To ensure I don't highjack Machka's post on brevets, I wanted to start a new post (per the great suggestions) on some training tips for me.
My desire is to join the Houston randoneering club and do some brevet series (or permanents). So...I have a lot of training to do over the winter!
Here is what I do now and the issues I have faced:
- Commute 25 miles roundtrip 3-5 days per week (Flat East Texas roads). Avg speed for commute: 16-17 mph
- Ride 50 miles almost every Saturday morning. Avg speed for ride: 16-17 mph
- Sunday - rest
I have noticed, due to the training I do above, that when I hit about 60 miles, my body starts to wonder what the heck I am doing and why I haven't stopped
So, I recognize the need to increase my Saturday rides to help build up endurance. But -- what about speed? Do I work on speed instead (during commute rides or the Saturday rides) to try and improve my overall average speed? Is the speed range I have now good for brevets and just work on endurance?
Again...this has become my favorite subforum!!! I look forward to your input!
OH...forgot to mention the bike I ride. My current bike is an 02 Fuji Ace (steel). I will be picking up a restored Novara Randonee this weekend (steel as well!).