I'm going to ride the local 200k this April. I'm not concerned about the mileage but the 6800 feet of climb will be a serious challenge. Climbing is my Achilles heal. I will finish baring emergency even if I don't make the cutoff and DNF.
I'm 6' 265. I've been seriously lifting weights for a few years. I've been riding a while. My SO and I rode the Erie Canal on vacation last year. It was marvelous! We ride most Sundays, anything from 30 to 60 miles in hill country.
Last year I built up a Disc Trucker to address several problems I was having with my 2007 Fuji Tourer. All related to my size and strength. It's built for comfort not for speed. Well actually its built for reliability and strength. I've geared it really low 22/32/44 front 11-32 rear.
I started commuting once a week 50 miles rt mid summer. It was marvelous. But turns out I've got the gout, so I have to address this and get seriously geared up for the cold before I start again. I've ordered a fluid trainer and The Time Crunched Cyclist. They're due in tomorrow.
Any help/advice or stories would be appreciated.
Anyone else with plans this year?