Originally Posted by Charlie6
Thanks for all the suggestions, guys! A century sounds sufficiently intimidating to be a good goal so I'll go with that. I have no real idea how fast I could complete it so once I get out and do some shorter rides I'll set a realistic goal.
Now for the hard part ...
And now for some free advice:
1) Increase your mileage gradually (10-15% a week), 'til you can do 100 mi at a shot comfortably.
2) On your long rides, eat and drink lots (2-300 calories an hour is the generally recommended "fueling" rate). Energy bars and drinks are convienient, but can be pricy. Bananas, PBJ, etc work well too. Experiment.
3) Don't pound yourself into the ground - this is supposed to be fun. If it isn't, you probably won't stick with it for long.
Good luck, and keep us updated on your progress.