This weekend I will be doing my first long-distance group bicycle ride along the California coast
It's a bicycle ride for charity http://www.hazon.org , not a race. Each day I have the option to do either a 30 mile or 55 mile route.
Both will have some medium-challenge hills. This will be the most intense amount of bike riding I have ever done.
I've been car-free for the past year and ride between 10-30 miles each day. But I rarely have to deal with any hills
or challenging inclines on my rides and I didn't have much time to train for hill endurance.
My daily mileage is also spread out throughout the day, where this upcoming 30-55 miles per day will be done with only a
few small rest stops in between. Naturally I'm a bit apprensive about my physical endurance for this race.
I want to do the 55-mile route each day, but I'm concerned I won't have the endurance especially the hills.
Even the hills on the 30-mile route would be a major concern.
I also don't know if it's actually necessary to do a 55 mile ride during my training period to be able to do a 55-mile route for the bicycle ride event.
But I know I'm probably in good shape relative to others doing this ride, since I don't think that many of them ride the distances I do
each and every day for over a year. For optimum performance this is my plan
Stretch before and after the ride, and stretch at the scheduled rest periods
Pop a GU gel packet every 45 minutes (I may keep one taped with a ziplock onto my bike so I can gulp while riding)
Drink plenty of water before, during and after my ride each day
Pop a small can of Starbucks doubleshot espresso for a caffeine kick as needed
May bring my headphones and MP3 player so I can use music to motivate me
If anyone has some additional advice, please share it.