My goal is a century, which is something I've never done before. The longest I rode before a few weeks ago was ~40 miles (and I did a few of those), but then I took the winter off so I've pretty well been starting over.
I've been making regular 20 and 33 mile rides throughout the week for a month or so, and did my first 50 two weeks ago. It seemed pretty grueling then, and last night was no different. 30 felt like a walk in the park, 40 felt like some work, and the last 6-8 miles were all willpower and hurt. Total time: 3.5 hours. Today my knees are sore; not limping but close.
Where should I be going from here? Repetition of the same? Scale back? Something I'm doing wrong that I should correct?
Also: butt complains most of the ride. New seat coming in (have a cheapie on there now). But this wouldn't effect my knees so much I wouldn't think?