Well I signed up for a Charity ride in about 40 days since it starts 2 blocks from home. I have picked up a few sponsors who will donate on my behalf so I have the commitment and motivation. Now all I need is a plan!!
I have only been riding about 6-7 months and I typically ride once or twice a week for fun. I usually just ride about 60-90 minutes and have only been riding around 12-17 miles at most. I think my longest ride was 20 miles and only around 500' of elevation. I enjoy riding fast so I usually jump on peddle like a mad man and cruise for 15-20 minutes during the end of the ride and I'm done. I know if I'm going to do this ride I really need to pace myself as the first part of the ride is pretty much all hills (see below chart)
Can anyone suggest a ridding plan to prepare for the route? I've never done anything that long and really need some advice on how often to ride and how far I should be looking at riding a week to prepare. Should I just ride the first have of the route over and over to build up my leg strength on the hills or should I try and ride the full route on a weekend when I have time? The good thing about the ride is it's basically in my back yard so I can ride the entire route or portions of it pretty much at will. The only problem is by the time I start riding during the week it's after work and 6:00pm so I only get about an hour or so of sun and have never ridden at night. If I need to ride more often I'll have to find some good lights and just get used to night ridding.
Any and all tips are greatly appreciated!!