Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: NE Tx
Bikes: Tour Easy, Linear USS, Lightening Thunderbolt, custom DF, Raleigh hybrid, Felt time trial
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With the mileage you're already putting in, you're already in shape for touring. Of course, it never hurts to fine tune your conditioning, but don't over do it. Don't want to burn out before you start the tour. It's common for people to sort of train up as they go. Low mileage at first, gradually increasing the distance/time as you go.
You'll be pedaling in the hottest, most humid part of the summer and it'll only get worse as you move south. Hydration is the critical element. Get dehydrated and you'll zonk. Drink lots of fluids whether you're thirsty or not. Use your urine color as a guide. Pale yellow is just right.
Remember, you're touring, not racing. Calibrate your daily mileage to how you feel, not to reach a certain place. Leave time for visiting, eating, exploring, taking pictures, journaling your ride. I like to leave early each morning and get most of my mileage in by noon in the summer. Maybe do a couple of more hours late in the evening. Just hang out somewhere during the hottest part of the day.
Pack with the idea of not exceeding 35 pounds of gear or less. More than that and you've probably got too much stuff, especially for summer touring.
Check out www.crazyguyonabike.com
, the premier touring site on the web.