I've tooled back through the threads, but admittedly I haven't made it all the way back to year 0 yet, so please forgive me if this redundant
I'm hoping to ride my first 200k in June.
Right now, I ride daily, and I've been stepping the mileage up a bit at a time (I put in about 70 miles last week, and I'm sitting at around 35 from Sunday through now).
However, the longest continuous ride I've done recently was only about 30 miles (approximately 48k -- wow, that sounds pathetic, LOL). It might've been longer if I'd remembered to bring something to eat, but I naiveley expected to be able to locate food in part of town theretofore completely unknown to me (oops). I felt fine afterwards, so I'm planning a longer trip for this weekend (probably 40-50 miles: I'll bring some food this time ).
I live in a hilly area, and I'm pretty accustomed both to climbing (slower than some, faster than others) and descending. I'm assuming this is probably a good thing, because most of Kentucky is either rolling, hilly, or downright mountainous (and there don't seem to be any RUSA brevets in our flat neighboring state of Indiana ). I'm also in decent shape, physically, and improving steadily after a long lay-off last year due to health complications. I do have asthma, but it seems to be under pretty good control at this point (finally).
My question is this: is it reasonable to think that I could ride a 200k in June if I start training now? And, if so, do you have any training suggestions? I plan to consult my friendly local bicycle club (Louisville Bicycle Club), as well, of course, but I'm very much a proponent of the 'ask everyone and read everything you can think of' approach to knowledge-garnering.
I am horrible at coming up with 'reasonable' goals and training plans -- my usual approach is to jump into the deep end and hope I don't drown , so reality checks are entirely welcome.
Also: I'm planning on biting the bullet and dropping the whole $20 to join RUSA (even I can afford that! ); if I don't get to do the June 200k, I'm sure there will be others later in the year, so I plan to get my butt in gear either way.