I've got a goal this year of biking to my parent's house, which is 90 miles away. I google mapped the route and it lists the time it would take as a little over eight hours, and based on that I would expect it to take me 10. I've never done a bike ride that far before, and I was hoping for some tips on how not to die from it. Here are my basic area's of concern:
Prepping for the distance: My plan right now is to bike it on the weekends, a little further at a time so that I'm comfortable with it. So Bike an hour of the route, then bike home, Then next week bike 15 minutes further than last time. Is this a good way to get ready for that kind of heavy biking or is there something else I should be doing (besides going to the gym, obviously)?
Water: Everything I carry adds weight to my biking, but I obviously don't want to die of heat stroke. How much water should I be carrying? Also, should I be carrying gatorade or something similar and how much of that?
Food: A bike ride that long, I expect I'll need to eat a power bar or something similar at regular intervals. How much of this kind of stuff should I be carrying. Also, what should my breakfast and lunch be like, should I prepare something special for meals to avoid making myself sick?
Breaks: I figure an hour for lunch, to give me time to digest, but should I be making regular stops to cool myself down or is it OK to just go as long as I can?
That's everything I'm concerned about, but I'm probably missing things too. If you can think of something I didn't, please mention it. Any help on this is appreciated.