Newbie here looking for advice on a riding program. I have been cycling for the last year with general health, weight loss and exercise being my goals. Currently I am using a schedule found online that calls for a long ride on Sat or Sunday and two shorter rides during the week. I have been doing this the last 5 weeks riding 40 miles last Sat and two additional rides this week (Monday and Wednesday) for a total of 84 miles. This is mostly on a flat riding/walking path averaging ~13MPH. This schedule calls for a 5 mile increase on each long ride and 5 additional miles through the week. So this upcoming week will call for a 45 mile long ride along with 45 miles during the week. My schedule is tight but this appears to be working for now. I have a goal to ride 100 miles (one ride) by Dec 1. My question; is this a sensible program or totally out of line. Should I devote time to hills, shorter more intense rides, longer rides etc.
A little about me I am 51 yrs old, 245 lbs and recently (within the last 6 months) had a total hip replacement. I ride a new Focus Black Forest Mtn. bike with smooth tires and an upgraded straight bar.
Sorry for the long post!