My lady friend and I just signed up for our"biggest ride to date" and I'm somewhat scarred. I have done some centuries this past year and lots of somewhat shorter rides. We ride some sixty mile rides and lots of forty's. We climb a lot as well.
This past year was our first year. We're both mid fifties. Anyway,, for us, we signed to ride a really long ride with major climbing. The ride is 230 miles long, and has 16,500 ft of elevation gain and includes many climbs at elevations as high as 11,500 ft. http://www.deathridetour.com/about.php
To make it even more of a challenge it's in early June. Living in Colorado the winters keep us indoors a good bit, even when it's warm out the mountain climbs are icy and have a good bit of gravel spread on the road. Needless to say an indoor trainer will be a big part of this winters training for this ride.
I'm unsure if I should spend most of my time riding intervals above lactate threshold, and just try to get longish road rides when the weather would permits. Or what. I suppose I should also do squats ect to build up my leg strength as well.
Can any of you give me some advise please?