Okay, 475 miles in eight days. I want to do next year's Bike Across Kansas, which is almost exactly a year away.
I need advice on training. It's about 59 miles a day average.
I am 43, and just getting back into cycling after a health issue last fall. I ride every other day and can do 4 or 5 miles on my one-speed cruiser. I am getting a Specialized Sirrus in a few weeks, which is the bike I plan to do this ride on.
Kansas is flat, but from what I understand (and my experience driving in that part of the country) there are plenty of hills, though few if any are extremely difficult. The ride probably loses about 2,700 feet of elevation between the Colorado and Missouri borders. Riders don't have to carry all their gear on the bike, for what that's worth.
How would one go about building up the endurance for this event?
Thanks in advance for any help.