Alright, Ive decided that I want to get into Radonneuring. More specifically getting into it next season.
Ive been riding for years, but its mostly just little jaunts around town or commuting to work more recently. Ive honestly never put in more miles than maybe 30-35. Ive never really done any serious road cycling either, in fact, I dont even own a road bike. The bike I'm currently riding (and actually recently purchased) is a single speed track back with slack road geometry (about 73/73 geometry).
Now, I'm not entirely sure what sort of physical conditioning I need for one of these rides. I used to do long distance and cross country in high school (I'm only 23). I know mentally I can take the endurance because in running you end up training your endurance to the point of hurting yourself if your not careful, which is actually why I started cycling more because my knees just about blew out. Physically, however, I'm not sure what the best way to approach training will be.
For one, I will be riding single speed if I do any events. I dont have a computer, but the longer rides I have done Ive easily been able to maintain a pace of around 16-18mph (judging by timing the distance traveled). At best, I probably consider myself in 'okay shape'. From commuting I may put on.. 2000 miles a year before extra rides that I do, and I try to do at least 10-15 a day just for the sake of health.
All of this background then leads me to my question. Given that I keep up my current riding routines, what would be a good way to preparing myself for a mounstrous 200k ride? I'm definitely going to get some centuries in before the end of the year to see how I fare (actually doing about 45 miles coming up in a few weeks). My initial impression is that I should get really really really comfortable riding my bike, even if its at a leisurely pace. But also, should I try do any more a-typical training like club rides if I can very easily maintain a speed of 15mph? Should I aim to adapt lower speeds in training to get used to the pace I'll be moving at, and for that fact, whats a decent speed on these rides required to finish, granted I just dont ride through everything (I plan to take some breaks, but probably not overly long ones).
Sorry for all the questions :X Thanks!