Just wondering if anyone can point out some resources for training - other than the thread on fixie centuries. As I mentioned in another thread, I'm hoping to do a pretty mountainous 200km ride in late January, and want to start planning a training schedule.
ATM I'm finding it very hard to picture how much training I'll need. I've casually done "training rides" for other long rides in the past, but nothing very formal - just a few 100-120km rides on the weekends leading up.
So, a few dopey questions:
1) Does everyone get fitter at more or less the same rate? That is, if I measure my fitness at point A, and know what fitness I need at point Z, then can I calculate how much training is required between them?
2) What's most important - time on the bike, k's on the bike, or climbing time?
3) Is there anything wrong with training off-road? I'd probably rather be doing 100km of dirt than 150km of asphalt. Legit?
4) How much does commuting help? I have a 25km return commute, but I rarely do it more than 1-2 times per week. Will increasing that count for much?