I didn't know if this should go here or the T&N section of the forum, but I thought this might actually be the better spot.
I rode mountain bikes for a season in Montana before moving back to the Midwest. Since coming back, I've been riding road regularly and have done 3-4 centuries this year. My longest ride was ~120 miles, it wasn't comfortable (ran out of water/food) but I finished. I've been interested in doing longer rides and developing a focused training plan to enter and complete (while pushing myself) things like RAW.
I've been trying to log as many miles as I can and have been looking closely at bike fit and how I feel during/post rides. I've gotten a good idea as to how my body reacts to foods/drinks over some of the longer rides too. Reading some posts here at BF, I get the impression that the newer riders should just try to log miles; so I've been trying to ride as much as I can. However, there isn't any structure to what I do (ride during the week, listen to my body, then try something longer on the weekends) and I feel I can make a lot of progress with a plan.
There are books out there for general cycling training, but are there any for longer events like brevets/RAW? Should I look at a coach to guide training for these types of events? Is it worth looking at a coach for where I am as a cyclist?
Any input is appreciated. Thanks.