Faster but still slow
Join Date: Jun 2006
Bikes: Trek 830 circa 1993 and a Fuji WSD Finest 1.0 2006
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Back to back 78 mile rides: Training?
Okay, so maybe this isn't a long distance for many of you, but it will be the longest distance I have ever traveled on a bike in two days. I am very clear as to how to train for a century or other single day long distance event, but I am not sure how to train for a two day event.
Should I train by doing back to back long rides for my training?
Stick to the typical one long day followed up by a recovery day?
My typical week looks like this:
Tuesday: 14 miles(avg: 77% of max HR)
Wednesday: 14 miles(morning speed workout of 6.5 miles or hill intervals, evening moderate ride)
Thursday: 14 miles(avg: 77% of max HR)
Friday: recovery ride or rest
Saturday: 30 miles
Sunday: 35 miles
I am increasing my long rides by 5 miles each week. Next week will be a 35 and a 40 mile ride on Sat & Sun. I also go horseback riding a couple days a week, which is yet another leg workout.
I will eventually get to a 60 mile ride two weeks before the event, and then begin to taper. I will cut my miles down to less than half of the previous week, plus incorporate several days off.
Do I need to do back to back long days to prepare, or am I just setting myself up for exhaustion?