I'm getting to the point that I'm ready to start riding in some organized events. Something along the lines of 40-60 miles. I have a chance to do a metric century on August 23rd and in fact have a couple of people pushing me to do this ride.
My problem is that I've been biking now for a little over 5 weeks. Yes, I do have 722 miles on the odometer as I write this, but my rides have been on commutes (10 miles one way) with the balance being just tearing around on the bike trail. I have 20 miles experience on rural roads that have a 200' elevation change so there are some hills but not what I would consider huge. My longest rides have been in the neighborhood of 15 to 20 miles and I have only done a couple of those.
As I look at this it seems obvious that I need to work up within 20% of 60 miles to have a good chance of getting that metric century. There is no sag support on this ride so I need to be sure I can finish it.
So far so good. But then I read about a guy that put 800 total miles in this year before running in RAGBRAI. Well, I can't even begin to think that I could do that. Who knows, maybe I could. At 235 I'm about 20 lbs over what I want to be weighing.
I guess my question is this: Am I being too conservative in getting into good enough shape for a metric century? I would also like to do a (regular?) century this year. I am seriously motivated to do this but I need to be sure I don't blow out a knee or anything doing this either.
I'm doing this all on a Trek 7.3FX if that makes a difference. When I got the bike it seemed like the right choice. I'm already planning on getting a nice road bike by next spring but that isn't going to help me much now.