I am getting ready to attempt Seattle to Portland in one day, but all of my training rides have been solo. My pace has been 100 miles in just under 8 hours with about 20 minutes total off the bike.
I am getting nervous in my ability to finish is 16 hours at this pace. My questions are:
1. How much time should I expect to gain if I can ride in groups
2. What pace group should I try to join? My flat solo pace is somewhere around 14-15 miles per hour.
On my two century rides so far this season, I have been able to keep my heart rate well under 150, usually around 140. I finished both rides in very good shape, but they have only been half the distance. In the rest of the week, I am riding about 60-70 miles total.
Am I in over my head?