How much preparatory riding do folks do for a week-long tour? I and 'NeilFein' are leaving in two weeks riding from Pittsburgh to DC, and I want to make sure I'm physically up to it. I've been increasing my mileage as I can, and I completed a hundred mile week last week. That includes back to back days of commuting - 33 miles round trip. And my mileage will be increasing during the remaining ten days or so.
I've heard and read differing advice on preparing for touring. There seems to be a school of 'no preparation' preparation, as practiced by David Lamb in his book Over the Hills, Nick Lubowski in his Dirt Rag article last year, and a poster here who told me he did no training before touring. Then there's the 'ride close to the mileage you will ride' school. And there seems to be a middle approach; I'd heard somewhere that if you can ride your estimated daily mileage back to back days, and feel able to ride a third, you are ready.
Thoughts on this? Any advice for Neil F. and I, or would that be a case of closing the barn door after the Clydesdale has gone?