so i have the opportunity to go on the transam trail this august-october. however, i've never toured before, and i know that date is fast-approaching. i was wondering whether considering my current fitness level and the time remaining, i have enough time to be able to be able to physically handle an average of the 60 miles per day my friend is aiming to cover.
i'm generally fit, but don't bike too much. the last two days i was able to complete 30 and 35 miles (respectively) unloaded on a moderately hilly route. it was a challenge, but doable. i didn't need breaks. however, i know the transam is mountainous in places, and i'm sure traveling with a loaded bike makes a huge difference.
if i have enough time, how should i prepare for this? i was thinking of riding shorter distances (about 20 miles) 3/4 times during the week, at faster speeds, and soon adding weight, while keeping saturday and sunday for more time consuming, longer rides. hopefully up to 50 miles by july 1st? what's a reasonable amount of weight to travel with? my bike is about 35 pounds. and i'm not sure how tent, sleeping bag, bike repair kit, etc. generally weighs. i know there's fluctuation. ballpark would be great. and i'll try not to pack too much
i understand i'm getting into this with no experience. and i'm probably asking some ridiculously novice-like questions. but i'd genuinely appreciate any sincere advice. this just sounds like too good an opportunity to pass up!