Okay, so I'm planning to cycle about 220km in a single ride in about 6 weeks. The most I've ridden so far in one ride is about 90km, just last week, as part of my preparation. The ride was fine, from an energy/ability point of view, and my plan was to do a 140ish km ride in about 2 weeks, and then the big one. My problem is comfort... after about an hour in the saddle my hands start going numb, depite taking breaks and changing grip as much as I can, and after about 2 hours my back starts aching - and this is going to be WAY worse on the big ride, because I'm going to be lugging many litres of water in a backpack. On the 90km ride I stopped several times, I guess between the 50th and 70th kms to lie down and rest my back and let some feeling return to my hands. It's now some days after the ride, and while my legs felt fine the next day, I'm still feeling it in my back.
My questions are:
am I attempting too much with 220km given my longest ride is only 90 to date?
will doing 140km in one ride be better then say a 70km ride one day, and a 70km ride the next day? or 50km a day for three days in a row? I want to do this long ride, but jesus my back... 140km will probably take me 8-9 hours, and I gotta be honest, after the first two it just isn't fun; if I can I'd rather do multiple shorter rides.
FWIW, this long ride is basically to transport my (mountain) bike from where I live now to where I will be living, I'd rather ride it there then stick it on a bus.
Any and all thoughts welcome.