I'm very recently getting into cycling (Friday last week was my first time riding a road bike, and first time on a bike since four years prior). I have a long standing habit of doing time consuming cardio and naturally I want to get into ultracycling (I've run a handful of ultramarathons, and have definitely done equivalent feats on the game Pump It Up ("DDR" for those of you not in the know)). But I have no clue where to begin, how quickly I should expect to progress, or how I should expect my body to hold up. I will be doing my first century on Saturday just to get an idea of how I can keep pace on longer rides (I've gone to 60 miles keeping a pace of 20mph, but that was in beyond ideal conditions and probably "beginners luck").
My questions are this.
1) What specific stumbling blocks will I run into beyond time constraints? I've heard of 'saddle sores' (though people tell me not to worry since I have a Brooks), but what other injuries are common when getting started with ultracycling?
2) How do I find others locally who wouldn't mind tagging along on 50+ mile training rides? Are there clubs specifically for distance riding?
3) More experienced riders, how long has it taken you to get where you are?c Have you met, exceeded, or fallen short of your expectations?
I suppose I'll have more, but I'm a bit tired and need to get some sleep. Thanks in advance for any replies!