Hey guys! I have my first century tomorrow, pretty excited! --But that's not what I am here to ask.
I ride about 200 miles a week and I want to see this number inflated to 500+ a week. My current riding schedule looks something like this:
Mon.-Fri. -- I ride roughly 100 miles, sometimes a little more, sometimes as low as 80 miles. This is spread out over 20+ mile rides, and I usually don't ride on Monday, meaning it's an average of 25 miles the other four days.
Sat. & Sun. -- I ride an additional 100+ miles, with an average of 50 on both days. I say "+" because one of my favorite rides is to Springfield, Mass. and that is more on the line of 65 miles roundtrip.
To answer the question of how I have enough time, something I get a lot from people who ride near me, is I am a college student and it's the summer. Now I work, so I do my weekday rides before work, usually leaving home at about 5:30am. I crafted my class schedule this Fall semester with my bike riding in mind, and basically Mon./Wed./Fri. I am free after 12:30, giving me 5 hours of free time each afternoon, which I plan on devoting to bike riding. Tue./Thur. I can only manage about two hours of free time. Saturday and Sunday will remain wide open to longer rides and longer ride times, I was thinking I would be able to do 10 hours on Saturday and Sunday I'd go with 6. This means that in a week I have a grand total of 35 hours of time I can devote to bike riding.
At a 16 mph pace (or a cadence of 90 on my single speed) this means I could potentially ride 560 miles each week. The obvious problem is that I can't just jump from 200 to 560. So, the question is, how should I be preparing myself and what does a riding schedule look ike that would bring me up to that distance each week without burning me out?
For those curious why I want to ride this much, partially enjoyment, partially health, and partially training for competition biking (crits and road races).