 miles and then a century next october. I currently ride 4-5 days a week around 10-12 miles a ride with a 13-15 mph pace. I have a lot of rime to train before the ride but need some training tips and maybe a schedule from other clydes. Sorry for the long post and thanks for any help.
Generally a training program for distance, is fairly easy, you extend one day. So for example say you ride 4 days, Tuesday (10), Thursday (10), Saturday (10) and Sunday (10) the next week you add up to 10% so you can add 4 miles, you add that 4 miles to the Saturday. Some people say you should add 10% each week until you reach your goal, others say that you can attenuate that a little. Calculate out your 10% when you start, and use that number as a constant. Pick one, they both work, you have about 30 weeks until October, you could add a mile a week and still make your 42 miles.
In your training, you should do some hill training, you find a hill, that is just beyond your capabilities, in other words you need to walk the last 200' or so. You then make sure that you tackle that hill at least once per week, you will find that the first month it's tough, you don't think you will ever do it, the next month you find you can do it, but it takes all the steam out of you, the next month you find yourself not even using your lowest gear, the next month, your not even using the lowest range of gears, the next month it's "what hill?" The key is when you get to the point of not needing the granny range on your hill, you go find a bigger one, that is just beyond your capabilities. This way, if you get to the charity ride and find it's 21 miles of climbing, before turning around and climbing for 21 miles, your ready for it. This all helps your weight loss as well, making things easier as you go, 42 miles at 240lbs is a lot easier then 42 miles at 305lbs.
Now as for the century, realise that a mountain bike with slicks is like a hybrid, they are not intended for long distance, 50 miles is probably the outer limit on one, the gearing is too low, the flat bars can lead to hand issues, and the geometry is not right for distance riding. So figure that next winter you will need to add something roadish to the herd. Not saying that guys haven't done centuries on MTB's with slicks, but it's not ideal. I've done 40 miles on a MTB with slicks, and it's not something I have hurried to repeat.