for you seasoned tourers, how long did it take before you felt like you were fit enough to travel long distances, day after day?
id consider myself to be quite fit.. i did my longest ride 2 weeks ago (im 21 btw), it was a 40 mile ride which took me just under 5 hours (including breaks), it might not sound like much but the terrain is very hilly around here.. you dont get long sections of flat road for more than a minute. it's either uphill or downhill, usually steep.
after the ride i felt ok but if i hadn't had the proper snacks and drinks i would've been much slower and not healed so well, i couldn't imagine doing another 40 miles the following day.
how can i improve my fitness so it's at the level required to do long distance touring? my friend said it may take around 12 months of increasingly intensive training, saying i'd have to do loads of other exercises and stretches, building up my back and upper body muscles, doing finger stretches, and wrist exercises etc etc.
what are your ideas on this?