Advice for final rides before 24 hour
Hi, I will be riding the national 24 hour in 3 weeks. I have ridden it several times, without great results. I am looking for some advice for the final few weekend rides before the event.
My problem comes down to being slow. I can finish the first loop within the required time frame, usually with an hour or more to spare, but it takes too much out of me (especially if it is hot). I don't want to cut it too close to the cutoff in case of mechanical or other issues like wind. I get too drained from the first loop to do well after that. I ultimately want to finish in a comfortable time without pushing too hard so I can do better later.
This year I have done two centuries and two 200k's, along with some short faster rides (well, fast for me). I was fairly fresh after the 200k's, but I did take longer breaks than I would at the N24HC. I am trying to decide what to do for the final two weekends before the event, especially this coming weekend. The following weekend I will do a couple of rides in the 100k range. My choices are:
1. a long 300k. This might help with the long distance, but might not be as good for finishing the first loop more comfortably. I would have to ride the 300k at my current comfortable pace.
2. two shorter faster rides, maybe 120k and 80k. This would help a little with maintaining a bit faster pace over a longer distance, but would not help with longer ride issues such as comfort and food. It would not help with sluggish times on very long rides. Food and drink have been a problem for me in the past on the N24 but I seem to have solved it so far this year, but I have not ridden in high heat.
I know this is not a long term plan for training. I have been working on that mainly by joining a club with faster rides. I was just looking for some advice for what I might do this year before the event. I am leaning toward the shorter rides thinking that the longer ride at a steady pace will not add much value.
thanks for any advice.