After getting back to cycling October of last year after many years break following marriage and three children.
My goal is to ride a Century and I am signed up for the Seagull Century in September. I have been pushing myself mainly on Hill riding so I can gain strength as from the start Hills really slowed me as I am currently riding as Clyde at 212 lbs at 5'6 though I am down 25 lbs since starting and can tackle most of the hills in the area except one that reaches a 20 gradient that now requires me to stop twice on to catch my breath, down from 4 times. So I have definitely grown in that area.
I am doing weekend rides around 45 miles and it's time to increase the miles.
I understand that the ride I will be doing is by the Sea and even though is flat it can be quite windy.
Can I get recommendations as to how I should focus my training.
The area I live in is rolling hills in PA. I was thinking of riding my compact cranks with 12-28 gearing but do have 39/53 if that would be better on the flat even with wind?
I don't have a time that I am aiming at but want to finish well and finish with energy.